We’ve Moved!

Neon BlueAfter six months of design, hard work, and procrastination, we have finally LAUNCHED our new website and new logo! Head over to Launchyoungadults.org/blog if you want to continue reading our blog. Follow us on any of the social media sites. We’ll see you there! Be great!!!

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Wonderful Life

Inspiring-Wisdom-Quotes-From-365-Days-Of-Tumblr-1I have said before that Life is Perfect. By perfect I don’t mean that things don’t go wrong, bad things don’t happen, I don’t get mad, sad, frustrated, bored, etc. I just mean, the balance of all the good and all the bad and all the opportunities and experiences make life, well, my life at least, wonderfully perfect.
I love that quote because perfection is relative. What may be perfect for you may not be for me and vice versa. What is great is that, each time I wake I get another chance to enjoy this life experience.
{Bee Tee Dubs, I’ve never seen that movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, mainly because it’s in black and white and I have eyes that are used to 2013 ultraviolet retina display HD color and I just simply don’t want to. I’m pretty sure it’s a Christmas time of year flick, like the classic Home Alone series, but check it out and let me know how it is. }
We have all been there when you want to quit life, hide, disappear, or swap lives with someone else. We have also been extremely happy, excited, entertained, loved or felt loved, and smiled. Situations that are sometimes beyond your control cause you to find yourself in places, with people, or situations that aren’t perfect or wonderful, but, in the grande scheme of things, you have the power to produce the life you want. It may require sacrifice, patience, friendships, etc., but it’s your life, make it wonderful.

Did you know that you can avoid success?

You, like me, may have never thought about wanting to avoid success, but we all have done it, and very well might I add.

How?

Procrastination. Excuses. Laziness. Fear. Believing Lies.

If any of those thoughts or feelings creep up, don’t avoid them, face them, conquer them, and blast through them.

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Let Downs

When-Something-Bad-HappensIt happens to all of us, but the effects of being let down or disappointed run deep and can stick around for a long time.

For some people, they blame that single experience on their choices and allow it to determine the rest of their lives. A major disappointment or let down will always be a part of your story, but you are in complete control over the power you give it. You can choose to let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you.

Check out Deserae’s story and how she handled and is currently handling being let down. (Click the Pic)

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Which one are you?

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I know I’ve been each at some point.

The difference I’ve found is all in my mind, it’s all mental.

When I acknowledge fear and submit to it, I consider myself a coward. When I acknowledge fear and carry on in spite of if, I feel courageous.

When I start something and my mind says quit and I oblige it, I feel weak but when I ignore my thoughts and push through, I experience strength.

When I set a goal, if halfway through I decide I can’t make the goal, and stop, I have failed. When I choose to continue on… I win.

Which one I choose to be depends on the day. Luckily, the courageous, strong, winning days outnumber the others more and more.

‘Regular’ Kid- Alex!

Part of the reason I created Launch Young Adults was because I felt there wasn’t a voice or positive representation of the ‘regular’ kids/teens/young adults. Not one place to turn if you are an average American teen or young adult, for help, or to see someone who shared your experience. It always seemed as though as long as you had a stigma or fit a certain group, help was readily available. If you are/were

  • High Risk

  • Low Income

  • Teen Mom

  • Drug or Alcohol Addict

  • Child of a parent in jail, deceased, or serving in the Armed Forces

  • etc.

There seemed to be programs, funding, and centers to help you, and rightly so, there should be. And for those from families above a certain income level, you could afford to get any help you needed or desired.

But what about the ‘regulars’, the ‘average’, the ‘normal’, or any other name I’ve heard them referred as? What if you grow up or grew up in a loving home where one or both parents worked, you had an ordinary childhood, attended and graduated high school, went on to college, or didn’t have the money for school? What if you had a business idea but your parents were already stretched thin trying to keep bills paid and juggle practices, rehearsals, and their own lives? Where do you turn for help? What’s your resource?

To me, it seemed as though you were left to figure out life on your own. While there’s nothing wrong with paving your own way, I thought it’d be nice to have an organization that existed, simply to fill in the gaps or what schooling and formal education didn’t teach, but that the ‘real world’ required you to know, to succeed.

So, in an effort to start putting faces to the ‘regular’ kids, we’ve started a new series of ‘story style’ videos. First up is Alex and his story of his unconventional high school experience. We invite you to subscribe to Launch Young Adults on YouTube, and check out Alex’s story Here

Qoute 1It’s true.

Whenever you decide to begin, that is the perfect time.

So, why not now?

How many times have we seen someone do something or come across a product or invention and thought, hey, I had that same idea, I should have done it.

Or, have you ever heard that someone passed or is sick and you feel bad because for so long you meant to call them.

Don’t put things off ’til later that can be done right now.

Whether it’s a business, a diet, a conversation, an apology,  to start speaking to the quiet girl in school,whatever it is.

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Today.

Start

workhardIt sounds simple and that’s probably because it is simple.

Work hard.

Don’t just halfheartedly go to work, create a company, workout, volunteer, babysit, or whatever. Do it to the absolute best of your ability. Commit yourself to whatever task you are currently presented with and honestly give it all you have. Go the extra mile, push yourself harder, take some initiative, go above and beyond, surprise yourself.

Be Kind.

There’s no magic potion to make you kind, you have to be kind, if it doesn’t come naturally, work on it, work hard on it. Be pleasant, be polite, be kind, be courteous, be nice to others, ESPECIALLY when they aren’t to you, that’s when they need it the most.

Working hard and being kind are rewards in and of themselves.

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Work Hard & Be Kind

Validation

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Validate. 

It’s one of those verbs turned nouns (validation) that is someone tricky to master.

When you’re little, you practice independence, you want to tie your own shoes, feed yourself, put your own clothes on, and parents encourage it because we need to learn to do things for ourselves. That independence though, you want recognition for; the first time you pee in the potty alone, you expect a Sesame Street parade down your block like that commercial. When you, as a child, paint, what you feel is an absolute work of  museum worthy art, and your parents oooh and awwe over it so much that you are reaffirmed, your thought that it was beautiful is validated, and soon your frig is covered with scribbles and stick figures that, truth be told,  only you truly view as art.

As you grow up though, having someone approve you, agree with you, support you, and even accept you can become somewhat dangerous if you fail to recognize when the transition occurs. I think there in lies the difference.

The healthy side of validation leans to, “do you share my opinion about what I’ve done, created, chosen, purchased, etc.?”, it’s external.

The unhealthy side leans to ‘prove to me that I am worthy, I am loved, I am good enough, and that you approve of WHO I am’, it’s internal.

That internal part is reserved only for you, that’s not a power you want to hand over to another person.

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