Being Enough in a Not Enough World

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Today’s post that you’re about to dive into is a guest post from an incredible and inspiring woman who I admire for being vocal and vulnerable about a subject so many of us can relate to. Being enough in a not enough world. No matter who you are or what kind of life you have, it’s easy to get lost in the social-media-obsessed world we live in today. We’ve all had moments of defeat and times when we question our self-worth. I’ve been there. I hope this new series on my blog will help lift spirits and bring you a fresh new perspective from real and inspiring women. Please let me know at the end of this post what you think of these guest contributed posts in 2018 here on my blog. xo, Saz


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The other day I did something that led me down an ugly path: I found myself perusing the social media channels of a young woman doing what I am passionate about in life, but much further down the road. Some might say she is more successful. I found myself comparing what I was doing with what she was doing and a bit of jealousy began to grip my heart. Not only was she flourishing in her dream, but she was beautiful and seemed to have this vibrant life that made my days filled with baby spit-up, exhaustion, and rare one-on-one hubby time seem mundane. I began to discount my worth.

Comparison is a horrible thing and social media doesn’t help. For the record, I happen to adore following my friends on Instagram and keeping up with my family on Facebook. It can be a wonderful thing. However, it also beckons you and me to secret places of feeling bad about who we are and what we are doing in life.

• You see a fashion blogger looking perfect as usual and feel a little less pretty.
• A like-minded girl gets recognized for her passion and you go unnoticed.
• Her husband seems to always be doting on her and you feel lonely.
• She got the perfect family picture but your kid(s) has been in the worst mood all day and you’re barely keeping it together.

Truth is, people often portray what they want people to believe about them. Rarely does the follower get a real glimpse into that person’s life. Rarely do they see the imperfect and unlovely. Television and magazines don’t always help either. Starting with this in mind, know that no life is perfect and that no person has it all together. We all struggle with something. Carry some burden. Worry about some issue out of our control.

What do you do when you don’t feel good enough because comparison is knocking at your door? Three things can be very helpful in those hidden moments:

• Get some perspective – Remind yourself that the person you are comparing yourself to is in a different stage of life. Take a cue from Jon Acuff: “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” You’re just in a different phase and that’s ok!
• Change your mindset – When an unwanted thought pops into your head, immediately smack that ugly down! Instead of listing what you don’t have and who you aren’t, start taking into account what you do appreciate about yourself. Remember: there is no one else like you in this world! Appreciate all the wonderful that is you.
• Celebrating the other person’s success – A great way to combat comparison is to honor others. Celebrate their wins and encourage them in their dreams. We are all sisters and if we don’t have each other’s backs, who will? Their win isn’t a loss for you; this world is big enough for us all to dream and be and succeed.

I share with you only what I’ve shared with myself in those moments. I know it’s not always easy to combat comparison but if you truly want to flourish in this life and walk out who you are in true confidence, embrace your contributions to this world and do it with a passion to see others do the same.

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Brittany Rust is a writer, speaker, and pastor who has the privilege of serving on staff at Red Rocks Church in Denver, CO. She is also the host of the Epic Fails podcast, where she shares powerful stories of redemption in people’s lives. Brittany and her husband Ryan have a handsome son named Roman and together they make their home in the Rocky Mountains, pursuing outdoor adventures, great food, and memorable stories. You can find more inspiration for life at www.brittanyrust.com and catch her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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  1. I needed to hear this! Actually was perfect timing for me, so thank you. Social media can be amazing, but it definitely has its datk sides. I especialm loved the quote, so accurate. Cant wait to see what other lovely people who have as guest writers!

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

  2. Timely article in this mad world of social media; it’s easy to get carried away! sometimes we need to take a step back and get some perspective and stop comparing our lives to other people. Instead we should show appreciation for others and enjoy the ride! Thanks for sharing Sazan xxx

  3. This was BEAUTIFULLY well said. It is something i relate to and believe in. I struggle with my internal bad thoughts. Im my worst CRITIC. I have so much Love and support in my life. we shouldn’t compare each other, instead we Should uplIft One other. Thank you for this powerful Words.

  4. I think It is a spiritual battle. When we compare ouR life to others, and wish we had their life. it’s like telling God im not happy with my blessings. I have been there anD always ask god to take those thougts away from me because they are not from him.

  5. I think everyone needs to read this. We are so caught up in comapring ourselves that we end up taking the simple things in life for granted.

  6. Hi saz! i liked this inspirational post and think betHany has a lot of good things to say. HOwevEr, i would much Prefer reading post like these Written by you! I Think you definitely have enough tHoughts and experiences to inspire us with your own words!

    Love your blog!

  7. A beautiful article. I think this all has to do with jealousy. A really important step to overcome this, is to grant others their luck and take the things they have as your own goal, when you want to have it. They should be role models for oneself instead of enemies. 😉
    It helped me a lot to think about my own goals and wishes. I did this a lot when I started with astrology. I studied my zodiac on http://www.astrosofa.com/zodiac and learned a lot about myself. I think all people should think more about themselves instead of others.

    I wish you a wonderful time!

    Michelle

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this. I so needed to hear it because it’s relatable to what I’ve been through. Honestly, this blog was a perfect reminder for me to know that I am enough no matter what happens in my life. Can’t wait to read more of this. <3

  9. Great post. I love how it was mentioned that at moments of defeat, we question out self worth. Also about the comparison and helpful tips for readers.
    Also loved that you had a guest contributed post!
    xo- Liza

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