I Want to Do More

April 7, 2017 in About Me / College

It’s Fridayyyy!! And I’m off this weekend on a retreat. 🙂 Super duper excited for this weekend of teaching yoga, spending time with some awesome ladies, and getting closer to God. Then after I come back, I only have three more classes till I’m HOMEE! So excited to finally have a few days off and be with the fam!


So…

I want to do more.

The title of this blog post could go in so many different ways. But today, I’m talking about my life and my future.

I want to do more.

Ever since coming back from my service trip in West Virginia, I’ve been having this feeling in my heart that I just need to do more. I want to do more for the world, I want to do more to end the social injustices that our nation faces. I feel compelled to do so.

I always had it set in my heart that I would be a therapist for people with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. And while I still am passionate about those things, I feel as if my heart is getting pulled in other directions and my horizons are expanding. I am finding my passions to be changing and am thinking of doing things I would have never thought of doing a year ago. And it’s funny for me to think how I thought I peaked in my life last summer. Oh, how wrong I was. There is no final peak- we are constantly growing and evolving. We are dynamic.

Two weeks ago, I officially declared a minor in gender and sexuality studies. As a woman in 2017, I still see the sexists beliefs and attitudes present in our society. It is incredible disheartening. It is disheartening to see so many women not feeling good enough, so many women crawling behind the shadows of others because they lack confidence, so many women silencing their voice because they think no one will listen. So many women’s bodies taken advantage of. So many men stepping into the home that we as women cherish so much: that home being our bodies. There are injustices. There is gender inequality. Rape is still an issue, violence against women is STILL an issue. And I feel in my heart I can do more to help in these areas. I want to become more educated and take a stand on these issues.

I want to do more with bringing social justice to our society. To ending racial discrimination, to ending poverty, to taking a stand against homelessness.

Do I have a definite plan for my life yet? NOPEE. But that’s okay!! I’m still evolving and growing. That’s what’s so cool about life ya know? Our lives aren’t static. They’re constantly changing.

All I know is I want to do more to change the world. (cliché statement, IK!)

SOOO..

-I applied to be a service trip leader at my college and have an interview for that next week.

-I am thinking of more ways I can coordinate yoga into healing from trauma/ eating disorders.

-I am looking at volunteer opportunities/ internships at rape crisis centers.

-I am thinking of studying abroad and not interning abroad in London like I planned.

-I am also thinking of doing something with social work??

So yeah, I want to do more. More for our country, more for our world. I know it’s impossible for me to go out and repair the world by myself, but God I sure want to do all I can to help.


Thanks for reading today guys. Thought I’d give you a little insider into where I’m at with my life and such. 🙂 

Now tell me: 

Did you study abroad in college? If so, where? 

Weekend plans?! 

Have a lovely day babes!! Enjoy the weekend and take some time for yourselves. Lots of love <3

Lyss 🙂

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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It April 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

    GET IT GIRL. You are incredible and you’re going to do so much for this world! 🙂 Love you so much and we need to catch up soon! <3 xoxo

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:38 am

      ah yes please !! Ily girl!

  • Reply Emily April 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I think you should TOTALLY study abroad; it seems like it’s always been an amazing experience for the people who have done it. And I’m thankful that you have such a heart for helping others; praying for heavenly wisdom or you to know what you should be doing! <3 God will give you wisdom. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

      I have been dreaming of it for a while now! Thank you em!!

  • Reply Lynne (Lynne's Recipe Trails) April 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Lyss, you are incredible, and such an inspiration. There is so much you want to do, and I totally commend you, and I know whatever is meant to be at the time will be.
    Happy Friday and have the best weekend ever. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Aw Lynne! That means so much to me <3

  • Reply Claire April 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I am getting my masters in social work – I have my bachelors in psychology – and from everything you are saying it seems like social work would be a great fit! Because if you want to work with eating disorders and mental health, you can. But if you decided you would rather do something else like advocacy there is always that opportunity. There is a ton of variation in the field, that’s why I like it so much. You are incredible, girl! Best of luck to you xx

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:40 am

      thank you Claire!! That is really helpful for me- I don’t know a ton about the social work field yet. Thank you for the input!!

  • Reply Stephanie April 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    You goo with no regrets!! Its wonderful to see the every evolving Alyssa!

  • Reply Catherine @ A Cup of Catherine April 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Love this.
    Even at 33 I feel like I can do more. Feeling compelled to do more – and having a limited budget of time, resources, and money to do so – is actually a big source of my anxiety.
    But…big change is the result of lots of little changes. So whatever you (or I) do, it’s a start.
    You have such a generous, kind heart! I have no doubt you’ll do great things.
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    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:40 am

      I agree- a big change starts from something small! Thank you so much for your sweet words Catherine <3

  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules April 8, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I love that you feel your heart being tugged. You don’t need to have it all figured out. This is your time to explore and make waves in any different path of this life that you want to pursue. You get the chance to figure it all out- use it! I cannot wait to see where this world takes you!

    YAY on that minor! You are going to do so much. As someone who was raped in high school, we need people like you to help us feel the courage to speak out about it. I’m trying to be open about my own experience, and you just gave me the courage to write that on a blog comment- so THANK YOU. You’re already helping.
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    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:41 am

      I think it is an important reminder for me that I don’t have to have it all figured out yet, so thank you for that tJulia. And for your sweet words- you have such a big heart!!

  • Reply Claire B. April 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    You are awesome. I love that you’re just going with the flow and accepting that what you want to do with your life now, isn’t what you thought you wanted to do even a year ago–that’s really hard to do! But constantly reevaluating our values and our definitions of success is so very important to creating a meaningful life. Love this and you! <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Thank you so much Claire!! Love you and hope all is well <3

  • Reply Maddy April 9, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I’m so proud to call you my friend-you’re one hell of an incredible and generous person <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:42 am

      I love you beautiful soul <3

  • Reply Melanie April 9, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Ahh I totally relate to how you’re feeling right now. Your goals sound awesome and I know you’re going to be great at whatever career path you pursue. 🙂 I did not study abroad in college but I wish I had! I graduate in April but I’m hoping to do a service trip abroad next year. I think you should definitely go for it. Also SW is such a great option, I’m thinking of going that route for grad school. Hope you are having a wonderful time on the retreat! <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Thanks so much girl <3 I feel like you would benefit tons from a service trip. I say go for it!

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