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THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO YOUR GUT

Listen to your intuition and trust your gut reactions. You never know where they might take you.

How many times have you gone against your gut feeling and the outcome was never in your favor? Probably one too many times than you’d like to admit, right? Fortunately, trusting your intuition is pretty simple. Everyone has the ability to do it, and it can lead to great possibilities.

Listening to your gut is painfully terrifying because we aren’t allowing our mind to take the time to process our decision making, but sometimes that’s a good thing. You’re probably wondering, “where am I going with this?” and, “why should I toss all rational thinking out the door?” Your intuition is an internal GPS system that guides us in our decision processes. It’s different than a thought because that’s something you mull over;  intuition is more of a feeling. The best way to getting better at listening to that gut instinct is to act on it.

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An attempt to make decisions based on a feeling isn’t always going to happen when you want it to. Fear plays a huge factor in how we make choices, sometimes good but also sometimes bad.

A great example of this would be when I traveled to Iceland in 2016. I got myself into a “situation-ship” with someone I met there. After three weeks of texting and Skyping, I went back to see them and they came to my country to see me. When the relationship ended a year later, I experienced heartbreak I never thought I would survive, but luckily, I did. I went with my gut feeling to travel so far for someone who never fully committed to me. I was scared but did it anyways and even though I went through a lot of pain, it brought me back to Iceland multiple times afterwards. I fell in love with a new country, made new friends and memories, enrolled in school and worked as an editorial intern–all of this because I listened to my intuition that told me to embark on an adventure even if there was a lot of uncertainty.

The more we listen to our gut and act on it, we can become better friends and ultimately better to ourselves.

Listen to your gut when it comes to connecting with other vinas and share your experiences where intuition has helped you. Start swiping today!

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