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I didn't let limiting labels define me

posted 9 Nov 2014, 07:52 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 13 May 2015, 10:53 ]
By Josephine Bila

My name is Josephine Bila. I’m here to tell you that you can achieve anything you want in life.

Other people may try to define you and tell you who you are or what you can’t do. Don’t be afraid not to listen.

If you resonate with any of the negative connotations or challenges represented in labels that once defined me, let it be known that you can push through them.

At the age of 6 months, my parents were told that I would not live into my teenage years, because I was born with a rare incurable genetic illness. From my early childhood years through my teen years, I missed many days of school in order to go to the hospital to receive medical treatment. My grades suffered as a result. Regardless of the internal and external battles I faced daily, I always pushed myself to keep going.

Unfortunately, no matter how tenacious I was, teachers and guidance counselors constantly told me that I would never make it through college. They promised that I would fail as an adult. The ignorance and cruelty displayed to me was immeasurable, but those teachers, peers and guidance counselors gave me something no one else could: absolute drive and determination to see them wrong. Their words helped me establish a forward momentum in achievement that I now want to share with others.

I graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Psychology with Minor in Biology from Dowling College in 1998. I then received a Master of Social Work degree from New York University in 2000. After experiencing the heaviness of working as a child therapist, I realized I needed a lighter job. Upon graduation, I taught myself HTML and basic Web design and changed my career to work in Website Production. I then turned to the entertainment industry and have since been repeatedly chosen over hundreds of competing applicants to work for some of the most beloved world-renown Fortune 500 entertainment companies.

Sometimes we need a little help to find inner peace and Truth when life seems to constantly present us with internal and external battles.

If you dream it, you can achieve it. No matter what anyone has told you in the past or how much self-doubt you have.

We all live fast lives, so it’s easy to get out of sync with our mind/body consciousness. My survival depends on being highly attuned to the inner workings of my mind/body dialogue, so my knowledge of the subject runs deep.

When you learn how to listen to your body, you learn how to release negative emotions that appear in the body as stress, anxiety, depression and/or anger.

Negative emotions live inside of the body when the mind contains unresolved negative thoughts. Understanding how your negative thoughts are manifesting an unconscious unhappy world inside of your body, is key to finding your personal power and inner strength. Live your best life.

Josephine Bila