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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chapter 26

 I'm not even gonna try to sugar coat it for y'all, 25 was a rough year. It included many learning experiences, several disappointments, and a couple of moments where it really broke me. That's not to say that the entire year was bad, but there was a lot of tough moments for me. In the same breath, however, I can say that I'm really blessed. I'm blessed to have some of the most AMAZING human beings in my corner, always believing in me and catching me when I'm about to fall. I wouldn't have made it through year 25 without y'all so thank you. I'm also blessed to have learned so much about myself this past year, even in some of my not so great moments. I learned to stand firm in my beliefs about life and the way to treat people when I am being tested. I learned that I am rather fearless when I really want to be. And I learned that when circumstances change, you really find out who is important and will always be there for you. For those lessons, I am incredibly grateful and excited for my 26th year of life. I know I will continued to be challenged and continue to learn, but I also know that God is setting me up for something totally and completely amazing.

As I've been thinking about turning 26 the past couple of days I've been thinking about my personal goals for this year and what I want to personally do differently from years past. I've narrowed it down to six things I will hold myself accountable to doing this year so that I don't make the same mistakes I did in the past and become a better version of myself. Here are my six affirmations for the next 365 days:

1. I will be more present- I have realized that, in this age of social media and our obsession with always being connected, that sometimes we miss the moments as they are happening. We miss the laughs at dinner with friends or the milestones of life because we're consumed with documenting every moment. I don't want to miss those moments because I was trying to get it on video or more interested in my Instagram feed than partaking in a conversation.

2. I will worry less about the things I can't control- I can't change the past, even if I wish I could. All I can and all I want to focus on is what I am currently doing and how that is going to make me a better version of myself. "The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it."

3. I will spend less on things and more on experiences- Some you are probably laughing right now because you know your girl loves a good shopping spree. In giving up shopping for Lent, as hard as it has been, I've realized that I buy some pretty pointless stuff, and do so impulsively. Do I need another pair of jeans when I already have 8 pairs hanging in my closet? Probably not. Do I want to pay off a credit or two in the next year? Umm, yeah! I digress, less things and more life.

4. I will travel more- this piggybacks off of #3 a little bit. With so many places I want to go and so many people I want to see I'd rather be on an airplane than have another striped sweater or another pair of distressed jeans. 

5. I will be less afraid- I call a couple of the most fearless people I know my best friends. Watching some of the risks they've taken only inspires me to push myself further and jump a little more willingly into the unknown. I worry and over analyze things A LOT. I think part of being less afraid will also include not worrying so much about all of the little things or allowing those things to hinder my progress as a person. God, I'm ready to get out of the kiddie pool and be thrown into the deep end. Bring it on!

6. I will focus more on myself- not in a selfish way, but I will try to compare my situation or the road I am on less to that of other people. I want to try to remember that a picture is worth a thousands words and I don't necessarily know what that person may be experiencing or how long their road to get to where they are may have been. Rather, I want to use those people as inspiration and motivation to get myself to where I want to be. 

Thank you in advance for all the birthday wishes! I really appreciate them!


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