Hello, 2019!

Hello, 2019!

2019 has arrived! Based off social media, it seems like everyone is ready to celebrate their efforts of last year, and start working on their 2019 goals. It’s been nice to see everyone embracing change and positivity for the new year, now we’ll just have to wait and see if that lasts. 😉

Last year my goals were career focused and about being more vulnerable, and this year I’ll be focusing on other parts of my life. I always think that you should have goals that are both internal and external.

My main internal goal for 2019 is honesty. This doesn’t mean I  have a problem with being dishonest, I mean that I  want to live more honestly.  I’d like to speak up more when something is bothering me and trusting myself to reveal the truth when necessary. I think bringing together what I’ve learned about vulnerability last year with honesty this year will be a positive change. Being honest with myself means holding myself accountable for how I’m feeling, in good times and in bad.

My external goal for 2019 is money management, primarily to focus on upgrading to a more adult apartment. With better job security, I  feel like the time is right to start focusing on keeping what I’ve earned, not frivolously spending it. Having the chance to find a new place and take ownership in the process is really exciting to me.  Of course, in the interim, cutting back on shopping will be rather difficult for me.

Like I  mentioned last year, resolutions shouldn’t have a deadline. Having a new year just means a new chance to add more positive change into your life and when the year ends, you get to look back at what you’ve been able to accomplish! Sending my best to those setting out to resolve or begin new goals for 2019!

Happy New Year!

-TW

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Spring Forward, Fall Back

As I mentioned earlier this month, spring is all supposed to be all about rebirth and having that awakening that would cure me of that funk February put me in. The month of March is almost over and let’s just say… I’m still in need of that cure.

We recently just experienced Daylight Savings Time and the saying goes “Spring Forward, Fall Back.” I’ve come to realize that’s basically the way I’ve been feeling recently…. falling back while trying to spring forward. I keep asking myself, how can I  stop falling… and the simple answer is… I can’t. Falling is a part of the process.

Embracing this mantra has really come to help me succeed professionally. Over the past year, I “fell” so many times as I struggled to find meaning and purpose in a job that wasn’t working for me. It was finally when I  fell the hardest that I started to spring forward and find a new path.

Now that I’ve gained great professional security, the other component of this is social security of course. (The harder of the two) I  find it so much harder to accept the falls that will come with making new connections, friends and dating. For anyone else who has had difficulties in similar areas, just know that sometimes falling only means you have another chance to get right back up.

Right now I’m feeling a little like I can’t get up, and quite frankly, like I don’t really want to, when it comes to social media. I’ve touched on this topic before but it can never be said enough. I’ve noticed myself withdrawing from posting and viewing Instagram as much because it’s all becoming too much! The constant oversharing, the daily night cream posts, the templates on your favorite things, I’m loosing my mind!

With a place like Instagram, it feels like there’s a lot of noice, but no one’s really talking. I’m working to step back on the daily mind suck of perfection I’m seeing online and focusing on the voice within to spring forward these next few months. I’ve been reminded recently that posts like these are helpful for others just as they are for myself so as always, thanks for reading along!

Life is too short to live in inauthentically, falls are going to happen, it’s about how we get up that helps us spring forward.

-TW

New Year, New Mindset

New Year, New Mindset

First and foremost, I hope everyone has had a fantastic and relaxing holiday season with friends and family! It’s been about a week since my last post due to lots of travel and festivities in between. Reconnecting with old friends from high school and then having some downtime with my family and dogs was just what I  needed as 2017 makes it’s final decent and we land in 2018. (Speaking in airplane as I’ve been on five flights in the past week) Anyway, all the downtime has been fantastic and I’ve got a really clear head when it comes to how this year played out and how I want to start 2018.

A year of self improvement and realization. If you’ve been following along here or know me personally, you’ll know that this year I’ve been focusing on improving myself, in hopes of improving the world around me. I made a career change in the fall, a decision I didn’t take lightly, but knew I needed to make in order to, in all honesty, get my life back. I’ve always believed and assumed everyone should be on the traditional career path out of school but after being in this new place, of uncertainty and unhappiness, I’ve been served a healthy dose of reality. I’ve realized how difficult it is to find EXACTLY what you want to do, and if it’s not in the traditional sense or timeline, than so be it. The uphill climb to your dream job isn’t going to be accomplished by your 24th birthday, and I’m okay with that now.

With time for my passions back on the table, I’ve been so grateful to have this blog as a creative outlet. Both friends and new followers alike continue to support my writing, photos and all other endeavors. I  know it’s a crowded market, and I’m sure seeing my face every few days on Instagram can get old, (imagine, I see this face everyday, I understand) but for everyone who reads and follows along with me, thank you!

I’m taking this time to think about how to carry out these practices that I began using this year, and how to implement them into the new year. I just started reading a new book and it’s all about being vulnerable and leaning into change. Literally, I’m only a chapter in and this book GETS IT! I  know that my gut instinct is to embrace my strengths and hide from my weaknesses, but 2018 is as good a time as any to start embracing everything.

I’ll be sharing my 2018 resolutions here shortly (as all good bloggers do) and encourage everyone to not only think about what they want to do next year, but to congratulate yourself for what you did this year! A little pat on the back for surviving what you accomplished in 2017 never hurt anyone!

See you soon, 2018!

-TW

Photo by: Jenny Connors