2019 New Year New You
I cannot believe that the new year is finally here. Even as I write this it's so bizarre to think that 2018 is officially over. Is it just me or does anyone else not know where the time went? A part of me is excited to start this new chapter of my life; leaving the old one behind. 2018 was a tough year, I like to call it, the rising action chapter of my life. It might have been one of the toughest chapters yet. I had a lot of changes happen, from jobs, to friendships, to family but through it all I became stronger and hopefully wiser.
It's funny when you read your favorite novels and you see your beloved heroine/hero go through these tough times you can't quite relate until the same things happen to you. I realized that through faith, love, and friendship you can get through anything. That is why I write new years resolutions every year because it allows me to see how far I've come throughout the story of my life.
I am so proud of myself that I have continued to write this blog and let my creativity flow in ways I never thought possible. It has always been a dream of mine to write and have people read, hopefully, feeling the passion through my words. 2018 I discovered my voice in my writing and it made me stronger in developing the overall purpose of this wonderful blog. Not only is this blog close to my heart but I got to help people through it. I got to work with Allstate and give a voice to women who have gone through financial and domestic abuse. I got to be featured in Voyage Chicago and got to talk about my passions and aspirations. So, sometimes as you go back and reflect the darkest times of your life you also notice the rainbows.
It got me thinking and I decided to dedicate this blog post to New Years resolutions and how you can go about starting your year on a positive note.
Risk + Failure = Blessing in Disguise
There are so many moments where you don't take that chance because you're to afraid of failing. I am notorious for this, in fact, I sometimes think that I am NOT worthy enough of things that I want. There's times where I think, that blogger is better, or she's got more of the 'look' than me. However, in 2019 I am here to tell you that YOU CAN and you WILL. R.J. Smith said "Nothing hurts a failure but a try." So take those leaps of faith, do something you're afraid of, because you'll never know where your blessing begin. I try to tell myself to listen to that small voice inside, the one that requires silence from the bustle around you. The one that sometimes gets overshadowed by the negative one, that is the one that will never lead you astray. How will you know that you can't do a job, or that you can't handle a promotion if you don't try? So take that dusty road, the one that may seem a bit scary, because it could be the yellow brick road you'd been searching for.
Live Life in Color
My motto is to live life and live colorfully. There are so many times where we get caught up in work, stress, and the bustle of living that we don't stop to see the beauty around us. Have you ever just closed yourself off, put some headphones on, and listened, deeply, to your favorite song? You immerse yourself in the lyrics, feel the vibrations of the tunes underneath your skin, and just feel it speak to you. Those infinitesimal moments of color is what make life so beautiful. Chase those moments and never forget them because they will be your comfort in the hardest times.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust
Sometimes it's hard to see the great things happening in your life, especially when there tends to be more tribulations than triumph. For me, 2018 was my tribulations, or what I like to call my uphill battle year. Most characters in stories have this portion in their stories when they're going on a quest and all these obstacles try to deter them from getting further in their story. We all know that feeling. However, in chapters like these, you always have that sidekick, or friend, or talking animal ( if you're a Disney Princess) that you rely on. I had my friends this year. They were always there to comfort me, to praise me, and to make me feel like I am worthy of anything. That is true friendship and to them I am grateful. All of these beautiful, strong women, never let my crown fall but helped me fix it when the burden felt too great. Be grateful of the wonderful people in your life because you too are never alone.
2019: Time to Lean...
2019 is the time to lean, on yourself, on your aspirations, and on the realization that you will succeed. Remember, to put your mind to what you want and never stop striving for that goal. This is YOUR year. Your story isn't over it's just beginning.
Thank you all for going through my 2018 chapter with me. I cannot wait to write many more! Also, my shirt was from Forever 21 and I loved the metallic look perfect for bringing in the new year! My skirt was burrowed from my lovely friend Natalie, but it's from T + J Design. The silver sequins is so classy and fabulous. I glimmered like a disco ball all night. Until next time loves! Happy New Year!!