Another year has come and gone! Everyone says this, but I feel as though each year goes by faster and faster. Although 25 is still young (and I’m grateful for that LOL) I feel like I’ve learned a few things along the way that have helped to guide me. I’d like to share 5 of my learnings with you all!
1. Always have a POSITIVE attitude.
This is definitely a tough one. We all have those days, and I’m including myself in that. Someone might hurt your feelings, you might be exhausted from work or school, or maybe you just can’t seem to find anything to be happy about. There is always a bright side to any day. It just takes a little mind over matter to turn your day/week around! My family, my pup, and my blog are all things that make me happy. So, if I’m down I try and focus on spending time with them! Now that I’m going to be a mom, pregnancy is something I feel a lot of people have negative attitudes about. I’ve been surrounded by a lot of positive moms, especially new moms. As of today, I’m halfway through the journey, and I truly feel amazing. So much of that has to do with the power of positive thinking and some good exercise! Which brings me to my next point.
2. Stay Active
For me, I feel in love with Crossfit 5.5 years ago, and never looked back. I found after one class I was hooked and that it was the workout for me. You don’t have to be a serious athlete or anything. Just find an exercise you love and keep at it. More than anything, this is for your mental health. This also ties into learning number 1 a bit. I’m surrounded by a loving and friendly community at my gym and that’s the biggest thing that keeps me coming back. I’ve met my best friends through fitness and they’re more than just gym friends! I exercise for a few reasons: 1- To be a part of a community. 2- I want to be healthy (throughout pregnancy) and for life so that I can be there for my husband and my kids for a long time. 3-To set an example for my children to live a healthy and active lifestyle! A morning or afternoon at the gym also helps relieve any stress or anxiety I’m feeling.
3. Keep the FAITH
As a Christian, I let my faith guide me in all things. I’m no where near perfect. I forget to say my prayers some nights and Jon and I don’t always make it to church every single Sunday. However, knowing God loves me regardless is a thought that forever keeps me wanting to please Him.
4. Don’t care ONE BIT about what others think.
I was once in a place where I cared about everything people thought or said about me. If I still felt that way, I probably wouldn’t be blogging, and that would be a shame because it’s my passion. People say this rule all the time. “Don’t worry about what others think of you!” It’s definitely easier said than done. It’s taken years for me to not care. I can honestly say that once I let go and stopped caring that my relationship flourished, I found truer friendships than I knew were possible, my confidence grew, and although I may not always have plans, I feel like I’ve always got something to look forward to.
5. Go for it and never quit!
Whatever it is just go for it! That job interview? GO! Starting your own blog? DO IT! Dye your hair purple? YES GIRL! You will truly “never know until you try.” I’ve seen a lot of growth in my blog and social channels this year. Although, I’m nowhere near where I want to be (aka taking over the world LOL) I’m so glad I still do this. It’s been 3.5 years since I pressed “publish” on my website. So many times I’ve been discouraged and caught in a whirlwind of comparison. Had I quit I would have the friendships I now have in the blogging community and wouldn’t be being true to myself. I don’t do this BECAUSE I want to make money, get likes, or get products sent to me. Although, those are amazing things and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I do this because I love it even if no one reads it or double taps. People have compared me to other bloggers in person and to my face but I refused to compare myself to anyone else. No one is the same and there are billion talented guys and girls on the internet. I’m just one girl doing what I love doing. That was a long example and got a little preachy for a minute, but you just gotta GO FOR IT! (And never quit!)