Truly Living in 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The new year has arrived and while I have some goals I want to accomplish, I haven't really established any big new years resolutions. I have, however, decided I want to be single. Quite the change from the year of crappy dates 2017 turned out to be.

Now, don't think this is the ever popular, I'm-not-dating-because-I-need-to-learn-how-to-be-happy-on-my-own trend. If there's one thing I have learned in the last year, it is how to be HAPPY and CONFIDENT on my own. I own who I am at this point in life and if you don't like it, see ya! Sounds harsh, but Taylor Swift and I are done with your crap, Kanye. Anyways, since I have become the resilient twenty-something adult I am today, I haven't taken time alone. There are a million and one things I want to do and everyone keeps telling me that NOW is the time to do them. I'm finally listening. When I look back on my twenties, I want to have stories to tell and pictures to show. I have the rest of my life to be devoted to the man of my dreams (and trust me, I can't wait!), but right now is my time and I am going to LIVE.

Join me if you will. Do that thing, take that trip, say those words.
Be authentically you and live your best life.

Falling Behind

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The words falling behind sum up every aspect of my life.
Behind in my work, blogging, faith, friendships, scrapbooking, Christmas shopping, sleep, laundry, everything.

I have been mad at myself. I have complained to others. I have thought about how nice it would feel to not be behind anymore. Oddly, none of that fixed the problem (sarcasm, y'all).

Recently, the light bulb came on. The only reason I'm behind is me. The only person that can fix it is me. It's time to make a plan and execute it. You better believe my to do lists are in full force this week.

Now, before you grab that notepad, there's one more thing you need to get back on your feet and it's not as easy as grabbing a pen and paper. Motivation. If you don't have motivation to get going... well, like me, you're stuck. Where does it come from? I had to sit down and really think about what I wanted in life. I fully believe that you get out of something what you put into it. While it may come out differently than anticipated, at some point, you will get what you give (even if it's way down the road). I had to contemplate my core values, what I want to leave behind, and what will make me feel successful. This was enough to make me realize that what I'm doing isn't cutting it. It gave me just enough motivation to get back on my feet and remember I have the power to make a difference in the world.

Join me. Set your goals. Find your motivation. Do something amazing.
You have the power to change the world.

The Old Tim Can't Come to the Phone Right Now

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I have always tried to present my genuine and authentic self to you.

In the past month, I have done so by posting a series of photos captioned with Taylor Swift lyrics.
While it might have seen totally "basic white girl" to you, each lyric was a grouping of words that adequately gave life to my presently occurring events and emotions. 

There was happiness and tears. There were kisses and cold-shoulders. There was anxiety I had worked so hard to overcome only to be triggered by one's act of cowardice. There were second chances and let downs. 

"It was so nice being friends again
There I was giving you a second chance
But you stabbed my back while shaking my hand
And therein lies the issue
Friends don't try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you"

Focusing on what is tough is simple. Moving on, overcoming, and being better than you ever were... well, that takes strength. Strength is something I am working hard to have more of.

"But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time"

Goodbye to heartache. Goodbye to mind games. Goodbye to one-sided connections. 
I have my life together. 
I am unapologetically moving on to something bigger and better for no one but myself. 

"If a man talks ...., then I owe him nothing
I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it coming"

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