‘my mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humor, and
happy new year, everyone!
i touched on a few goals i have
for 2018 here, but wanted to circle back
to this topic after listening to a handful of podcasts
(detailing self-love, dating, writing, and more),
and reading a few inspiring blog posts,
written by local women i truly admire (you
should check out this post by jenn from ‘hello
rigby’ and this post by asa from
‘lace and pearls’).
in addition to focusing on my career aspirations
(if all goes according to plan, i will finish
my certificate program at the university of washington
in june), and dedicating more time to my
blog (new website launching soon), i want to
focus on myself (what exactly that entails,
i am not yet sure).
sadly, the value in self care and self love
is often overlooked. we feel guilty when saying
‘no’ to friends and may regret missing an
event or party (FOMO is a real thing, let me tell you).
but taking that time to instead read, watch
a show, meditate, stretch, or do whatever it is
that brings you peace is incredibly important.
our time is a precious commodity, and it should
not be wasted.
last year, i dedicated a great deal of
time to varying social engagements, attended
events, and commuted all over the
city for said engagements. while fun (at times),
this time could have been spent in other
productive ways, too (let’s not mention
the food, gas, and clothing money that was
also wasted last year–that is an
entirely different topic).
of course, i still value social engagements; they
can be both productive and entertaining. however,
i want to prioritize my time and energy on the friendships that
are most important to me. i suppose my point is that
i want to be more conscientious in regards to
how i spend my time and energy. you live, and you
learn. i am eager to learn more about this!
^^^ i love the elbow-patch detail on this blazer ^^^
photos by jenn from hello rigby
blouse: loft, jeans: american eagle,
blazer: banana republic (thrifted via seattle goodwill),
purse: tj maxx, flats: vaneli (thrifted via seattle goodwill)
2017 taught me several important life
lessons: a career in a field i never thought
possible (finance of all things) is possible
(and enjoyable, too); i can further my education
if i set my mind to it; friendships i once thought
were incredibly important may lessen over
time, but new friendships can also prosper;
relationships (whether friend or romantic) take
a great deal of effort, and this effort cannot
be devalued; family is as important as ever during
busy and seemingly tumultuous phases of life;
and lastly, your health and wellness should
never be taken for granted (take care of
your body–this is something i am
learning to be better about, as i had to
greatly change my diet this past year).
what lessons were seemingly prominent
for you during 2017? what are some of your
goals or intentions for the new year?
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