To be honest, 2016 kinda knocked me off my feet – but in a good way, I think. The rough break up in the beginning started everything out on a *great* note and then learning how to mentally balance life and work, while figuring out how and when to separate the two, has been interesting. Understanding that there are always going to be days when you don’t feel good enough for your boss – even if that’s yourself – is inevitable. Then came the life changing move to a new city that has continued to challenge me as an independent, single, 25-year-old freelancer trying to make it in this world.
I took a mental vacation this week (thx Mexico) from the constant pressure of feeling like I’m never caught up and never doing enough. When I lived with Nani she used to tell me all the time that sometimes you need to sit and stare out the window and just think. I’d laugh at her and tell her that’s just an old person comment who can’t operate an iPhone.. but once again, Nani is right. Taking time to think and reflect is just good for ya.
Because the truth is – pain and hard times are temporary. And you cannot fully experience the joy and happiness this life has to offer unless you experience those rough patches. The harder the disappointment the more beautiful the victory, right? 2016 has taught me a lot, so I can’t complain about it too much….I’ve learned that you will make it through that month you couldn’t get yourself out of bed in the morning and that’s it’s not a bad life – just a bad month. You’ll realize how much you love something when it’s taken away from you. You will understand the importance of true friendship when you’re mind isn’t pre-occupied with romantic relationships. You will realize how small your problems are in comparison to the the larger problems that exist in the world, you’ll mend petty problems with friends and family because grudges are exhausting. You will learn to love yourself again and get rid of insecurities that developed along the way from people who don’t deserve another second of your time. And, eventually the idea of falling in love again will slowly and quietly make its way back into your heart. And probably make you a lot smarter, more rational, and better prepared to love and understand the right way this time around. Things will happen when they’re supposed to happen for you. Patience and enjoying the ride is the key of all keys you guys.
One of my favorite quotes is that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. And ironically, some of the most perfect things in my life have all happened because of the bumps and turns along the way. And you know what.. the people who are really winning at life are the ones who know how to truly appreciate the moment they’re living in, love the ones they’re with, and not give society’s definition of success the time of day. Be thankful for the lessons you learned this year – even if they hurt. You’re so much stronger because of them!
Happy New Year! I feel so lucky to have the support of all of you who take the time to read my blog and follow along on my social media. I hope I can continue to reach those of you navigating similar paths and journeys and that the inspiration might be just what you need some days. Love love love ya. xo, liv