Each and every year offers 365 days of opportunities to grow. 2016 has certainly kept me on my toes. Nonetheless, this year has been a whirl wind of moments (both good and bad). Here is what 2016 has taught me:
Pursue what you love.
One of the hardest challenges I have been facing in the past few years is pursuing my favorite hobbies and passions. Upon entering college, I chose to give up the possibility of a career in music. In doing so, I was miserable while pursing a career in business. I felt like a major part of my life was taken away and that there was nothing I could do to feel whole again. I was terribly wrong. If you love something, the only thing that will stop you from achieving your dreams is you. While I am not pursuing a career in business, I chose to start this fashion blog after I finished college. It’s not easy to run a blog, but now I have something that allows me to create content. I look forward to writing up my blog posts and setting up photoshoots. My blog is not about vanity. It is about a small town girl that loves fashion (who is petite) and wants to show other girls who may have not come from a well-off middle class family that you can pursue your dreams. My journey to success is far from over. But then again, great time take time.
Cherish your family and friends.
It is so easy to take your family and friends for granted. I should know, because I do this far too often. I am the first to admit that I am terrible at texting people back (or keeping in contact in general). Because of my rigorous work schedule and the time I put into my blog, it has been difficult to stay in touch with my family and friends. But not impossible. Anytime I catch myself spending too much time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, I make an effort to reach out to my friends or family. We all have time to reach out to our loved ones. Let’s take the time in 2017 to be a good friend/sister/cousin/girlfriend to the people that mean most to us.
It’s ok to mourn the loss of a loved one.
Everyone mourns the loss of a loved one differently. During times of grief, it is important to put judgement aside and be a shoulder to cry on for anyone who is in grief. This year, I lost a father figure who meant the world to me. It seemed like he left at the absolute worst time because I felt like I needed him more than even this year. There were so many moment this year that I felt defeated. I miss him so much and honestly, I spent a lot of time crying. I now have accepted that he is gone and make an every effort to make him proud into 2017. We all are going to have days where we don’t feel like we are enough for our friends, family, bosses, etc. The fact of the matter is that we all need to give ourselves credit-we are all doing great! So what if your plan for your life did not turn out exactly how you wanted? Improvise and adjust your plan as needed. Life is not always going to go the way you want it to. It’s up to you to make the most of all situations-good or bad.
Stay humble and kind.
I am not going to discuss politics. I did, however, see a lot of nastiness and cruelty all over my social media that frankly broke my heart. Look, we are not going to see eye-to-eye with everyone we encounter. Still, just because we have the freedom of speech in America that does not mean you have to go out of your way to be nasty. We have one too many people in this world who are selfish, greedy, and rude. Why be like everyone else when you can stand out (on the inside and out). Plus let’s face it, we gain nothing from spending time angry and upset all the time.
I hope you all have a fantastic New Year! To all my followers, friends, and family who have supported my blog this year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This blogging thing sure is a lot of work, but I am enjoying every minute of it!