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Clear vision for 2020: My New Year’s resolutions & goals

2020 is almost upon us, and this time we’re not only entering a new year, but a new decade. A new era. A new age. And so, I’m going big and honest with my resolutions. There’s no time or life to waste, so I’ve taken a good look at various aspects of myself – work, life, habits, etc., and have categorized resolutions for all of them. Some are pretty straightforward, and some merit a bit more explanation. I have these detailed a lot more for my own personal reasons, but here I’ll try to keep it concise. 😉

So, without any more intro, here are my goals and resolutions for 2020. Continue reading “Clear vision for 2020: My New Year’s resolutions & goals”

Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Orlando, Writing

Thankful for it: When getting a “no” is the best thing you could ever hear

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I really love this holiday. And yes, while it’s definitely about gathering with loved ones and eating amazing food (I love Stove Top stuffing, sorry not sorry), it’s truly about gratitude and reflecting on what we’re thankful for.

Gratitude is something I’ve been working on this year. Whenever I’ve felt negative, discouraged, or even jealous, I’ve tried to make a list (mental or tangible) of the things I’m grateful for. And it really works.

So, as I got to thinking about what I’m most thankful for this year, I recalled one instant back in March that really stood out to me.

Somebody told me “no.”

Wait, what? “No” is typically a bad thing, right? That’s what I’ve always thought. I mean, think about it: we’ve hated hearing the word “no” since childhood. Nobody wants to ask for something, or work for something, just to have somebody turn around and deny us. We want to get what we want, and when someone denies us that, it can feel like the end of the world.

Or it can be the beginning of something great.

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Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle

25 things I’ve learned in 25 years

It’s here. I’m 25 years old. This number has always been good to me, and I’m not sure why. The day my now-husband and I started dating was Jan. 25. We got engaged on Christmas, which is Dec. 25. I bought my first car on Nov. 25. My license plate has 25 in it, randomly. I got my first manuscript request on July 25, which is also my cat’s birthday.

So for those reasons, I’m excited for my 25th year. Keeping up with a tradition I started last year, I’m writing today 25 things I’ve learned in 25 years (Most having happened in the past year. Gotta keep it fresh).

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Inspiration, Lifestyle, Writing

These things (and people) will change

People don’t change.

That’s what I used to think and believe. But as you can probably surmise from the headline of this blog post, I clearly don’t believe that anymore.

I’ll back up a bit. I think when I’d say “people don’t change,” I was being too absolute. When I said “people don’t change,” I think I meant that their actions don’t change. Their vices don’t change. I thought if you had a friend who’s a constant gossip, they’ll probably always be that way and continue to talk about other people negatively (and likely, you, too) and try to get into your business. I thought if you had a boyfriend cheat, they’d probably do it again and it’s best to hit the road so you can avoid another massive unpleasantry. I thought if you knew someone who would always criticize you, well, they’d probably keep at it.

While some of those examples I still kind of believe are true, I realized something in the past few weeks. Certain aspects of people, like their personality, likely won’t change (in my opinion). But, the way people react to, view and approach situations in their lives will, because of the inevitability of life experience.

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Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Orlando

Being authentic and true

authenticity, orlando, heart mural, positivity, life, inspiration, Maybe it’s because I’m a Scorpio, but it’s impossible for me to hide my emotions.

Whether I’m stressed, or excited, or upset, I do a pretty bad job of hiding it. If I’m feeling a negative emotion, I get anxious, I stop talking and I can’t make good eye contact. You can read my poker face, because I don’t have one. It’s just not in me.

I’ve often been hard on myself for this, and it’s also caused me guilt. I’m hypersensitive, so if I even detect a slight shift in mood in somebody else, I immediately think it’s my fault or they’re upset with me. Nine times out of ten, they’re probably just having a bad day. So, that’s where the guilt comes in for me, because I know I’m sure I’ve done that to other people with my inability to mask my feelings. Continue reading “Being authentic and true”