Every day, Son! - gif via
Every day, Son! – gif via

Happy One Year Anniversary, fellow readers! Today marks one year of sharing my inner thoughts and quirks with friends around the world. And while we’re at it, last week’s post was the FIFTIETH POST I’ve written! Thank you so much for reading throughout the Year of the Horse.

How has your year been? Was 2014, the Year of the Horse, a year of action for you?

Looking back at my first post, I find that I’ve achieved a lot since then, but my priorities are still the same. Finding balance. Growing in a rewarding career. Being less self-centered, and instead giving to others. Documenting and reflecting the major events and little details in my life. Working on these areas is going to be a life-long quest, but hey, you’ve gotta fight for the life you deserve!

Heck, I’ll throw in a couple more fight-worthy values I’ve discovered through this blog. Gratitude for all of the people who shaped me, molded me, and made me, well, me. Self-reliance and self-love. The power of The Hustle. Opening up myself to new and exciting possibilities.

This last year, true to its Quarter Life standing has been a roller coaster. I worked insano hours, prioritized, re-prioritized, fell on my ass, picked myself up, got tossed about by tornadoes and hurricanes, and walked through a door I had previously thought was closed, only to find myself flying to the opposite coast and landing my dream job.

And I can truly say that the Year of the Horse has been a year of action. I laid down the groundwork, but I also took matters into my own hands. I got down to business in the realm of balance, and finally set a sleep and workout schedule that kept me energized. I decided to do things I suck at like dancing (hence the Zumba), coordination (I definitely fell flat on my face in a bootcamp-like fitness class, and turned so red that when the instructor yelled out, “Go, Red!” I wasn’t sure if he was referring to my hair or face color.) Oh yeah, and my abs are still aching from the bootcamp class I hobbled through last week. I decided to make time for cooking (recipes and ideas to come this year!) – which means that I’m sure I’ll burn some things, and maybe even add too little salt.

What I looked like in bootcamp class- gif via
What I looked like in bootcamp class- gif via

Ok, so I know that sometimes my blog posts read like I’m being braggy, or patting myself on the shoulder. But to be honest, I come from a place of humility. I have fallen on my face a lot. I’ve really hit rock bottom. Some days, I’ve looked in the mirror not being able to point out a single thing I liked. Even last week, I mentioned to my friends that I feel like I look like a boy with my new haircut.

But to inspire myself into action, I’ve noticed that it’s really helped to not only look for the positive and the little victories, but it also helps to write them down because sharing is a great way to connect with others who have had similar experiences.

I’ve heard even the most positive-seeming people say that the reason they say or sing positive things is to lift themselves up out of a bad place. For instance, at a recent Jason Mraz concert that I went to, he said something to the tune of that he writes positive, uplifting songs to cheer himself up when he’s feeling blue. And that’s just like the rest of us!  We are in charge of our own lives.  If you feel blue, only you can look up at the starry night in amazement and with gratitude.  Only you can make lemonade out of those sour lemons.

What I looked like after my boot camp class - gif via
What I looked like after my bootcamp class – gif via

If I’d realized sooner that I’m not alone in my quarter life crisis, my identity struggles and quest for self-love, I know that growing up would have been less scary, lonely and painful. So I wanted to put myself out there to share the love, (try) to encourage and connect!

Now you, try!

What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals do you have for this coming year? BE PROUD OF YOURSELF, YOU ROCK!!!

Please comment, share your thoughts and let me know what you think. Please help me keep this a positive forum, though. I am so excited for some debate, but let’s respect each other please. I reserve the right to monitor and delete inappropriate posts. Thanks in advance!

 

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