17 things I learned in 2017

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the start to 2018 and I’ve had a lot of time to think about what 2017 taught me. What lessons I learned that I want to apply to this new year. Coming into this year I am determined  to keep that growth going. I truly believe 2018 is going to be an amazing year for me and I hope for you all as well.

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  1. It’s okay to be scared. Life will through you curve balls and it’s okay to be afraid of what can happen. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and that one day you will look back and be thankful for how those things that you are scared of ended up shaping you.
  2. Love yourself. I spent most of my year focusing on others and putting myself on the back burner. I completely crumbled at the end of the year because I did not know how to love myself. The relationships I had built started to fall apart because something was missing, and that was knowing what I wanted and being okay with myself.
  3.  It’s okay to not be okay. The last 7 months of 2017. I was hanging on by a thread and I was faking being okay and having my sh*t in order only to fall apart behind closed door. I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and that everything will be okay if you decide to take care of yourself.
  4. Nothing is permanent. 2017 taught me that you have the power to change your situation. I also know you have to want to change your situation, but don’t let yourself thing you are stuck in a situation forever. You can control where you stand in your life.
  5. Wear Makeup if you want to. For the majority of the year I focused every morning on creating a beauty routine that would make me feel beautiful no matter what I was doing. I am so proud I took the time to do this because it has helped with my own self-esteem overall. I do have days where I don’t wear makeup, but I have realized that my morning routine is essential part of my day IMG_2287
  6. Travel more. This year I decide to travel and I cannot recommend this enough. I decide to treat myself to a big trip overseas and three smaller trips within the U.S and I am so glad I was able to do so. I learned so much and got to enjoy myself.
  7. Hustle. In 2017 I learned that when you want something you have to work really hard on achieving your dreams. So I hustle twice as hard as those around me. I currently have two jobs and I am planning on accomplishing big things this year.
  8. Spend more time with your loved ones. For the past two years I have made sure that I spend time with my parents and loved ones as often as I can. You never know when they won’t be here any more and you won’t be able to see them.
  9. Take more pictures. Capture more memories you won’t regret this.
  10. Take time to see the beauty around you. This past year I stopped to look at all the beauty that surrounded me; the sunsets, the moon, the stars, the faces of all of the people that surround me. I truly stopped and soaked it all in.IMG_0841
  11. I got creative. This past year I focused on more of my creative side. I baked, I drew, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started taking more pictures.
  12. I can do anything I set my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate with my MSW. This was something I did not think I was able to accomplish. It was hard and one of the most difficulty things I have ever done. At the end of it all I did it and no one can take that away from me.
  13. I learned to be okay with my sarcastic self. I realized that those who love me love that I can be sarcastic and I don’t need to hide that side of me.
  14. Do things that make you happy. Life is too short to not do what makes you happy. This past year I explored places I wanted to visit, I listened to more music, I created things I wanted to create and I listened to my heart.
  15. I let go of relationships that weren’t helping me grow. I stuck to my guns and removed those that did not add anything valuable to my life. I stopped begging for people’s time and attention. IMG_1086
  16. Red Lipstick. I started wearing more red lipstick because I can!
  17. Take a moment. Last but not least I learned to take a moment each day to reflect on just how wonderful I am. Even on the worst days I still managed to get out of bed and  that’s an accomplishment on it’s own.IMG_9291I hope that 2018 is filled with many more exciting adventures and that I continue to figure out who I am and what brings joy and happiness to my world.

    What are some things you learned in 2017?

    Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday

    -M

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Embracing who you are!

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These types of post are my normal go to style. I rather talk about beauty, fashion and excercise. This past month I have been struggling on figuring out who I am and who I want to be. I came back from vacation and decided that the relationship I was in wasn’t quite what I need to grow and be myself. After a few weeks of figuring out how to be someone’s ex that I was bound to run into, I came to the realization that I am not good at being anything other than myself. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant and I am still trying to figure what that means for my future.

Being in a relationship is a whole different ball game than what any single person is use to. I went into this relationship with an open mind and an open heart to what could come from this experience. I quickly realized that the more I tried to change what I was use to the more energy I had less off. I tried to compromise with my schedule, but at the end I gave up doing things I LOVED to do and lost a part of me in the process. Why am I tell you this?! Well I like many others have felt this way and I figured that there may be others going through this or will eventually realize this is happening to them.

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I want to tell those people, that, it’s okay to feel lost and to want that old relationship back, but is that what you truly need/want? That is the exact same question I asked myself. I realized that to be truly happy I have to want to look forward to the majority of things in my life and I had stopped doing so.

So how am I finding this new me? I started to do all of the old things I loved. I went back to the gym and back to my beloved Zumba classes. I have started baking again and I am even taking a cake decorating class. I am working on becoming a better version of myself. The one I have always wanted to be, but always found an excuse not to pursue. Like they say when you are least expecting someone to come into your life they show up, so who knows maybe the next guy that comes into my life will be a bit better at accepting the things I love and we might partake into a few of these activities together.

It’s never to late to get out of a bad relationship!
Remember you are strong enough to over come anythings and this will only make you stronger.

-M

love.

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Love.
Can be so hard to obtain…
Once you have it don’t let go.

Watch it bloom and grow.
One does not know when it will leave…

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Just a few words that I thought about last night as I read my e-mail.
I am embarking yet again on a new adventure with my heart, one that I don’t know where it will lead. It may be over in a few days, week, or it may be the start of something real.

I just need the courage to begin and see where it goes.

The rest is still unwritten…

Have a lovely weekend.
See you on Monday with a What I’m loving Week #9
-M