Sunday Pep Talk | Trust Yourself

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Hello, friends! I have a secret to tell you. I don’t actually have any new years resolutions yet. I know. LAME. But there are things I want to do more of, and less of. I just haven’t gotten around to setting them as goals that I will actively work towards achieving. I mean, I made blog goals, and intentions, but those aren’t quite as real as resolutions, which I take to be things you actively do in your life to change things. Just to recap, in 2018 I:

Made my bed every morning
Got my mental health under control
Started therapy
Began a new job

This year, the things I’d like to do are:

Take care of more plants
Monetize my blog
Take my photography business to the next level
Move into my own apartment
Buy a new car
Publish that book I’m sitting on

These are big things. HUGE things. Cars are expensive. Apartments are also expensive. But if I can get my other goals completed, that shouldn’t really be an issue. 2019 will be a year about learning I can do the things, and then just doing the damn things. I always make excuses for why I can’t be a professional blogger and photographer. Interestingly enough, grad school did not make it onto that list. It’s something I’ve been considering ever since I graduated from undergrad, but for some reason I just can’t commit to that. Maybe it’s because I feel like the surreptitious college scam is finally coming to light, the idea that you need college to make money, when really all they do is enslave you to student loans. Graduate school is a ton of money! Sure, I could do it, but would I be any better off than I am now? I may have a better job, but I’d be paying more on my student loans. It’s a giant catch 22.

So instead, I’ve decided that 2019 will be focused on what I can do for myself with my own God-given talents. Not everyone can write, or take pictures, or both. I know I can do these things, but 2019 will be about accepting that I can do them for money. It’s easy! And graduate school will always be there, right? I just have to trust that I am on the right path and that I will lead myself exactly where I need to go.

And you should too! Trust that you know what’s best for yourself. If that means totally changing careers or ending a relationship with someone who loves you but who you’ve fallen out of love with, do the damn thing. This is your life. You have the power to make it anything you want it to be. Remember that your feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s. So listen to yourself. Trust yourself!

Sunday Pep Talk | New Year, New You


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Hello, friends. I hope you’ve all had a lovely holiday. 

They always say the New Years is a time of reinventing yourself, and I full heartedly agree with that! It has become the butt of every basic girl joke. Hashtag new year, new me! As they post an Instagram photo that has clearly been filtered and which will be followed by a bunch of snapchats of them puking in the toilet because they’ve embraced the new year a little too hard and couldn’t keep it all down. We’ve all been there, right?

No no, just kidding. All of the “New Years, New Me’s” are perfectly fine young ladies. And more power to them! Everyone deserves a chance to start over, and what better time to do that than at the beginning of a new year? Everyone has the power to change who they are; to be better, do better, reach out to those they hurt and start working on better relationships and friendships.

For me, in 2018 I swore I would get my mental health under control, and I followed through with that goal. I didn’t set too many for 2018. Just one. Get it together. Now, as 2019 rolls around, I am once again presented with an opportunity to make it a great year. What goals do I have in mind for 2019? Now that I have my mind straight, I would like to get my finances straight too. The wheels for this goal started rolling in 2018, but 2019 I will really try and focus on achieving the career goals I want. That means applying to graduate school. That means stepping into a leadership position and learning to manage groups of people. The old me would have told myself that these things were unachievable. The new me knows that if I work hard and stay focused on what’s important, I will be able to accomplish all of these goals.

What goals have you set for 2019? Whatever they are, I hope that you follow through with them and manifest the life that you want. You do have the power within you!

 

Sunday Pep Talk | Everyone Starts Somewhere

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To all the business start ups out there who may be feeling like their stuff can’t compete with the professionals, just remember that everyone started somewhere! I know it sounds so cliché, but if you believe in yourself and your dream, you can be just as good someday. Just make sure that you are taking steps to reach that Everest of yours, even if they are baby steps. Each day we learn something new about blogging, about entrepreneurship, about leadership, about working on our crafts. Think how far you’ve come already, and never forget why you started. You can do it! Keep going!

Sunday Pep Talk | NaNoWriMo 2018

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Hello lovelies!

Happy Sunday. I hope everything is going well for you all. We find ourselves at the starting weekend of NaNoWriMo, and for those of us participating, it can be difficult to stay motivated and inspired, as well as fit the time to write into our busy lives. But that is the point of the challenge! To create a writing habit if you didn’t already have one, and to devote a specified chunk of time to working on the thing you really want to create.

Don’t get discouraged! Even if you fall behind or the story doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, you should still be proud of yourself for undertaking this challenge. Perhaps you will learn a thing or two about yourself in the process too.

Stick with it! Don’t give up! You are doing great!


Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Sunday Pep Talk | Life is Beautiful

Take a moment today to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. Open your windows. Go for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air and hear the birds singing in the trees. When you find your heart troubled, take a step away from that which stresses you and find solace in the beauty around you. Take a break from your productivity and set aside a few moments to just be. Breathe deep. Be grateful. Begin again tomorrow.

Sunday Pep talk | Slow and Steady

It’s so easy to be too hard on yourself. Just think of where you were a year ago. Think of how far you’ve come. So you aren’t where you want to be. That’s ok. You are better than you were yesterday, and even if you are taking baby steps, you are slowly becoming the person you want to be. I know progress is slow sometimes, so slow that it looks like nothing is changing, but with each decision you make, you are actively working to change your life.

Please don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t reach all of your goals yet.

Did you reach one of them? Even a small one?

Then that’s enough to congratulate yourself on. Celebrate the small victories. Give thanks for every opportunity in life, whether it is a step in the right direction or a lesson that had to be learned. Positive and negative things all happen for a reason. So don’t view something negative as a failure. It was something that you needed to learn from.

The wisest people in the world are the ones who have made the most mistakes.

And they grew because of it. Keep going. Keep reaching for your goals and your dreams. It may not look like it today, or tomorrow, but one day you will look back and realize that you have been making progress. Just focus on making positive decisions in life. You will get there. Good things take time.

Don’t give up!

Sunday Pep Talk | You Are A Goddess

Hey, girl. Never forget you are a goddess. Out of all the possible souls to inhabit a body at this given point in time, you exist. YOU! There is no one in the whole wide world like you.

Did someone knock you off your cloud? Forget them. You don’t need that sort of negativity in your life. Why? Because You. Are. A. Goddess. Say it with me. “I am a goddess”. Don’t ever forget that. You deserve to be treated with respect. You deserve love. You deserve nice things.

If you are having a bad day, take some time to self-worship. Make self-care a ritual. Light a candle, put on your favorite music, reconnect with who you are. Do the things that make you feel good. Drink some water, take a nice hot shower, moisturize your skin, do some stretches or yoga, eat some comfort food. Remember that you are connected to everything and everyone. You are part of the universe. You exist. You have the power to create the reality that you want to live. You are a goddess. Never forget that.