Motivation | Self-Reflection for the New Year


Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

C.S. Lewis


Balboa Park

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


Usually with a New Year, comes a time of reflection.  You all hear that saying, “New Year, New Me!”, meaning that this year will be different, this year, you’ll make that change.  But is that really true, or have you already changed?

Change can mean a number of things.  Change is defined as to “make or become different”.  A change can take on many forms.  It can be tangible, intangible, physical, or emotional.

Personally, I don’t believe in the “New Year, New Me” mantra because we are constantly evolving.  You may be making goals for yourself for this new year, and that is great!  But it’s not because this year will be different, it’s because of how your life has already changed.  You are already starting off this year as a new you!

Take the time for self-reflection right now.  Perform an introspection of who you are, where you’ve been, and how you got there.  Find the things that you are grateful for.

Maybe this past year has been tough.  Maybe you experienced some very difficult days, or even months, but remember that those things have passed, or will eventually pass with time.  Every day will not be difficult.  Decide how you want to move forward from here.  It’s already the new you.


XOXO

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3-Day Quote Challenge | Day 3


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman


 

Morning Coffee Phuket Thailand

Kamala Beach, Thailand


Do what makes you happy.


I was nominated by the lovely Rae from Pastel Carousel for the three day quote challenge. Pastel Carousel is a lovely lifestyle blog about family, fashion, and fun. 💕

XOXO

3-Day Quote Challenge | Day 2


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island, Thailand


Hope you are having a beautiful Tuesday.  Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.


I was nominated by the lovely Rae from Pastel Carousel for the three day quote challenge. Pastel Carousel is a lovely lifestyle blog about family, fashion, and fun. 💕

XOXO

 

 

3-Day Quote Challenge | Day 1

 

 


Not all those who wander are lost.


 

Snorkeling in the Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean

 


This photo was taken while snorkeling with friends in the Bermuda Triangle.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be able to check this off my bucket list.  We ended up on a snorkeling excursion here purely by accident.  Because we were open to take a chance, and try something new.

Sometimes people ask me why I don’t spend more time at home.  Why, essentially, I travel so much.  My response – Wanderlust.

I travel to explore.  I travel to learn about life outside of my comfort zone.  To experience a life beyond myself.

I wander, not because I am lost, but because I want to experience the world.


I was nominated by the lovely Rae from Pastel Carousel for the three day quote challenge. Pastel Carousel is a lovely lifestyle blog about family, fashion, and fun. 💕

XOXO

Motiviation | The Power of Kindness

These past couple of weeks for me have been, for a lack of a better word, challenging.  Everything from work to my personal life was eating away at me physically and emotionally. I was dealing with problems and situations at work that were trivial in hindsight but created for a toxic environment.  In my personal life, things were falling apart in areas where I had no control.  Nothing directly affected me, but as a friend, I was the emotional support.  Situations like these individually leave the average person drained. But when it’s one thing after another on top of another, affecting both your personal and professional life, it almost becomes a test of your will.

I remember going home after a more particularly challenging day. Arriving at my house after over an hour commute, just sitting in my car thinking about the day and feeling like my will had literally been broken.  I no longer felt that desire to do what was right, to deal with my coworkers or to support my friends.  I was broken.  Emotionally and physically. The days went on after this and it was the same routine, nothing became extremely worse but nothing really got better.  Then it was Friday.

On this particular Friday I had to move boxes of files from one location to another.  As I got caught up in meetings, most of my coworkers rushed out to head home at the end of the day, leaving me without a hand to help move the boxes. Since the parking lot was a bit of a ways, I loaded up everything I could into a small dolly and carried the rest while pushing along the cart.  In the elevator on the way down, a random stranger looked at me and said, “You look like you could need some help. I will open the doors for you.”  This stranger then went out of her way to walk to the other end of the building to hold the door so I could make my way out.  After walking across the street and struggling to make it to my car, I heard someone shouting behind me, “Miss, miss, let me help you with that!”  I turned around and saw that it was the parking attendant I passed by every morning.  We had never had any other interaction prior to this other than a wave hello in the mornings.  However, he went out of his way, running from one side of the parking structure to the other as he saw me struggling to make it to my car.  Without hesitation he took the boxes out of my hands and helped me load my things. “Have a good weekend,” he said. “Thank you,” I said, “you too.”

I then sat in my car, let out a breathe of relief and a tear rolled down my cheek.  These two strangers had no idea how their small acts of kindness affected me.  Trying to make it back to my car juggling all those boxes, thinking about how challenging the week had been, I felt so defeated.  My soul literally felt heavy.

Then, these two individuals stepped into my life, just for a brief moment, but they helped to unload not just the physical weight of the boxes, but an emotional weight as well.  When it should have been my coworkers’ duty to offer me help to move these boxes, these strangers helped out of the kindness of their hearts.  At that moment, my soul felt a little lighter.  It gave me the strength to move forward with the rest of my day without wanting to fall apart.

Never overlook the power of kindness. You have the power to make a difference in someone’s day.  Even a smile or a wave hello to a stranger can be all that they need to lift their spirits, if only for a moment.


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


XOXO