Reflecting on the year and the biggest lessons I’ve learned.
As the year is coming to an end, I think it’s important to look back at where I started at the beginning of the year and where I am now. It’s a habit that has helped me grow in areas of personal development and reaching my goals. At the beginning of 2017, I wrote down only one goal in the last page of my notebook: I want to become a full-time blogger.
I wrote it down and put it away on my shelf, knowing that my goal would not be an easy one.
Honestly, I had no idea how to approach this or how long it would take me to achieve this goal. When I talked to other bloggers, they were either living with their parents, had a wealthy boyfriend, and had some type of safety net that they could rely on. It was tough for me to relate because I only have myself. My family lives in Kansas City and I have Kyle and his family but I don’t want financial support from them. This goal was something I had to figure out on my own.
In February, I made a wonderful friend, Jeanne of The Grey Layers, and she gave me insights on the business and how to get started. While many things still didn’t make sense at the time, she gave me hope that it was possible and that was all I needed. It set me in motion on a year of learning and experiencing.
From zero to few partnerships at the beginning of the year, to working with some of my favorite brands ever like Converse, Under Armour, Call It Spring, ASOS, hosting an event for UGG with Teen Vogue, and even traveling to Shanghai by the end of the year. I can’t believe what I’ve accomplished this year and I want to share the biggest lessons I’ve learned through it all.
Start planning your future.
For most of my life, I used to live by “going with the flow” but the problem with this is that you can’t float your way to success. It doesn’t work like that. When you go with the flow, it means that external factors, situations, and people are the ones in charge of your life. There’s a really good quote by Jim Rohn and he says,
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
I’ve found this to be incredibly true.
Time is extremely valuable.
I work a 9-5 job. This takes a bulk of my time, energy, and I’m exhausted after work. There are many days where I want to come home, lay down, and watch Netflix. However, I knew if I did that, I would fall behind on my goal. Instead of watching Netflix, I spent my 5pm-10pm on reading, writing, shooting, going to events, and doing things that could move me forward. There wasn’t a weekend where I wouldn’t go out to shoot content because if I did, I knew it would set me back a whole week. If you read my previous post on time management, I go a little more in-depth on why time is so valuable.
Nothing happens unless you make it happen.
Have you ever been on a team project where no one does anything or even care about it except you? This scenario is similar to your life so you have to care and treat it like that team project. Make things happen for yourself. If you wait around on good things to happen, the consequences could be detrimental. You could wait a lifetime and nothing will happen.
You got to wake up and work your ass off to make things happen or settle for what life gives you.
The most important lesson: Be the best you can be and do the best you can do in every single situation.
Most people do just enough to get by everyday and that’s fine. But, if you want to live an extraordinary life, you’ve got to become an extraordinary person. Be the person that keeps their word and show up to your friend’s event, support them, and go out of your way to do things for people. Do everything and more at your job. All the good you do will pay off in the long run, even if it doesn’t seem like it will.
These four lessons have really shaped my year and move me forward in such a way that I could’ve never imagine. And I can’t believe what I’m going to say next…
Today, I quit my 9-5 job to work full-time as a blogger. I’ve reached my 2017 goal.
And I hope my story can inspire you to go after yours in 2018.
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