2016 was an epic year for me.
I didn't make a shit ton of money, I didn't find the love of my life, and I wasn't able to quit my hourly job and become a full time blogger (just yet).
It was epic in a way that is SO much bigger than all of these things-dare I say-COMBINED.
I've learned such huge life lessons in 2016 that have created an awesome platform for me to continue to build myself and my brand on top of.
I started 2016 suuuuuuuuuper unhappy. I didn't know what I wanted to do, I was waitressing at a biker bar in Nashville, TN, I had absolutely no money, and I had no idea what direction life was taking me.
I seriously felt jaded by life, like I was missing something that everyone else had, like I wasn't given the same opportunities, like I wasn't able to ever be happy.
To say I was wrong was an understatement.
What I've learned is that I just thought all of those things. I THOUGHT that something was missing, I THOUGHT that I didn't have the same opportunities, and I THOUGHT I couldn't be happy.
Are you catching what I'm throwing?
I was miserable and lost because I THOUGHT I was. I spent everyday thinking and putting energy towards this mindset of not having what I wanted, not being who I wanted to be, and not going where I wanted to go.
How could I have thought this would ever take me anywhere?
What it comes down to is that all of this is an inside job.
If it feels like something is missing in your life then chances are that it is. You have to put effort into finding your passions.
Each one of us has to sit down and say, "If everyone in the world was paid the same amount of money, what would I want to do?" Do I still want to be a lawyer or a dentist or an accountant? If so, then that's amazing! If not, then you need to reevaluate. I literally mean that you need to sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself: what do I want to do every day that I'm not currently doing every day? Your next step is simple. Start doing it everyday. Stop ignoring the voice inside of you. Listen to it and let it take you to amazing, amazing places.
If you want to have opportunities, you have to THINK and KNOW that opportunities are always coming your way.
It sounds so cliche but you have to think positively. You have to train your mind to only think that opportunities come your way especially when you need them most. You have to train your mind to only think that life is here to help you. You have to train your mind to know that everything is working in your favor.
For me it was creating this blog and increasing my freelance writing load. As soon as I started to express myself creatively and read and listen to resources about driving website traffic and growing your audience and I started to become the professional business woman that I am now-happiness came automatically. I don't have to think about being happy anymore because I am. I wake up every single day (7 days a week) and do things that make me happy and in turn, I am happy.
You couldn't pay me to wipe my memory clean of these life lessons. They have changed everything about how I live my life and how I plan to live my life. They have brought insanely positive change in my life, they have brought passion into my life, and they gotten the ball rolling on creating the career of my dreams so that pretty soon I'll never work again because I LOVE what I do.
If this in anyway resonates with you then that means that it's your turn. It means that life is calling of you to figure it out. It means that it's your time to start, to create, to take the first step in the right direction.
How could you possibly ever regret going for it? This is our only chance to make it happen unless you happen to know a life hack that I don't know about where you get to the end and get to do it all over again.
Don't waste your time feeling like something important is missing from your life, that opportunities don't come your way, and that you are just an unhappy person. Figure out now that all of this comes from inside of you and if you put the conscious effort into changing your thought patterns you'll suddenly become very excited to wake up every morning and see what life has in store for you that day.
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