Twenty-four was my year of YES, my year of discovery and my year of taking chances. As I reflect on the past year of my life and try to figure out what I could have done differently or should have done differently, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. Twenty-four challenged me in ways that I didn’t believe were possible. I took what I thought would lead to my dream job and found out that the grass truly wasn’t greener on the other side. By far, it was both my most relaxed and most stressful year. Feeling under-appreciated and overworked, I felt lost and my only solace was found on the phone during my 1.5 hour drive home laughing with my best friends that lived hundreds of miles away.
My twenty-fourth year was also filled with adventures and beauty. I found a new way to pack a philosophy of doing what I wanted to do despite the obstacles that tried to alter my trajectory. This year that has been filled with leaning on the ones that I love the most and allowing people who do not serve a purpose in my life to fall like leaves from my branches. I have learned not to allow people to overstay their welcome in my home (both literally and figuratively). Many may take that as be being mean or unapproachable at times; however, I have given too much of myself to people who only wished to deplete me of my resources.
Any F E A R L E S S woman will tell you that you have to fight everyday to be fearless and disregard the naysayers. However, we will also tell you that sometimes your biggest antagonist is yourself. It’s you putting limitations on who you are or what you will accomplish in this life. I’ve watched friends hit rock bottom and rise to greatness all in the span of 12 months. I’ve watched myself wonder how I’m going to make it to the next day, and find a way to tell myself I am strong, beautiful and amazing and there is nothing that I cannot do - all in the same breath.
It was a year of me, of what I could do, what I wanted and ultimately what’ll be next. I am on a trajectory for greatness and no one else can tell me otherwise because God didn’t bring me this far to leave me. With that, I say hello to twenty-five. I am here with my arms, mind and heart wide open. I am excited to see what you have in store for me, what surprises you are cooking up and where I’ll go next.
Three women going through life.