Well, Happy New Year to you! How did 2014 treat you? Rather… How did you treat yourself in 2014? Because, I might be silly and crazy, but even I know that a year doesn’t happen to you. You make it happen… or not happen. So however your year went it was up to you.I know, I know, things happen. Some years have lots of good happen. Some have lots of bad. Such is life. You still determine how you end up at the end of that year. 2013 was a sad year for me, for many reasons, but for one in particular. 2014 was a great year, also for many reasons, but one thing stood out to me as the biggest change to start the rest of the change.
The big change?
I got a new job. I’m not going to comment on the place I was working originally. I was lucky to have that job, but it was time to move on. It was a very fortunate turn of events that this job had opened up and how I found out about it. Everything just lined up perfectly. The new job, at a super fun craft/stationery/novelty gift store, is full of color, cReaTivIty, passion, and positivity. The group of people I work with is inspiring and encouraging. I have learned more in the months working here than I have in many years before.
The most important lesson I’ve learned from the amazing people and happy environment is to be myself and that it’s okay if you don’t know who that is yet! I have so much more confidence now than I ever had before. Of course, it still lacks at times and I worry about dumb things, but overall, it’s a remarkable improvement. I was inspired to start trying new things. (oh hello, #hundrednewthings, if you don’t know about it.. read it).
For the first major time in my life, I was stepping out of my comfort zone. What a feeling it is to be on the other side of it! I feel invincible. (duh, I know I’m not..) I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, trying new things makes you want to try more new things! It’s amazing! Just the other day, I was having lunch with my dad. We had sushi, but he prefers sashimi. I’ve never had sashimi and when he found out, he assumed I wouldn’t try it (not his fault, it was my nature my whole life NOT to try things) but I automatically said, “I’ll try some.” He was very pleasantly surprised and so was I (sashimi is not so bad).
Breaking myself out of my comfort zone, also meant breaking out of the worry of what everyone else thinks (to a point, okay? I’m still working on it) It is the most freeing feeling I have ever had. Now, I can be whoever I am, or whoever I want to be. If someone wants to judge it, or label me, I’m actually okay with it. That doesn’t affect who I am or how I feel. Not everyone will like what I do or who I am… and that’s okay. (this is something everyone should repeat to themselves often) What’s important? I like who I am and that is something I have never fully felt or accepted or said and it is huge. I hope this for all of you.
With the new job, and the new things project, I can very confidently say I am not the same as I was when the year began. I have grown more this year than I have in possibly the past ten years. I have felt stuck in the same place for all that time, and what I didn’t realize then was that the only thing keeping me stuck was me.
This is possibly the most open post I have ever shared with you all because I never had the confidence to say it all to the world before.
This year I:
- Got a new job. (duh)
- Went to a lot of amazing places including Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, & hiking at the Del.Water Gap
- Try many new things & foods
- Shot a gun!
- Ran a 5K
- Attended my 10 year high school reunion
- Had many amazing experiences celebrating the extra special moments in my loved ones lives (including marriages and babies)
There were many other things I’m proud of doing this year & that are memorable, but what’s most important were the times I shared with the people I loved. Thanks to all the fantastic people in my life, I was able to do all these things and have the encouragement to be who I am.
I have no doubt that 2015 will be an epic year for me! So much to come and I look forward to all the big changes, while still making sure to appreciate the little moments too.
Let me know about your year?
What was good?
What did you learn?
What do you hope for in 2015?