Adulting Ain’t Easy

Hey friends!

It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and I think this birthday hit me harder than most.  This unshakeable feeling that I’d finally reached the age of “adulthood” came over me.  I felt this sudden pressure to have the next 50 years planned out, to be on our 3rd child, to have our retirement plans mapped, and on and on.  I used to think that your 20s are a time to figure things out and your 30s are when your grown-up years start. AKA, you know exactly what you’re doing, you are well on your way with your family, etc.  Let me just start by saying this: What a crock of $#%@!

Growing, maturing, transforming – these are not concepts solely relegated to your 20s.  Where did I get the idea that I had to have EVERYTHING figured out by 31? Why did I suddenly feel like we were supposed to be on child #3, with our lives planned out until retirement? I am not sure why I woke up feeling behind in life, or that all personal evolution had to be completed for the rest of my life.  Perhaps it’s social media comparisons.  Or maybe the picture in my head telling me what life “should” look like at this point. Either way, when I stopped to think about what was upsetting me, I realized how ridiculous and unfounded it was!

THE GROWTH CONTINUES

While this birthday brought up some funk that I had to deal with, I came out of it in a much better headspace.  At the end of the day, I realized several things.  You will never stop learning and evolving.  There is no specific decade for doing these things – it’s just called life.  And when I realized how much I’m still learning about myself and life everyday, it was such a relief.  I accepted [for the most part ;)] that I’m not perfect in my 31 years, I don’t know everything and that I never will. That’s what life’s all about – learning as you go and allowing yourself the grace to be imperfect and ever-changing.  When I came out of my birthday/life expectation hangover, I remembered how beautiful and wonderful my life is and how everything is unfolding in the perfect time.

THE YEAR TO COME

In the spirit of #LeoSeason [Hello A-Rod & J-Lo – need I say more?], I wanted to share with y’all 7 things I’m looking forward to in the next year:

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Teals and Goals

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Today I want to talk about goals, specifically goals for H2 (i.e. in business lingo, half two, or the second half of the year). I think it’s super important to think about what you envision for yourself in the year ahead / what you aspire towards and then get it down on paper. There’s something about writing it down (or typing it out) that makes it more real. There’s always hoopla around goal setting in the self-help / coaching (business or personal) world at the start of the year. However I think that it’s just as noteworthy to pause mid-year, reflect, and goal-set for the remaining months. Mind you, your goals might be the exact same as what you started with in January and that’s totally fine. However my bet is you might have a few tweaks to your list! 😉

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Current Favorites: Podcasts, Slides & Dainty Necklaces

For today’s post, I wanted to do a roundup of some of my current favorite things: podcasts, slides and dainty necklaces.

PODCASTS

First things first: Podcasts.  Recently, whenever I’ve needed some background noise, some inspiration or just some food for the creative / entrepreneurial soul, I’ve turned on a podcast. Some of you recently asked how I prefer to consume podcasts and for me, the most convenient way is though my phone. I click on my “podcasts” app and all of my podcasts are there. I’ll either subscribe to one that I’m loving or I’ll search for individual episodes that I listen to.  Today I want to share with you my favorite podcasts that I’m listening to right now:

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