8 Things I Learned Moving Away From Home
I didn’t come this far to only come this far.
Let me just say, time really does fly. One year ago today I took a leap and moved to Texas. It’s honestly been such a tough year, so many things have changed, and I’ve learned a ton, to say the least. So in honor of my “One-Year Texaverssary” here’s a snapshot of some of my highlights and the souvenirs of life I’ve picked up along the way:
1. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
The journey never ends. There is no set destination. In the past, I would get to where I wanted then automatically be so gungho about the next goal to check off the list. I’ve always been a “what’s next?” type of girl and that’s okay….to a certain extent. It’s always okay to work towards new goals but it’s not okay to be so wrapped up in the “next” destination or stage of life that you forget to live the day you’re in. Life is happening now.
This past year I’ve become more present in my life. I stopped worrying about the next goal I had to achieve and started focusing on how beautiful the road I’m driving on now is.
2. What’s a Year Without Adventures??
This is crazy but about a week ago I looked at one of my old journals from 2015 and there was a huge list of bucket list items one of my besties and I made when we did our West Coast Roadtrip. When I read it, I saw where it had “Go somewhere Solo” and “Travel with Strangers”…. both of these were able to get checked off. Honestly, I don’t even remember writing those down. Be careful what you wish for I guess?? Regardless … #noragrets
Traveling Solo was an experience. It’s not all that it’s hyped up to be. For one, it’s kinda scary and two you don’t have memories to share the experiences with.
3. Trust, faith, spirituality, religion
In the past, I never had the best relationship with God. I would claim to be a Christian but didn’t feel a special closeness with Him. Now that I do, let me just say it’s not like anything else and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. It’s truly the only way to feel complete and full.
This may be a little controversial and I’m sure I could write a whole post on this so I’ll keep it short.
I officially no longer identify myself as part of a religion. In my opinion, it separates us more than binds us. For one, WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OF THEM?? I am a Christian who believes Christ died for our sins. He is the only God. We are all brothers and sisters, regardless of the religion we were born into/chose. There is no “right” religion, one is not better than the other, more close to God, etc. etc.. I don’t see the point.
Like I said, my own personal beliefs. You can agree or disagree.
4. Strength and Independence
“When God takes someone out of your life, he’s teaching you how to stand on your own two feet.”
As a little girl, my dad always taught me to be independent. But like any other muscle that has been worked, it’s gotten stronger over the last year. I learned how to fully depend on myself 9 hours away from anyone who loved me or could help me when things hit the fan, I lost two very important people in my life (one’s still alive), and lastly, I realized although it’s “just me” now and it’s scary as hell…. I’m good.
5. The “L” Word
I’ve always loved people but I’ve just recently come to the realization of it. I’ve learned to find the light in everyone. Even the ones I haven’t always gotten along with. Your worst enemy has a best friend and your best friend has an enemy. There is something to be loved about each and every person. I’ve chosen to love people regardless of the way they treat me.
6. “Endeavor to Persevere” -Pawpaw
This will forever be my favorite life lesson. It just makes so much sense. Like, you literally have no other choice. Things will always happen in this life to get you down, but you gotta “just keep swimming” and overcome it. How you react to the things that get you down show your true character. We’ve all been through the ringer. We all have a story. We wouldn’t have been handed it if we couldn’t handle it.
Pick it up and keep it moving.
7. Career, Money, and #Goalz
As far as this goes, I’ve been extremely blessed. This year I was able to monetize my blog through affiliate links and content marketing, I became a consultant for a vegan skincare and nutrition company who’s products I ADORE with people I LOVE even more, and FINALLY made a childhood dream come true by launching my online store this past weekend. As cheesy as it sounds, dreams really do come true.
When I think about how “out of my comfort zone” these things were to start, I think about where I was a year ago and if I hadn’t started where I’d be now.. I’m so much more proud of where I am because if I didn’t start, I’d still be in my head trying to “figure everything out” first. The journey is the fun part and I’m SO excited for what’s to come.
8. Lost my Bestfriend but Gained a Forever Guardian Angel
The hardest thing I think I’ve ever gone through. I can’t even get through writing two words of this sentence without my eyes filling up. I really don’t want to get too much into this, but I lost the best man I’ve ever known, my dad basically. He taught me everything I know and changed the course of where my life could have potentially led in the “Murder Capital” of New Orleans. Heaven gained a sense of humor and I gained a Guardian Angel. There are so many things I want to catch him up on but I know he’s got a front row view.
Like any year, there have been many highs and low’s. I know I’ve probably said it a million times but my life is such a blessing. I can’t even count how unbelievably lucky I am to have a God who has fulfilled me in so many ways. This journey has been nothing short of amazing: The people I’ve met, the memories I’ve made along the way, and the opportunity to achieve things I didn’t know were possible. Cheers to life and many more years to follow!