Don’t hold on to your mistakes.

It’s okay to make mistakes. Recently, I went against my better judgement and did something that I can’t say I’m proud of. I let whatever I was feeling at the moment take over and blur what I knew was wrong. I let it eat at me for days. However, I reassure myself that the past is the past, what is done is done, and all there is left to do is grow from it. I realize that we all make mistakes, some more drastic than others. The feelings that I feel now, regret, stupidity, and pain, make me confident that I’ll never make a mistake like that again. I’ve come to believe that we make mistakes (sometimes over and over again) in order to finally come to terms with who we are. Mistakes are an opportunity for growth, forgiveness, and hope.

This is how we learn. About life, the world, other people, and most importantly, ourselves.

I’ve always said that everyone who comes into your life, whether for a day or for several years, can either be a blessing or a lesson. Some happen to be both, and to let those people go can be the hardest thing in the world. Luckily, I can say that I don’t regretting letting anyone into my life, nor am I feeling any remorse for letting them go. 2016, the year of growth.

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Okay, okay, I’m back.

I’m a bit disappointed in myself that in the first week of 2016 I haven’t updated this blog as much as I would have liked! But I am alive and well, and one of my goals from now on is to keep this page consistently updated! It’s been great to be back in San Diego, eating super healthy, working out almost everyday, and focusing on myself before the hectic semester starts. I challenge all of you to get up and do something that will better YOURself in the early weeks of the new year!

Life WILL throw you curveballs and sometimes your judgement and emotions get rattled. In those moments, be sure to keep your head up and strengthen your focus on the things that matter. Do what’s best for YOU and when you see something that brightens your eyes and fills your heart with joy, follow it with all your might.

Happy Friday, lovers.

Hello, 2016

Well, it’s a new year. Cue the cliche “new year, new me’ statuses.

I welcome 2016 with open arms. 2015 was a confusing year for me. I felt heartbreak, I felt confusion, I felt both success and failure, and I found out what it’s like to embrace adventure and find passion. 2015 taught me that working out and eating healthy will improve all aspects of your life. It taught me that you can fail, and it’s okay. It taught me that I can’t take 14 tequila shots in one night. But it taught me that I do, in fact, love tequila. It taught me that I love to travel. It taught me that it’s more important to have a tiny group of true friends surrounding you than a large group of social “whatevers”. 2015 taught me focus is the key to what you want. It taught me to believe in something -anything- if it makes you stronger. It taught me to not be afraid of the world. 2015 was the year I no longer was a teenager. It was the year that I decided to grow up. Now, I will dedicate my life to doing that.

My old friends have a tradition where each new year has a goal, or theme. 2016, for her, is the year of growth. This is incredibly important to me after the 2015 I experienced. I felt emotions I didn’t know how to handle. I cried a lot, I threw my body into limbo just by letting stress take over, I felt indescribable fear. But all of those things, for me, have set the foundation for the growth that comes along with life. The gap between child and adult, high school and college, minor and legal, unaware and conscious of your surroundings; that gap can’t be covered in a day, or in one moment. All the moments that make up your life shape where you go, and who you become.

This is why I welcome 2016 with open arms. I’m back in San Diego with a fresh start. New house, new roommates, new state of mind. I’m excited to gain back the progress I lost with my health. I’m excited to delve deep into my journalism courses. I’m excited for all the brunch. I’m excited for all the adventures I will encounter. I’m excited to meet new people, create new memories, learn new lessons, and grow into a better person. I wish you all the greatest and the best for the upcoming year. A fresh slate. Create YOU.

happy2016, lovers.