As another year goes by, I like to reflect and see what I've done in the past year. To be honest, it has flown by that I can't even believe I'm 26. I feel like I was 10 years old yesterday, playing on the swing set in my back yard and all of the sudden, I blink and I'm 26 with an adult job and a bachelor’s degree. Time goes by slow but moves at the speed of light. If you think about it, you are going day to day doing your normal routine, waking up, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, etc. but as time goes on, you do this every day and before you know it, you will be 84 with grandchildren. How time moves so fast is incredible.
I remember being asked what I wanted for my birthday and knowing exactly what it was - which, let's be honest, was usually barbies. But as I get older, I wish for more sentimental things like good health, happiness, and love. I hope as I grow older that I make good and healthy choices in my life – not just for my body (physical) but for my emotional well-being, as well as mental. I hope to be forever happy with a lot of love and excellent health. I hope every person that I love can experience the same.
At the beginning of 2018, I made it a goal for myself to pay off all of my student loans by the time 2018 was over. I was literally in tears when I made the calculations in order for that to happen. I knew that even though this was going to be painful, I had to make a commitment - if I stopped, I was only cheating myself. As it started, it went okay and I didn't really notice a difference. As the weeks and months went on, my checking account was getting smaller so I had to dip into my savings. Thankfully, it wasn't too much money that I had to use, but my goal was met before the end of the year! The feeling is indescribable and I am so happy that I don't owe that money anymore. It made me realize that if I set a goal for myself and make a plan, as long as I commit to it, I will make it happen. It was, in a way, a sign for me to keep pursing what I want in life because if I work hard enough, anything that I want in life will happen. I will say, it was NOT easy. I pretty much went the whole year without any new clothes, shoes, makeup, nothing. It was a little depressing but I knew that the sacrifice would be worth it. So to those of you out there that are not where you want to be, you will be there, I promise you. Hard work pays off and the reward will be so sweet. (Guess who's spoiling herself for her birthday month... meee).
Thank you to everyone that has wished me a happy birthday! You are forever in my heart! I hope your birthday is just as sweet as mine! For my birthday, I wanted to visit the zoo and my boyfriend made that true! It was such a great experience and unlike any other zoo I've been to. My boyfriend is the sweetest and I'm truly happy he is in my life and that I got to celebrate two birthdays with him, and many many more to come. I love him.
Here's to 26. I hope it's the best year yet.