When I started the Healthy in Chicago blog, I told myself I wasn’t going to be a person who talks about how many calories I burned each day, took pictures of what I ate, or talked a lot about my personal life. Not saying there is anything wrong with those blogs, but as we all know, there are many out there. With that being said, I knew for the past few months that I would have to break that rule with this post and talk more about myself than before.
Over the past 6 months or so, everything that I knew has changed; I left my job, started a business, started other work in a new place, made new friends, got a puppy, ended a relationship; and lost a best friend and roommate, and sadly witnessed someone losing their life. This isn’t a post about how much things suck, or anything of that sort. It is more a reflection of my life lessons from this year and how I am working to own my happy to ultimately move closer to the life I want.
Don’t apologize for who you are and what you want.
I know I am no longer cut out for corporate America. I’m not sure I ever was, but after leaving, I know for sure I am happier and healthier being in another environment. I won’t apologize for measuring success by happiness vs. zeros on my pay check. I won’t apologize for a full passport but an empty (low) bank account. I am who I am and instead of trying to be someone else for my parents, friends, significant other, society, I will just be me!
Don’t lose yourself, ever.
Don’t forget your goals, and your dreams. People will come in and out of our lives that may cause us to alter our course, but if something is important to you…make it happen, no matter what. Don’t compromise too much that you lose touch of what you want and who you are.
My Puppy Love
Be open to possibilities.
Yes, so much change has occurred in the past months, however many of it was good! I am continuing to work toward possibilities. What does that mean? See every situation, occurrence and moment as a positive opportunity instead of automatically going into your head with all the reasons why not. I have said yes to new social events which have been some of the best nights out, side work and even a new teaching opportunity because I didn’t over think, I just acted if it felt right.
Things happen for a reason.
A cliché saying, but is so true. I have learned more about myself in the last few months than ever in life. The road I was going on did a major detour, but even now, I am able to look back and say…thank goodness! So when your life is crappy, just remember you are being tested for a reason.
Own your happy.
I read this phrase in the past and loved it, but now it is a life motto. What does it mean to me? That I have control over my own happiness by making things happen! I had been fortunate in the past to have many things given to me; an internship that turned into a job offer, promotions from there. Why look elsewhere when things just keep moving forward? Because I wasn’t happy! So what can we all do? Take the bull by the horns and create a life you love.
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult
Every day is a new day. Being stressed, angry, sad, or anxious, doesn’t get you anywhere tomorrow. Think about it, how can you move forward if you are holding on to your past?
2011 is a year of new beginnings for me and Healthy in Chicago! I put the site on pause when it became easy to not keep up which was a disservice for you my readers. I appreciate all of you who stuck with the site and came back to check it out. But good things are ahead, get ready! Healthy in Chicago is going to be bigger and better! And as I move forward owning the happiness in my life, I will share (every once in a while) in hopes it may inspire maybe one of you, to do the same in yours if you aren’t already there.
Happy New Year Chicago!