Today is my birthday! The big T W E N T Y F I V E. We all know that life is a journey, so here are a few lessons that I learned along the way.
Be-Gin: Start, Just Do.
We all have ideas, we all have dreams, we all have goals. But an idea without execution is simply that, an idea. For me, I like things a certain way before I move forward. I love to research and I love to learn, but at some point I couldn’t let the fear of not obtaining perfection to interfere with the goal I had to begin.
Be Healthy: Take Care of your Body.
So when my fast food addiction ended after college (& in the Bay where fast food is hard to find), I decided to get my life together and started to become more conscious of my health. My Pinterest Board became the MVP. Every food that I love, I found ways to make a healthier version from pizza all the way to gummy bears. I learned to eat my favorite unhealthy foods but in moderation. Also, working out became a part of my daily routine. At first, it was just a motivation before my trip to Greece last year, then it became a habit that I enjoy. One hour 4-5x a week is worth it for your health
Be Uncomfortable: Challenge Your Limits
I wanted to grow as an individual, so I slowly started to put myself in situations that would challenge me. When I moved to the Bay alone almost 2 years ago, I decided that I would take this opportunity to do things that took me out of my comfort zone. Things such as going to events by myself or even taking subject courses without any prior knowledge pushed me to grow.
Be Happy: Optimism is Key
“Every day might not be sunny, but don’t you ever change.” My grandpa told me this one day during our usual convo. You can’t let external situations control your attitude. If something happens that’s not in my favor, I am quick to shut down and just think that the entire world is coming to an end (semi-dramatic I know). However, I had to realize that thing are not always going to go smoothly, but your attitude determines your altitude. Once I started to choose to be happy and choose to look at the glass half full, I always planned to find something good out of the situation. When my perspective changed, things became a lot better than I was making it to be.
Be Intentional: Word of the Year
My word of the year is INTENTION. (Thanks Germanee!) I chose intention because I wanted to create intentional habits. I wanted to understand what I was doing and why I was doing it. I wanted to intentionally go after what I want, not because situations forced me to, but because I put in the necessary work to prepare for the outcome. I intentionally researched classes to enhance my knowledge on subjects where I lacked expertise. I intentionally created a habit to wake up at 6:30AM to work out consistently. I even created a habit to read 10+ articles a day to make sure I am actively aware of current events and to also learn new things from different perspectives. Every action I take might not be grand, but my intentions are clear: I want to be the best person I can be - mentally, physically, spiritually.
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I want to know what lessons you have been learning lately. What would you tell your 25 y/o self? Maybe, you also have a word for the year. Let me know in the comments below!