Tomorrow I turn 27. #scary
This year, I’ve taken my birthday as an opportunity to step back and kind of reevaluate my life. For the past few months, I’ve been thinking about where I am, where I thought I would be, and where I still want to go…
I’ve been asking myself some honest questions like “what makes me happy?”… “what really doesn’t?” I’ve been thinking about the things I want — and the things I’ve been too scared to go get.
I am a very lucky girl. In so many ways. And I do know it — but I really had to remind myself.
It’s so cliche, but: I am healthy, I have the most incredible family, I have loving, supportive relationships, and I have the opportunities and tools to pursue my passions. This life of mine is really such a gift. Why am I not seizing it?
I made the decision that 27 is my game-changer year.
I made a list of all the things that I’ve always wanted to do, try, or change in my life – and my plan is to take a stab at every single one of them.
I’ve literally let go of any and all hesitations, fears, repercussions, and doubts. I’ve taken a few steps to begin implementing these “changes” and it feels so good already!
Before I get married, have a family, and devote my life to them – I want to devote some time to myself. I want to challenge myself to pursue my dreams, my passions, express my creativity, and find my happiness. Though I’m not unhappy, I know that I want more out of this life. I don’t want to settle (for anything less than everything!) 😉
Take it away, Nettles. #HadTo—>
I’m just bursting at the seams with excitement and joy for my future, and all of the plans I’m making. My friends and family have always encouraged me to do ANYTHING that I want. Really though, how insane is it to have that kind of support system and STILL be too afraid?
If I could go back in time and sit down with 18, 20, 22, or 24 year old Amanda, I’d tell her to stop being so scared of every little thing in her life. Stop being scared of what people might say or think. Stop thinking you can’t, or it’s too late, or you’re not good enough. Just stop worrying, and start doing. Believe in yourself – just as much as those around you do.
I am finally ready to do ME, and I can’t wait to document this amazing year. <3