Paris Ruined My life...In The Best Way

photo courtesy of  Jack Strutz

photo courtesy of Jack Strutz

Good evening champions. 

Between the sleep deprivation and Paris ruining my life, I was a bundle of emotions waiting to be released upon my arrival back in the states. No joke, I legit cried 5 times the following day and it was a wild experience. Also note, Paris wrecked my life is the best of ways. It created a tension that will inevitably evoke positive change and transform my life. 

How did it wreck me you ask? 

Well, for starters, I’ve got a new fire in my belly for writing/poetry that got lost in the midst of life. Yeah, I am a staff writer for a company. Yeah, I write every day. Yeah, I occasionally pitch publications and they publish my piece. What I lack is taking the extra step. For starters, I need to pitch more publications. The goal: pitch two to three extra pieces/publications a month (lots of research goes into play here kids). Secondly, I am relaunching Phenomenal Women with a goal of fifteen-twenty new interviews by December 31. Now, the one that scares me the most... I speak all this nonsense about publishing a collection of poetry but only write when the inspiration hits. I need to put more love and energy into my craft. I need to exercise that part of my brain and stop living in the wondrous past of my fallen poetry. So, what’s my plan? I plan to create a rough draft for my collection of poetry over the course of a year and self-publish. I will no longer create excuses as to why I cannot do something and allow myself to become comfortable with the accomplishments I have made. I will be proactive in my life. I hope by sharing it with you all, I have individuals to hold me accountable. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt to throw it into the universe and let all the tinkering begin ha. 

Next up, reflection station. 

I knock myself and my accomplishments by comparing where I am to where everyone else is. Like nah, why? When I get down to it, it's a part of being human especially in the new age of social media. You constantly have the world at your fingertips and it's easy to get lost in the limelight social media showcases. On the other side of things, there's a world behind the screen that we don't see. So I can't compare my opening credits to someone else's climax.  My journey is my own, it’s unique to who I am and I’ve come quite a long way. So yeah, it’s time I start celebrating all my accomplishments, no matter how big or how small because they are still accomplishments. 

My time is valuable. Point blank. I need to recognize that and live accordingly. 

I need to travel, there is no want. I find inspiration and self-reflection at each new destination. It's silly, but traveling makes me feel alive and provides my heart with a lot of joy. Plus, I don't think I'd be the person I am today without all the trips I've done over the last year and a half. With each journey comes a new experience, a new set of lessons, motivations, and thirst for the next to come. Now, I'd like to set the record straight that I am not making stacks on stacks of cheddar. If anything, I am making enough to slide by. I am able to go on my adventures around the globe (and the nation) because I prioritize travel. I create separate savings for travel, live within my means and make sacrifices. I don't splurge on myself weekly, I splurge on my travel. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to get to a point where I can do both, I'm simply not there yet. 

...that's all I've got so far. Everyday is something else and I look forward to the growth I expereince. 

Keep on keepin' on champs!