Freedom at 35
I turn 35 today. OMG!!! Truthfully, I’m totally embracing this halfway point between 30 and 40 and I’m feeling really great about what this year has in store for me.
This past year was one of looking deeper at myself. What makes me tick? What excites me? What no longer brings me joy? And most importantly, what brings me more FREEDOM?
Knowing Where You Came From to Get Where You’re Going
I acknowledge that part of my freedom is sheer privilege (which I will never take for granted), but the other half is what I’ve created through years of hard work and deep work on myself- an ongoing process of getting to know myself. When I look at my life and where I’ve been, it definitely wasn’t always travels and yoga and yummy food in my belly. It took commitment and overcoming some hardship to reach a place of freedom. It meant I had to shut out all the voices that told me no (mainly my own). It meant eating tuna fish sandwiches and Campbell’s soup (ain’t knocking the tomato rice!) for weeks on end throughout college. But mostly it took me believing in myself, trusting that I was enough and knowing that I could create the life I wanted to live.
Today I feel at peace with where I am. I have carved out a life that allows me to have the freedom to do what I love, travel the world, and be happy with the company I keep on a daily basis- myself included!
Leaps of Faith
I started out pretty safe, but in recent years I’ve started taking more risks and trusting where my path may lead. I’ve had surprises, successes and disappointments, but no regrets at all. Taking a long, hard look at what we truly want is crucial. Whether it’s a lifestyle, a job, a vacation or a feeling, we can plan and work toward it, but we may realize along the way that it wasn’t what we really wanted after all. The trials either push us to work harder or reveal to us that it wasn’t meant for us to begin with. I’ve learned to accept the impermanence of everything. If something doesn’t fill me up, I don’t force it. Freedom is knowing when something isn’t serving you anymore and letting it go.
Trust The Journey
Life isn’t perfect, nor do I want it to be. I still struggle, but I’ve learned to make peace with the struggles that have paved the way to where I am today. And as I enter a new phase that will bring lots of changes in my life, I’m facing it head on, and going with the ebb and flow of what will be. I’m trusting God and the Universe in all that this magical, yet very real, life has in store for me. So Big 3-5, I’m ready for you. Bring. It. On!
Here are some of my intentions for this next chapter:
Savor your alone time
It is so sacred and precious. Appreciate and indulge in the time spent with yourself and don’t go a whole week without dedicating at least one hour to you.
Read and Write More
There is so much to know and see and do. Get off of social media and study all the things you want to learn. Write at least one page a day; You have a lot to say!
Be more vulnerable
Growth comes from being who you really are, imperfections and all. Don’t hide yourself.
Be open to all the possibilities you’ve never imagined possible
Let things flow and you will be surprised at how well they will work out in the end
Become more financially intelligent
Invest wisely and spend less money on things
Invest in myself
Take classes, workshops, and online courses. Go to retreats and conferences knowing that you will gain so much!
Thanks for reading,