Turning 23. Matching Tattoos? Lessons I learned in 2017…

It has been some time since I’ve last popped in here and said hello. My apologizes! Before the new year, I landed a new job! I’m excited about the opportunity because it’s within my field. January was a crazy month for my family and I. My parents and I share a birthday in the month of January. For me, turning 23 was just another day! I did treat myself to a matching tattoo with my mom and sister. I wasn’t planning on getting a tattoo anytime soon, but we had been discussing matching tattoos for some time. Each of my tattoos represents something important, but this one is by far my most meaningful. “Birds of a feather flock together.”

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As January comes to a close, I’ve taken some time to recap on my 2017. I believe 2017 was one of the hardest years of my life, but I also think it was one of the best years of my life. I learned a lot about self-worth. For me, a lot of my happiness comes from others and experiences rather than materialistic things. I realized that some of the people I surrounded myself with were not adding value to my life. In order to fulfill my happiness, I had to let go of some of those negative people. Without going into extensive detail, some people broke my heart and brought a lot of bad energy into my life. When I made the decision to let those people go, I truly feel it was the beginning of learning to love myself. I’ve grown immensely in the past year and I’m so proud of the person I’m becoming.

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As I move into 2018, I decided not to make new years resolutions. I don’t believe in temporary resolutions, but rather lifestyle changes. This year I’m focusing on self-care. I’m starting on a skincare routine and I’ve started eating a lot healthier. I’m starting to channel more of my stress and anxiety into workouts. For Christmas, my boyfriend Anthony bought me a pair of boxing gloves. I think boxing will be a fun and beneficial workout to clear my head. I’m hoping for a year filled with much happiness, success and health.

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