I just celebrated my 29th birthday. When I look back on last year (because which of us doesn’t feel reflective on our birthday?) I am astounded at the series of events that has led me to where I am now…
Last July was the worst of my life. My marriage of nearly five years ended and I was alone, confused, and broken. Thankfully I had a dear friend by my side going through the same thing but I also had many friends encouraging me to work things out, telling me that surely things weren’t as bad as I was making them out to be – let me tell you now, you don’t know anything unless you are in it. On top of that, my grandma passed away about a month later and personal family issues were running at on all time high. I honestly don’t know how I was able to continue to function as a somewhat healthy human being, but I did.
After nearly two years of freelancing I was forced to get a day-job, which was probably the best thing for me at the time (and now nearly a year later has opened up a crazy amount of opportunities). On top of still running my blog I now manage social media accounts for four different businesses which all came from applying to be an ice cream scooper (of all the things haha).
I am also dating a really great guy, which I definitely wasn’t expecting to find so soon – and he is honestly the most kind and considerate person I have ever met in my life. Although I was initially terrified of jumping into another relationship (or god forbid, falling in love) I’m so glad I took a risk with Cody (the tall guy in my Instagram stories). I think when you find someone that makes you happy, you’d be a crazy person to let them go out of fear.
I feel more like myself than I have in years. I’m happy, healthy, goofy, driven…all the good things. It’s refreshing to know that it’s never too late to start again. If you find yourself in a situation where you are no longer happy with the way your life is going, guess what? You can change that. It’s not easy, god is it not easy, but one day things will get better (they will likely get much worse first but it will get better eventually). Don’t fear change, change is always inevitable. Learn from it, grow, but most importantly (as cliché as it sounds) stay true to yourself.
photos by tom kucy