A New Direction

I created my blog to share where I’m finding my happy places in life. Since graduating from college in 2006, I’ve come to realize many things. One being what I thought my life would be like and what my life has turned out to be. I’ve realized they are two completely different things.

Back then I saw myself married to my boyfriend I met in college and having one or two kids by now. I saw us living in a house tucked back in the woods. I saw myself teaching school for the next thirty years. I just knew my life would be all sunshine and rainbows. My life today is far from where I used to see myself. I am not married to my college boyfriend, I have no kids, I quit teaching a few months ago and I just moved back to my parent’s house. It has certainly not been all sunshine and rainbows. It’s funny how much things can change in six years.

Last year was definitely one of the hardest years of my life. I’ve dealt with the loss of three family members, ended my 6 1/2 year relationship with my college boyfriend, quit my job which left me unemployed and not knowing where life was going to take me.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

During my unemployment, I had a lot of time to think and figure out what I want in life. One thing that kept coming to mind was to be happy. I’ve been told numerous times by family and friends to find who makes you happy and do what makes you happy. So I did. Although ending my long relationship with my boyfriend was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I knew deep down it was the right thing to do. I had to focus on my own happiness and do what was best for me. Quitting my teaching job was no piece of cake either. It was all I had known and what I thought I was destined to do. Over the past several years I began asking myself if this is what I really wanted to do the rest of my life. The answer was no on more than one occasion. Again, I had to focus on my own happiness and do what was best for me. And I did.

I couldn’t be happier for making those two decisions. So in 2014, here’s to my happiness….a new boyfriend and a new job. My two new happy places.

What new happy places have you found so far this year?

Resolutions in 2014

I begin every year with resolutions. We all do. Whether or not we actually do them is a completely different story. Mine are usually forgotten the day after I make them. A few days before the new year, I sat down and wrote my resolutions out instead of just relying on my faulty memory. My list was short, sweet and simple. I feel like these goals are actually attainable and realistic and they stand a pretty good chance of being followed through.

1. Take better care of myself. Let’s face it. I say it every year but this time I mean it. More Zumba. More running. It’s happening. No excuses. 5K’s here I come!

2. Find a new job. I’m burnt out on teaching. I’m ready for something new. Not sure what that will be yet, but I’m on the lookout.

3. See friends more….especially ones that live far from me. I just need to stop being lazy and go have some fun with those guys.

4. Let go and let God. I can’t control everything and everyone. I need to quit worrying and just let things be.

5. Give more, love more, forgive more. Enough said.

6. Learn something new. And here I am. Blogging is my something new. I have no idea what I’m doing but I’m bound and determined to teach myself how it all works. I always have a hard time leaving my comfort zone to try new things. We’ll see how far my determination takes me.

What are your resolutions for 2014? I’m curious.

~Jessica