Happy leap year! This special day only comes once every four years. It's important to stop and appreciate that we have been gifted an extra day this year. What are you going to do to make today special? I decided to start training to run a marathon. As someone who hates running and has refused to run my entire life, is HUGE for me. The first day was not great to say the least, but I'm optimistic and proud that I am getting started.
I just returned from my first visit to New York City. We were lucky enough to snag an Airbnb room just two blocks from central park. Although it was a quick weekend trip, I loved my time in the city. There is a type of magic to New York. The city buzzes with an unmistakable energy. It is a city of hustlers and dreamers. The city that realizes and crushes millions of dreams depending on just how hard the dreamer is willing to work and sacrifice. I found exactly what I had hoped during my short stay, inspiration and drive to work harder.
As a child growing up in a small town, I was always intoxicated by city lights. I remember during long road trips to see relatives or during summer vacations, I would stare out the window memorized as we passed cities on the interstate. I was so restless in my small, lazy town and yearned to feel the energy of a bustling city. As an adult, I still feel the same tingle of excitement each time I take my first steps into a new city.
When I left college, with a handful of internships and a few years of office experience under my belt, I set out to find a new job in Washington D.C. My hopeful and somewhat naïve plans were soon dashed when I stepped off the metro and into my first interview in the city. I was much more experienced than much of my competition in group interviews. I was knowledgeable and could charm the interviewers, but experienced denial after denial for the same overarching reason: they didn't think a country girl could make it in the city.
I have lived a lifetime of hearing the word no. If I had allowed all the people in my life that told me that something was impossible for me, if I would have allowed myself to be limited by the harsh and invalid judgments of others, I would not have accomplished anything in life. I am very fortunate, however, to be blessed with a stubborn nature. If I want something, it may not happen for me immediately, but I will have it one day, just watch me. So, it took a year from the moment I set out and a slight change in destination, but I landed a job in a new city and began this journey.
Although I have my stubbornness to save me from settling in life, I'm also prone to laziness. It is too easy to become comfortable in my day-to-day routine that I forget that I have work to do. Life is so short and it's easy to think that we have all the time in the world, but that's not true. If you're not actively moving forward in life, what is the point of living? I don't want to wake up one day and realize that I allowed my desire for comfort to steal my life and dreams away. I don't want to stay in my little comfortable corner all my life, I want to see and experience all of life has to offer me.
New York is a place for people who have decided that they will take what they want. Some will win and some will lose, but the only true failure is when we stop giving life our all. I was so inspired to be in the presence of millions of people in the city, each with their own story, struggles, and wisdom to share. I felt as though I was a child again as I looked up at all the buildings and sparkling lights. I immediately took to my journal to make my plans for the next few months. It's time to focus on making my dreams a reality. It's now time to work.
My goal with this post is to spark a little inspiration in each person that reads it. We are all on our individual journeys, but
the goal is the same; make the most of this life we have been given. I urge you to use this special day to make some big change or step in the direction of your goal. We are only given a short amount of time to live, don't waste another day just getting by.
Sending love and positive vibes to you! Have a wonderful week. Go get 'em, tiger.