Urgency and ambitiousness

“To achieve great things you need a plan and not enough time.”

I was recently complaining to a friend of a friend that being in your early 20’s sucks. No one prepares you. No one warns you like they warn you about those miserable high school years and the awkward teenage phase. In your early 20’s, for the first time (usually) in your life, there is no plan. No class to attend. Nothing really. Just you and the universe that doesn’t really know you exist.

I was lucky though, that this friend of a friend didn’t buy what I was saying even though she too was 23. She told me I needed to listen to this Ted Talk about how 30 is not the new 20. And I was like yeah, yeah I’ll do it. And it took a couple weeks, but honestly, it resonated with me in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time. Your 20’s are not a time to waste. A time to shrug off and say I’ll figure things out when I’m 30. Your 20’s are when you develop as an adult. If you want to do something, if you want to change something about yourself, there is literally not a better time to do that than now, than what I had been referring to as my “miserable 20’s.”

Anyway, the talk is only 15 minutes and I SO recommend that you listen to it, especially if you are in your early 20’s. We all need a little push and a little empowerment.

XX

Abby

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Finding joy

Sunday’s should be lazy days, spent close to home, cozy and curled up. For me though, this Sunday at least, I’m working. Not your typical job (just tutoring and babysitting) but still, work. I remind myself that I’m in no position to turn down anything paid and if that means giving up one Sunday here and there, I guess that’s the name of the game. 

So while I may not be spending my Sunday the way I want to, I have to look at the bigger picture. Working today will help me tomorrow and the next day. Sometimes I guess you just have to keep your head down and get that job done. Grinding away. It helps to remember to enjoy those moments I do get, the ones that are stolen away. Or even find joy in those moments I’d rather not be doing. It doesn’t benefit anyone to do something with your jaw clenched and heels dragging behind you. Every day is a gift right? So there is, of course, joy in that. Plain and simple.

Happy Sunday loves, whatever you may be doing.

XX

Abby

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Change (a work in progress)

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Sometimes it’s scary how much Allie and I can be on the same page.

I woke up today feeling a little down too. Even more than that, I’ve been feeling so incredibly anxious and overwhelmed lately and I can’t figure out why. Of course there are things I don’t have figured out right now that I wish I did, but when it comes down to it, there’s nothing I really have to do. I just create these lists in my head of do this, do that — so much so that I feel like I’m constantly thinking about what I have to do next, never what I’m doing now.

It’s a new month though (happy February!) and that means another fresh slate to grab. January flew by (like all months have been doing lately) but I think maybe that’s because I haven’t been  mindful of each day. One month of 2014 is gone, yes, but there’s still a lot of time for change and improvement! I made some resolutions for the new year and I looked over them again today. To be honest, I haven’t done a lot of them. It’s hard! I focus on so many other energies and things I can’t change that I forget to work on what I really can change. Maybe if I list a few out, it will help me feel more accountable for myself. So here it goes:

– Eat in moderation.

– Write something creative everyday.

-Obsess over my skin less.

– Watch less T.V.!!!

-Focus on getting fit rather than loosing weight.

Nothing monumental, but hopefully small changes that will add up to something in the long run. Here’s to a new month and embracing change.

Stay happy,

XX

Abby