Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Hey lovies! I hope you’ve had an awesome week. If you follow my social media you know I just moved to Florida! I’m loving it here. The only things missing are my fur babies. Once they are here, I don’t think I could have asked for a better location to start my life after school. Lol at the meme that has been going around saying “millennials are buying houses for their dogs—not their children or marriages”. I have to say, I can most definitely relate! I have dreams of a big yard for my pets. But anyway, it could be my energy, or maybe the sunshine, but the people here have been so nice. I have felt so welcomed everywhere I go and I’m so happy I decided to make this move.
I’ve been doing a little revamping to the blog and I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be working with an amazing photographer, Brandon, founder and photographer of Diamond Imagery. He is so talented and I’m super pumped to be consistently collaborating with him! Aside from that I am doing some reorganization to some of the sections on the blog. My menu will now include “Style”, “Pastimes”, “Home”, and “Self”. Style really won’t be changing much, but I would like to do a few more Instagram updates. Pastimes will consist of my hobbies so, posts in this section will be about things like working out, traveling, and cooking. Now that I’m working with a real estate company I see so many beautiful homes and I also love to decorate my own (on a budget)! The home section will consist of some of the current listings at The Holland Group and how I change up the decor in my own home. Finally, self will primarily be about how I lead a healthy lifestyle mentally and physically. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you guys in hopes that they will be inspiring and beneficial to your lives.
With that being said, I’d like to share a few things that I’ve learned while making the big move. Luckily, I’ve had the support of my family and friends to get me through this huge transition in my life. It’s crazy to think that this time last year I was rushing from class to class, swarmed with assignments and due dates. I think the biggest difference in switching from college life to the real world is that you don’t really have a set schedule. Time management is key if you want to live a productive and success driven life. I’ve realized so much about myself being thrown into a completely new environment. So, I went ahead and made a list of the top 7 things I’ve learned throughout this move and I’m excited to share it with you all!
1.You HAVE to go out on a limb: Whether it’s finding new friends, a job, gym, bank, hair stylist, or place to live, you have to go out on a limb and trust in yourself to make things happen. Reaching out to others is key. It can be intimidating and stressful but as long as you relax into your own skin and know that the first step to reaching goals is communication you will get things done.
2. Who ‘s gonna stick it out till’ the end: This is bittersweet, but true. When you move to a new place you will without a doubt see who’s there for the long run and who may just be a fair-weather friend. Letting go is part of life and I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason. The people that are meant to be in your life will stay, and those who aren’t won’t. As long as you keep pushing through when times are hard, trust that better things are coming, and realize that you are making the right decision FOR YOU things will fall into place.
3.Your important relationships will form a stronger bond: It’s true, absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Now that I’m so busy and so many miles away, simple phone calls with friends and family mean so much more to me. My sister and I can spend hours on the phone talking now that we don’t see each other every day and our relationship has definitely grown. Reaching out to my friends as much as I can has become so important because I don’t see them every day anymore.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: Asking a question starts a conversation! When I travelled to Australia and New Zealand I quickly learned that asking a local where something was turned out to be much more efficient than navigating the walking directions on an IPhone. The same applies to this situation whether I’m trying to find something around town or meet new people. If you don’t know something, ask. Usually someone will be more than willing to help you. Plus, questions start conversations, and conversations make friends!
5.You will get lonely: I’m not going to lie to you guys and say I haven’t felt an ounce of homesickness. Sure, I miss my comfortable little apartment in Boone, Netflix dates with my sister and pets, and nights out with friends. But I know that this is a growing process that will lead me on the path to being my best me. Change can be uncomfortable but time will fill that void and soon enough you will feel right at home in a place that was completely alien to you 6 months ago. If you start to feel the loneliness creeping in, pick up something that will keep you busy. The feeling will pass. Give it time and trust in your path!
6. It’s all about the attitude: My four-year-old cousin Jack, plays ball in the pool every day. If he has a hard time catching the ball, he and his dad say together, “I am GOING to catch this next ball!” He always catches it. By throwing myself into a new place with so many new goals to achieve it is easy to say I’ve been a bit overwhelmed. I started a new job, class, and I’m also trying get the blog going again. I could spend time focusing on how overwhelmed I am or I could tell myself that I am GOING to reach my goals and knock down any obstacles that stand in my way. Personally, I think the second choice is much more effective!
7. Take things day-by-day: Moving is a huge transition in your life. Whether you graduated and you’re off to college, you’re moving a few states away for a job, or you’re simply moving houses it can be a lot to take on. Take things day by day and realize that you made the choice to move for a reason, the seasons of life will provide you with tremendous growth, and that you are right where you are supposed to be. Adjustment takes time!
Thank you guys so much for stopping by my site! I hope your week is everything you wanted and more. So much love for you all and I’ll talk to you soon!