Happy Wednesday TORQUE babes! How I miss you all so! If there is ONE thing I could be doing this morning, it would definitely NOT be sitting in class and it would totally be riding and jamming out on the bike with all of you. SO today, PLEASE make sure that you have extra fun for me! For this post, I decided to make it a little more personal. Because 22 years ago, my journey began. Wrapped in pink, with big blue eyes (and red hair!! Can you believe that?!). My mom says often that the way you come into this world says a lot about your personality. My birth took a while (stubborn from day one), but then it was easy (all those “lightbulb moments”). After that, I was just content with being there and being loved. I’d say that is pretty damn accurate to who I am to my core. The beautiful thing about life is you start knowing only what you need, but as you go through and grow through life you begin to learn who you are. Through the love, the lessons, the ups and the downs, the laughs, and the tears, you become who you were intended to be all along. In my 22 years, I feel like have learned a few things. Some light-hearted, some silly, some hard lessons and tough consequences but, they have brought me here with you. So I take these lessons and I run with them.
I don't do this quite as often as I should, but I wanted to thank you all for helping me become the best versions of myself. To my family, my friends, my TORQUE tribe, all the ones that my heart loves each and every day. Thank you for walking, talking, and loving me through every single rainbow and storm life has thrown my way. I have a feeling 22 will be an exciting, fulfilling year. I am blessed to have you all with me for the ride. Here’s to 22, may it be the best one YET!
So, without further ado, here are 22 things I have learned in my 22 years…
Family is everything. Something that was rooted in me at a young age and something I go back to every single time. They are your people, your home base, your cheerleaders and box of tissues! they are yours and you are there! Love them and love them hard.
Family isn't always blood.Another thing that was rooted in my at a young age. To me, family is the people who love you beyond boundaries. Who want you to succeed. Who cheer for you. Who push you. Who meet you where you are. That is a whole lot more than blood. Family is who your heart beats for.
When you love someone you love them always and all ways. We are all perfectly imperfect. We all have flaws. And we all need love. Love people, flaws and all, and love them hard. Because that is how you want to be loved.
Others peoples actions do not define you. YOU define you. You are the author of this story. Hold that pen tight. And write a beautiful story.
All the little things add up and become the big things.”A true believer of this. A little bit goes a long way. Leave love wherever you go. Hold the door. Smile. Tell people you love their hair. Write a little note. Whatever it may be, do the little things, because they are the things that matter in the end.
Wear the jewelry people give you. This way, you are carrying those you love, with you where ever you go in this world. A visible reminder that love is always with you and that you are never alone.
All I need is within me. A beating heart. It is truly all you need.
Believe in something greater than yourself. Whether this is God, the Universe, or Santa Claus. whoever is up there or around you, believe in them.
Give love, abundantly, every single day and watch the world give it right back. Give it a try. I promise it will never steer you wrong because love ALWAYS win.
Eat candy and LOTS of it! This is why they make toothpaste people! Indulge in the things you love and make up for it later. If you know me, you know.
Listen to your music LOUD. It’s just better that way. Sing at the top of the lungs, hit all the notes, and be Beyonce on your morning commute.
Life turns around when you turn on your heart. This one. Something I live by. Something that saved my life. Something that is so true it hurts. Open your heart to the love the world is pouring out, let it in, and watch the beauty unfold right before your eyes.
Take pictures and lots of them. Whether you have makeup on or not, take the damn picture. You'll be happy one day that you did. Capture the life you are living. Document it. And reminisce on them often.
Cry. Tears are emotions, good and bad, leaving the body. Express them, feel them, learn from them. And then blow your nose, fix your make up, and be the badass you are.
One day it will make sense. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. And sometimes really bad things happen to really good people. But one day, we will catch a glimpse as to why. Whether it is tomorrow, a week from today, a month, a year, 10 years, whenever it is, one day it will be crystal clear. The truth always reveals itself. Be patient, let life run it's course. Know that in the end, it will all be okay, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
Keep your head up and your heart strong. Life is hard. It’s unfair and frustrating at times. But waking up every day and being proud of who you are and what your heart beats for makes it a little bit better.
Appreciate home cooked meals. The microwave is not your friend. Take in the love and yumminess you experience around the table when you're surrounded by loved ones. It’ the nourishment our souls receive that makes all the difference.
Do what you can with what you have. Whether this is a big deal or a little thing, do what you can. Make an impact in the ways you can. Show love in words and actions rather than things. Don’t feel like you have to achieve these insane standards. Be you and do you.
Shift your perspective. YOU are in control. You have the power to approach things from any which angle. 9/10 the positive one always wins. See the good in all things. Exercise your mind to find the good and the good will come.
Tell people you love them. Just do it. 3 words. 8 letters. Do it and do it often. Because one day, there won’t be the chance to.
Travel. Whether it is across the globe or across town. Engage your senses. See things. Do things. Experience the world around you. When your time comes, be able to say I lived.
Love yourself. Because you deserve it.