In this New Year things will be different for some people, will remain the same for others, but it will ultimately represent completion for the risk takers, over-achievers, and GOAL DIGGERS! I am a few months shy from the rebirth of my blog and with all of the things I have done with writing, experimenting, and finding my niche, I am moved by LIFE!
So as I was sitting home on New Year’s Day I had a burst of energy and the title, 7 Things You Should Do In 2017 popped in my head. So here goes…
Pursue the Career of Your Dreams
Turning 35 in December put me smack dab in the middle of my 30s and Lord it hit me and I wasn’t READY! But now as I look at my career over the past few years, six years in the military, a near year of working at Child Support Services (Not ideal for the working man), and in the middle of my ninth year in the traditional classroom (middle school teacher)…I am ready for something different.
I have earned multiple degrees (A.A.S., A.A., B.A., MPA, Ed.S., and Ed.D.), so now I want to transition into Higher Education. So on with the pursuit! If there is something that you want to do, the worse that can happen is being told no, but that does not mean give up. That just means pour yourself into your pursuit. It’s time and I feel in my gut that it is going to happen. This is my year! So follow your instincts and take a leap, you just might enjoy the ride. *Refreshing my resume, LinkedIn, Higher Ed. jobs account, and EVERYTHING else.* Wish me luck!
Plan the Vacation You’ve Always Wanted to Take
I found, booked, and fully paid for a cruise to Jamaica in 2014, but due to extenuating circumstances I was unable to go so I loss $1500. Sounds like chump change right? No the hell it don’t. But after sitting at home these past two holidays…Thanksgiving and Christmas… I have decided I bet I won’t be here next year. It is time to plan my trip to Jamaica and anywhere else I want to go. I will escape my home life and you should too. Whether it’s domestic or international, invest in yourself, your peace of mind, and take yourself somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go. Jamaica…Aruba…Virgin Islands…Turks and Caicos… I swear I must have been an islander in my past life and thank goodness I already have a PASSPORT.
Write and Publish Your Own Book Everyone has a story or two to tell. We are all made unique and our life experiences shape us into divine individuals. For some my life as a country girl from a single parent home that has grown up to do the things I have done is inspiring and for some it might be a bore. But what I know is that regardless of your backstory, somebody is interested in reading it. Writing My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching was extremely personal because it was my journey into teaching. It’s not about the money; it’s about sharing my words, my talent, and my expressions. So I challenge you all to put it on paper and watch it grow. Tell your story…someone needs to hear it.
Kick it With Your Crush
Being recently separated after being married for a couple of years, I am suddenly facing no longer being married (I’m not mad, I’m GOOD and so is LIFE). Oh My Goodness I was blindsided by some things but clearly it was time to let go. But there are some really good looking men in this world so when a man steps correctly-spend time with him, get to know him, Netflix and Chill with himJ Ain’t nothing wrong with kicking it with the opposite sex…respect your space…set your boundaries….but be an adult about all of that. Have a crush, get you a kiss, hold hands, go to movies…throw on some Xscape and Just Kick It! YOLO! LOL!
Save Some Money
I have decided that I will purchase gift cards each month leading into the holiday season, but I need my NEST EGG to be back where it used to be. Don’t get caught up in helping others (the parentals are not included) that you tell yourself NO. I used to be able to have a few thousands in my savings but when you HELP someone too often you end HURTING yourself. I don’t know anything about 501ks, stocks, bonds, cd’s…so that is going to be my next INVESTMENT… I need my duckets lined up in a row. My teacher retirement is one thing but the way my mind set up… Give Me More! I’m trying to save enough for all of those rainy days…besides by the time my rays of sunshine (Lil Phil and Pressy) go on to college, I’ll be paying out of pocket! Jesus Fix It! I need and you need your savings to match your mortgage and car note for at least three months. I’m Just Saying!
Start Your Own Blog
Blogs are the new diary. Everybody can become Bridgette Jones. Yes everyone has one but what is the message in your blog? Crazily everyone is taking this blogging business haphazardly as I look around at people with profitable blogs. You may not be looking today to express your thoughts, share your life, or build your platform but you have something to say and share. I love my journey. I love my blog and the feedback I get from it lets me know that I am reaching further than I imagined. I am not really stuck on lifestyle, spirituality, or beauty…but now people are turning their personal interests into a business, and so should you.
Don’t Dwell on the Past
No one cares about your past unless you make it a reoccurring topic. You have to ask yourself how am I going to build a brighter future. Dwelling in the past does not propel your future. Jobs/careers are not always dreamy, relationships fail, and life is always a battlefield you just have to decide to have faith or stress about what you can’t control. Everyone has a past. Live for today and take nothing for granted because your life has already been designed, outlined, and determined. Because of my faith I am where I am supposed to be and I don’t REGRET a single thing. Let Go and Move On!
In this New Year, I will strike out like never before and accomplish more. I saw a meme that said it nice to see girls names on degrees rather than club flyers…check my resume…check my LinkenIn… these 7 Things You Should Do in 2017 will most definitely help me and YOU #BragDifferent