Happy Friday, y'all! Today is an exciting day for me; it's my 26th birthday.
I know that most people set resolutions for the year on January 1, and I do that too, but I also set a resolution every year on my birthday. Starting a new year is hard. In my world, I'm still wrapping up the previous year while kicking off things for the new year, at work, at home, in my community involvement, and on this blog. The first six weeks of the year start to feel like a blur, so I use my birthday as a day of reflection and time to really think about what I want to work on between this birthday and the next one. 25 was the year of owning it. 26 will be the year of relationships.
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I'm happy to report that last year, I did in fact own it. I owned the good parts of my life, the bad parts of my life, the messy parts of my life, the challenging parts of my life, and the new parts of my life. I'm not saying I was always successful (because I totally wasn't), but by "owning" my life, I grew so much as a person. I stopped apologizing for being me. I presented my ideas as statements instead of questions. Last year feels like I went through five years of growth. How am I only turning 26 after that?!
I learned to travel alone. I learned to cook actual meals. I learned about politics and policy. I learned about art. I learned about the industry that I work in. I learned about fundraising and leadership. I learned about self-care and letting my body rest. I learned how to use a curling wand and a Beauty Blender.
But in the midst of all of that learning, I didn't spend much time focusing on the relationships in my life. In fact, I really sucked at it. I realized that I knew a lot of people, but how many of them did I truly know? I knew their faces, but I didn't know their stories.
My goal for the next 365 days is to focus on relationships. I want to cultivate the relationships that are currently in my life and build new ones along the way. And I hope that when the time comes to end toxic friendships and relationships that are plagued with negative energy, I'll have the strength to do so.
If you have any tips for me on how to be better at this, please send them my way! And thanks for your continuous love and support. I'm more blessed than I deserve, and that has been overwhelmingly apparent for the past 24 hours.
(And if you want to follow along with the birthday celebrations today and this weekend while I'm in Nashville, be sure to follow along on Snapchat. username: seersuckersass)