This Is Your Year + What I’m Giving Up

Today my stress level plummeted down – in a good way. I knew that sooner or later I was going to find the right fit for me and I finally found a great company to work for who’s partnered with AT&T. I am so excited that I get to work with my best friend Roman. He’s pretty much my mentor and now colleague. Life just keeps putting us together somehow and I’m grateful.

I start on Monday and I seriously cannot wait because even though I’ve been doing Lyft, it will be nice to be busy again with a main job. My second week I’m going to fly out to Mobile, Alabama to visit the company’s headquarters and that’s SO EXCITING! I’ve never flown on a company trip so I’m really pumped.

Because these last few weeks I was job hunting, I had little time to devote to my blog. But now that things are falling into place I hope to be able to start creating more and get back to normal.

In the meantime I’ll share what I’ve been up to. Things I’m giving up, trying out to help me be a better ME.

Recently I…

Gave up bread (mainly carbs). I have wheat thin multi grain skinny bagels as an exception but for the most part cutting out all bread.

Also gave up Dr. Pepper. I had a cheat meal earlier this week and indulged in said soda, but definitely cutting it out of my diet.

Took off my fake nails. This was a huge thing for me because I’ve gotten so used to having fake nails. Who knows, by Valentine’s Day I may cave and get a brand new set.

Here’s what they look like now – except as of last night I took off the gel so they are bald AF.

Started using non flavored gelatin (in my coffee). Apparently, gelatin produces collagen which helps you with hair, skin, nails, digestion and bone joints. That’s perfect for me because I need all of the above plus my knee has been bothering me the last few months and I think it’s due to my weight gain.

Got a Happy Planner (pictured above) to be organized. I’m sure I’ll make good use of it especially now with this new job.

Ordered groceries online. Never thought I would do that, but the offer was too good to pass up. I’ll blog about it in more detail on an upcoming post.

Sharing an old photo from 4 years ago, my how TIME FLIES.

This was me at my last apartment I had back in 2014. That’s when blog t-shirts and blog coffee cups started becoming a trend. I never posted this picture online because I was self conscious of the way I looked. Growing into the person I am now, I’m proud of this picture and who I was back then.

Learning that I’m not a failure. OK, we’re about to get a little deep. While I was doing Lyft this week, I always strive to strike up a conversation with all my riders. One thing I realized while I was talking to a UT student was that it’s okay that I am where I am today – trying to solidify a career, in between apartments, striving to get settled in a new city. I’m thankful that I got my education in my 20’s, graduated with my degree and was living on my own for a decade.

Now that I’m going through these growing pains, at least I have my degree to get my foot in the door with the jobs that I aspire to work for. At least I have a lot of work experience under my belt and I get to live in the most amazing city (in Texas may I add). Just thinking that if I had gone through the growing pains in my 20’s, I wouldn’t have been able to finish school. Back then I was working part time and going to school full time. I didn’t even have any roommates! and I was proud of that. Somehow, I was able to still pay all my bills and keep up with my car note. That’s outstanding.

But there were some mistakes made that I’m facing the repercussions years later and it all resulted in losing my apartment, my car (got a repo twice) and I started to realize that Dallas no longer served me. The job market out there is tough as nails. One of my good friends is still unemployed since September! Here in Austin, I managed to find a job within less than a month. Thank God!

I feel like this week it all clicked for me and I learned to not be so hard on myself and that it’s ok! Everyone struggles and those who say they don’t, they do. I’m just more open about what’s going on with me because that’s a part of who I am.

So what are you giving up, trying out to become a better you?