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As I celebrate my 28th birthday today, July 10th — where are my fellow cancer peeps at?! — I thought it would be nice to write a little self-care reflection on my personal goals and birthday wishes for the upcoming year.
Since the big 3-0 is just around the corner, I would like to see if I can hit these goals in my 20s before I turn 30.
Before we get into it, I just want to say a very happy birthday to muawhhh. I also want to let myself know that I am amazing, I am talented, and I am truly loved because positive affirmations are all a part of that self-care ish.
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As I anticipate what’s to come in the year 28, 27 was a year of many lessons in my life. I learned a lot about myself and my relationships with other people.
I lost myself and then I found my new self. A self that is stronger, wiser, better, and more human. After being tested with family life, work-life, church life, and personal life, I feel more equipped to handle more challenges thrown my way.
With all of the lessons learned, it has made me realize that I deserve so much more out of life than what I give myself credit for. After all, we are only promised today so we have to do everything that we can to live in the present moment.
That is why I need to start living for myself and no one else. By the time (God-willing, of course) year 30 rolls around, I would love to have conquered these goals below.
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To be fair, I feel as though I’m doing this right now. Recently about a month ago, I got a head start on this because I decided to get really serious about this blogging thing and I’m now working on building it up so I can do this full-time.
After graduating with a Master’s degree last fall and working in the corporate world for lord knows how long now, I can honestly say that I am so over sacrificing my dreams for others.
Now, I want to take the realms into my own hands and do my own thing. When I’m not suffering from writer’s block, I really enjoy writing, learning all that I can about this blogging world, being social online — the blogging community is great! — and embracing the different ways of making money with a blog.
I also enjoy creating pins like the one below, finding blog post ideas, and writing pieces that I think will help others and bring solutions to things I have also dealt with in my life. Additionally, I like that I don’t have to use much of my extroverted side in this biz because I prefer to let my introverted side take the lead.
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Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things that kinda bug me about blogging though. Sometimes feeling alone in this journey, having to be my own motivator, procrastinating, getting writer’s block, sifting through ample amounts of information that’s out there about blogging, and — let’s not forget, my personal fav — the technical side that comes with blogging!
Other than that, the positives always seem to outweigh the negatives.
To me, reinventing yourself means being open to change/growth and always finding new things about who you truly want to be in this world. So with that being said, I think I’ve found the one, mom! Lol but no really, I feel like I’ve found my rhythm in this blogging game and I just need to keep going.
So my goal before I hit 30, is to become a full-time blogger. Not a personal blogger, not a hobby blogger, not a side-chick blogger, but a full-time blogger. Can I do this?! I think I can.
With the way things are going right now, I don’t know when it’ll be safe to travel again. Nevertheless, I have a list of places I would love to visit and experience their culture/food someday. I am a big foodie and I love trying new things, especially when it comes to desserts and seafood. Gosh, I can go on and on about delicious food, but I won’t — at least not yet!
Anyways, back to traveling! Traveling exposes you to so many different, unique, and beautiful cultures that surprises and enlightens your sense of thought. As part of my self-care practice, I think traveling is one of the finest ways to improve your emotional health by being open, accepting new experiences, and being empathetic towards others.
I would love to travel solo to Japan, France, Italy, London, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, Egypt, Pakistan, and Isreal. There is more to add to the list but those are the main ones I got so far.
Really, I just want to travel more. period. With or without people. So, one of my goals would definitely be to do more of that in the coming years.
Find a Therapist/Mentor
I’ve noticed that my mind sometimes gets out of whack with overthinking. So, to help my mental health, I would like to see a therapist and talk through some of the issues I have or have been dealing with in the past.
I should have seen a therapist last year amidst all of the total chaos that was happening around me, but I didn’t know where to start. So in this new year, I will figure that out.
I also want to find a blog mentor or coach that will help me stay motivated and keep me on track to making this full-time blog thing a real-life thing.
Let Go & Be Happy
Since the year 27 was very serious for me, I’m on a mission to be the happiest chica I can be. I’m going to start by removing all negativity from my personal circle as much as possible.
This year, I deserve happiness. So to make that happen, if that means going to the beach every other month during the summer — I’m doing it! Orrr drinking more apple juice just because it makes me happy — I’m doing it! Or even if it means sitting up on a rooftop just because, then heck — I’ve already got a head start on that!
Create/Write in an Emotional Journal
The hunt to find the perfect emotional journal is on! This year, I think I might just create one instead. I’m completely aware that I still have a lot of emotions inside of me that (at times) need to be processed carefully. I don’t want to get to a point where all of the emotions inside get bottled up with nowhere to go.
So this year, it’s my mission to continue working on my emotions and figure out why I feel the way that I do sometimes.
I believe an emotional journal will be the first product I’ll create. I want to make sure it provides enough value for me and anyone else who wants to use it.
So, if you’re like me and you struggle with emotions and want to see when I launch this emotional journal, please subscribe to my blog down below and you’ll be the first to know!
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Learn a New Skill or Language
Along with reinventing yourself, learning a new skill is very necessary. I’m always eager to learn something new so that I can have another skill under my belt.
I might just have to teach myself some Japanese or French before traveling solo lol. I also never learned to swim, so maybe I’ll take on some swimming lessons with the homies.
Take an Art Therapy Class
I really want to get back to my first love of art. Specifically, charcoal drawing. This form of art allows me to block out all background noise and focus on one thing. I want to start an art series or take an art class that helps me feel absolutely free in creative thought.
Good vs. Evil
So my goal before 30, is to join a charcoal drawing class.
I just hope it’s not super expensive!
Master Cooking 5 Dishes
Cooking has become one of my favorite self-care activities to do when I’m feeling stressed or overworked. Whenever I cook, I feel super calm and fully at peace.
So far, I can only cook breakfast foods like oatmeal, eggs, waffles, pancakes, bacon, and dinner foods like rice, spaghetti, a mean stew sauce, chicken, fish, greens, and a whole thanksgiving meal. But this year (or before 30), I want to memorize and master five new staple dishes to add to my cooking roster.
Pay off Student Loans
Ugh this has been my forever goal since graduating from college. I didn’t get serious about paying off my loans until the beginning of this January. Now, I want to keep this momentum going and get rid of all of the student loans that I have. Interestingly enough, this is the only amount of debt I have to my name, so I think it’s a doable goal, right? I surely hope so!
Now Let’s Discuss:
Did you reach year 30 yet? If so, what advice do you have for things to do before your 30s?
If you are not 30 yet, what do you look forward to in your 30s?