Nearly Two Years Ago…

For the better part of two years I have had this blog. There are some bits of sensitive information about me that are written here as well as some lessons I have learned. However, like every other human being, I am imperfect. This is a post about my goals that I have competed, failed, and those that remain unclear. In good form, I’ll start with the negative!

The Failures

I haven’t kept up my blog. It isn’t that I haven’t been able to, looking back on an average day I waste hours doing nothing constructive. I work, but I don’t work so much I can’t crank out a few sentences. I go to school, but I don’t go for so long that I can’t read my subscriptions. This is a character flaw, one that I am still struggling to overcome.

I haven’t kept up my physical fitness. I joined a gym at the end of spring called Fitness USA. I went regularly and even got a personal trainer there for nearly three months. At that point, this particular location shut down and I was transferred to another gym. Since then I haven’t had the motivation to use this new place near as much. This is me being a baby. There is no excuse. I will work to correct this immediately.

The Success

So far I have stayed in school for what is just over a full year now. I have been working to help pay for college as well as using my loans. This is something I had never seen myself doing until just a year ago. I’m proud of myself no matter how horrible of a student I am. I am succeeding and getting on track.

I have also kept my friends close. While some have moved away for the time being, we always make best of what time we have together. My group of friends is close knit and I am all too thankful for this, we have helped each other so much over the years. While I have let some get distanced, I don’t plan to keep it like that. Everyone is important to me and I won’t let go.

What About This Unclear Business?

Oh I’ll let you know about this business. While I have been at work in college, I still can’t decide between two career choices. The side of me I don’t like so much keeps pushing for a license in nursing. This is a logical decision as the nursing field would treat me with preference, I’d be working with lots of women (smileyface), and the money would be much better.

However, what I truly feel I would enjoy and appreciate is social work. One thing that has always stuck with me since I was a teen is that I want to give back. I want to be able to help people, children in particular. While these times are possibly the most confusing and hardest for any child, there are some that have truly desperate situations. I want to be able to help. Every time I battle this in my head social work comes out on top. I need to make the change now. This is a struggle for many people.

“Am I supposed to work to make a living?”

“Is the money truly worth it?”

“How would I live off of such a low salary?”

Actually, writing it out is therapeutic because I feel that this next statement truly shows what I feel. I never thought of this before but what if…

“I enjoy what I do regardless of money. I help other people enjoy their lives. I don’t live off of the money I make, I live off of the joy I create. I work for the people.”

That’s what I hear inside me.

Until next time.

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Take a Vacation

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In everyday life, there are highs and there are lows. There are things we must do in order to progress, people we must talk to and goals to achieve. Whether we are happy with our lives or not, these things each day become routine, and stress does build up, be it slowly or quickly. It is for this reason that there are things we do to get away from all of it, the reason we shouldn’t work 24/7. This is when we take breaks, or more specifically vacations.

It is this skip in our routine that leaves us refreshed, we get to be with those whom we choose to be with and are not forced to be with. We get to do things that we don’t on a day to day basis, or in turn focus more on that which there just isn’t enough time for; i.e. relaxing. It has the ability to remove the excess stress, open new doors, allow you to try new things or maybe even change your life.

This is just your friendly little reminder to allow yourself to breathe, live out of your ordinary when the opportunity arises. Whether you are a homebody or an adventurer, a full time worker or a full time student, it is important to take this refresher from time to time. They say the worst part of a vacation is coming back, and to that I say live for yourself and love your life.

Money, Life… Just be happy.

There are a few things about our style of living that makes work or our job rather important. Some of us grew up being more dependent on things like computers, cable TV or anything that is much more luxurious rather than necessary.

It is things like these that cost money that make us think, “I need to make more money.” By no means is money itself a bad thing either; it just doesn’t measure our success or happiness in the least bit. A lot of people get confused right there. Now, I’m not trying to speak for everyone in my generation but a lot of us seem to be growing up, being told that our success will be measured by a good, high paying job that we can support our family with. Coupled with the constant pressure of higher learning and the need to keep up with our latest technological advancement, this is a lot of pressure that keeps shaping our minds as we grow up.

I see around me people taking it to the extreme, where money is what we believe we actually need. The need however, is balance. We need to be able to support ourselves, and if we choose to start a family, it would be nice to be able to support them as well. This isn’t always possible though, which isn’t always bad because it is a partnership, and partners help each other.

Money is an indicator of nothing. It is a tool, and a tool is only meant to help. Money is the same as a hammer, but you don’t see people going around collecting all the hammers and proclaiming to the world “BAHAHAHA, I AM ALMIGHTY AND EXTREMELY SATISFIED WITH MY VAST AMOUNTS OF HAMMERS PEONS, BOW BEFORE ME!” It is ludicrous, simple as that.

Many people have told me that if you are great at something, you can make money doing it. Sometimes you have to dirty your hands to be able to make things happen, and by sometimes I mean damn near every time. Being happy with what you do is possibly more important than being good at it though. Regardless of what you choose, your personal health cannot be jeopardized by it. Find the balance, you can live on much less and be much happier. If you can live on more while still being happy, then more power to you my friends.