I recently came across an article that discussed the importance of finding time to have fun and be joyful while you are working towards your goals, not just when they have been accomplished. This ignited a whole lot of personal reflection.
Our society is driven on constantly reaching the next goal. Often, we are striving for multiple accomplishments at once. Because of this, it is entirely possible to forget to live in the moment instead of always planning for what will happen “after I (fill in the blank).”
As a self-motivated, passionate, and driven person, I can honestly say that goal-setting is thrilling, challenging, and addictive. For me, goals are something that are always on my mind. In general, I have an overactive thought process; I have to remind myself to slow down and live in the moment.
Almost ten years ago, I made the most bold decision of my life when I uprooted my life to move from Arizona to New York City. Ever since then, I have been buzzing through a forward momentum of realizing and following my dreams. After my transition to NYC, the next substantial decision I made was to finally commit to enrolling in college in my early thirties. That is when my life truly started to completely transform.
Everything hit me full circle just the other day as I took a walk through my brand new neighborhood. I ended up at a Whole Foods location that I had shopped in 4 years prior on my first visit to Portland. Back then, I fell in love with the city and knew that it was where I wanted to move next. I remember how much I had admired the gorgeous neighborhood that I had stayed in during my visit. And here I am today, living in that very same neighborhood, a short walk from that very same store. I deeply believe that not only did I strive for that, I manifested it to life.
The last 4 years of college have been some of my most difficult, but the challenges have helped my grow in a magnitude of ways. I have certainly struggled with remembering to find the joy in my everyday struggles and successes along the way. And yes, now that I have graduated, my head and heart is still filled with thoughts of “what’s next?” But I am determined to stay present and remember where I came from, not just where I am going.
Because the truth is, all the places I have been and where I currently am, are a direct result of me honoring my own dreams. I wanted to live in NY and I made it happen. I wanted to get an education and I worked hard for it. I wanted a better future for myself and to work in a field that I am passionate about, and it is finally happening. I felt a pull to live in Oregon and I here I am. I was even lucky enough to find love along the way. Although I still have so much more to learn and a million new ways to grow, I am letting myself be vulnerable. I am finding happiness. I am here, still pushing myself to understand who I really am and what I need.
Here’s to finding the joy in every pursuit; throughout the discomfort, the awkward, the exhausting, the highs, the lows, the seemingly impossible, and everything in between.