My plans to #GetGutsy in 2015

A lot of things and decisions I’ve made in my life have revolved around someone else. Choosing to go to WCU because my high school boyfriend/first true love wanted me to (huge mistake, do not do this), trying to rush a sorority because that’s what “I’m supposed to do,” choosing a job because so and so… and evening moving to Connecticut so I wouldn’t have to do long distance with my boyfriend, Jarrett. The list goes on.

Did I make the final decision? Yes. Are those things on me? Yes.

Getting Gusty

This year I’ve finally decided to start making decisions for myself. At 25 years old… it’s about damn time. I want this year to be for me and about me. It’s not selfish. I will do things I want to do and I will live fearlessly this year (read more about my words for 2015 here). To me, getting gutsy means letting go of my fears and doubts and not being afraid to go after what I really want. Confidence is beautiful and I want to embody that every single day.

So what am I doing this year?

I’m going to go live in Spain for 4-5 weeks starting in June! This is the first time I’ve really announced it, but it’s happening! I’ll be doing an au pair program so I’ll be helping a family with kids and I’ll be teaching English! I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this. I REALLY miss traveling and giving back in my own way. This will be the first time I’ve traveled anywhere extensively by myself and it’s going to be quite an adventure.

I’m looking forward to really spending time by myself and for myself. This will be for me and it’s going to be crazy! It may be a quarter-life crisis…. but I’m okay with it. More details to come later once I’ve ironed everything out.

What else will be going on?

My plans this year also include to get more tone and healthy. I want to get back in shape and really take care of myself. It’s more important now than ever. I need to continue to build my motivation and stamina, something I’m focused on now. I’m going to the gym at least 2-3 times a week and plan to start yoga soon too! I know this will all help improve my daily live, my motivation, my confidence, my energy and my health.

This is all a part of my plan to improve myself for me this year! This is all for me and by me. I’m really proud of myself for taking these steps and acknowledging what I need and want to do.

So here’s to 2015 and getting gusty this year!


Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy. This post is my entry for Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details and download a free copy of the inspiring Get Gutsy ebook.

Three words for 2015

STARTI don’t really make new year’s resolutions anymore as I want and need to stay focused on the big picture this year. Many things will change and happen throughout this year, and I feel more ready than ever to take them on. Thank you to Jessica Lawlor for inspiring me to do this last year and this year.

For 2014 my words were: simplify, intention and calm. I even made a Pinterest board around these words.

Words I would like to focus on this year and guide me through 2015:

1. Fearless. I know I need and want a few big changes to come this year, I just have to allow myself to let go of my fears and doubts and go after what I want. Sometimes I am afraid of change and taking risks as they haven’t always panned out in the past, but I don’t want those reminders to hinder me from taking other risks and really going after what I want to do. I want to believe in myself more and erase doubts. This plays into my next word.

2. Strength. I want to focus on this word in two ways: metal strength and physical strength. If you’ve read any of my past posts, you may know that I struggle with anxiety and occasional depression. What depression means for me is sometimes I fully doubt everything about myself, I lose motivation and I seclude myself. I’ve always been a very anxious person, but, thanks to my new therapist and psychiatrist I met last year, things are starting to get much better. I also want to focus on physical strength. What this means for me is losing body fat and gaining more muscle. I want to tone up, decrease my cholesterol and eat more healthy, focused foods.

3. Efficient. Similar to my word intention last year, I chose the word efficient for 2015 because I want to spend and save my time and money efficiently. Intention is one of my favorite words and I live by it daily, but I wanted to add efficient this year to go hand-in-hand with being intentional. Shopping is one of my favorite things to do, but I need to save more this year and not spend so much on trivial things and things I don’t really need. I also need to spend my time more efficiently. I want to focus my time on things and people that really matter instead of wasting time on things and projects I don’t feel fully connected to. In sum: I want to spend time and money on people, friends, causes and jobs I truly value.

So cheers to 2015, I know with a clear and focused outlook on this year that it will be better than 2014. Thank you to everyone who empowers me, strengthens me and keeps me focused!