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.
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.