We're in the second week in the new year, and it's still surreal to me 2019 is here. As a surprise for Christmas I received a planner that I saw in the Target Dollar Spot. I stopped using planners a few years ago because I started feeling too organized.
Let me explain, having anxiety is a challenge for me, and to plan out almost every little detail actually causes me feel anxiety. Typically I'm a very organized person, but as I age I'm learning to go with flow of things. Life isn't always going to go as planned. We have to make the best of things.
Word for 2019...
A word for the new year has become popular in recent years. I usually pick a word as well, but today I thought I'd share. My word for 2019 is Opportunity (Opportunities)...365 days full of different opportunities.
- Opportunities to start over.
- Opportunities to do something different
- Opportunities to work towards yours goals
- Opportunities to do good in the world
If you read my blog regularly, you already know that I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I have goals that I want to accomplish, and I strive to work on those goals. I try to make realistic deadlines.
Striving for Success
I'm always striving for success. All the hard work and dedication I put into the things I do aren't in vain. Anything worth having is worth working for. I'm not where I want to be, but that makes me work even harder and stay focused.
Getting back on track with exercising
By the end of last Summer I lost 17 pounds, and by Christmas I gain 8 pounds back lol. Don't you just hate all the yummy holiday food that adds pounds to your waistline?! It's ok though I'm getting back on track with walking and eating healthier. I find that walking and exercising helps with my anxiety. I plan on making more smoothies. Smoothie recipes are welcome!
Putting myself and well being first
I'm learning to do this more. As much as I care about others, sometimes I have to put myself first. It's not selfish to have self care and love yourself. My needs and well being are important too.
It's Okay to be Happy
Last year I mentioned that I decided to go back into counseling. Having depression and anxiety isn't always easy. There are still days that I feel everything is wrong, even though things are fine. Like I said it's been a struggle at times. Even though I'm dealing with mental health issues I've learned to be happy again. I have a small inner circle, but it's so important to associate with people that support you even though they may not fully understand what you're going through. If people don't love and support you, do yourself a huge favor and let them go.
Last year I tried to post at least 10 times a month (some months I posted more, some months I posted less) over the course of 5 years blogging, I think that I have a pretty good balance for editing and posting content on my blog. I have worked with some amazing brands, but I also love creating my own original content. I have so much in store for my blog this year!
Last but certainly not least, today is my mama's birthday! Happy Birthday to my beautiful and amazing Mama!! 🎊🎉🎁🍰💙 I love you so much and I hope you enjoy your birthday! 🎁💙
Here are some of my inspirational post from 2018
Happy 5th Blogiversary to Beauty and More by Pilar!
Surviving Domestic Violence: One Year Later
Reflections 2018/Almost 33 Years Old
January 2019 Posts
My Life in December 2018
My 33rd Birthday/Christmas 2018