Warning: This may seem like an egotistical post, but I’m happy for where I am in life and am celebrating it the way I know how.
I haven’t written on this blog in a while, but it’s about time that I do. Today is the last day before I turn 29. It is the last day of my 28th year of life and I have had an amazing time.
Here are some things that I learned about the people around me and myself in the last year. Although it hasn’t always been easy, everything that I’ve been through has been well worth it for the outcomes and precious moments I have garnered. My life has been a piece of work all adding up to the now, to the present, to this moment in time. I’ve worked hard, made moves and have dared myself to be as individualistic and powerful as I know I am, making waves in my life and helping others to do the same.
- Surround yourself with people you want to be like. I didn’t realize how much I wasn’t doing this until this past summer when I surrounded myself with geniuses in their own right. I began my incredible friendship with Adrian, who gave me the opportunity to have a hand in his amazing project TheMillennial.Be. I made it a purposeful mission to be friends with Ricardo, a fantastic artist who is nothing but love, consideration and kindness that I needed. My relationship with Libby became stronger, and as an independent, intelligent, creative woman, I found that she was as encouraging and honest, two things that I wanted around me always. It doesn’t stop with these three, at all. There are plenty more of you out there.
- Learn from the decisions you make. Whether they are good or bad, big or small, everything I did in my last year I learned from. I decided to quit my job and start Pícaro Media with my friends, a company that was geared to people like us. Not only did I learn what it took to start a business, but I also learned confidence in what I knew from a business perspective. I learned that my ideas were of greater value than I thought and that nothing was wrong with taking chances. The worst they could tell you is “no.” I learned what it was like to live without health insurance which only deepened my knowledge about what it’s like for people to deal with diabetes without a support system that I had had all my life. I learned how to work for myself and I didn’t mind. I still don’t.
- I’m ridiculously creative. The artists that I’ve surrounded myself with this past year had a great deal to do with that. This was my artistic year. The genuine ability to create and dish out ideas, feel inspired and motivated by them and executing it all gives me a high like no other. Thank you to the visual artists, actors, writers and musicians who surround me. You make my life awesome.
- I found my self worth. Not that it was hiding anywhere, but it became apparent to me starting about two years ago just how valuable I really am. I know what I can do and I am proud of my talents, successes and accomplishments. No one can take that away from me.
- I can make anything in my mind become a reality. From Clique to self-assigned writing assignments to making ends meet when no income was coming through the door to the EXPO Collective, I’ve made many things happen and have gained a lot of experience from it that is only going to catapult me into dream land.
- I have never been more motivated to give back and help others like I’ve been this past year. I’ve really learned to take care of myself and have been happier for it. My girl Celina has always been on top of me to take care of myself and look out for numero una. Now that I’ve come to know who I am and look out for myself, I’m strong enough to help others in whatever way I can. From speaking at GED classes, to being a mentor to younger individuals, answering questions, being a role model and helping people find their way is an amazing reward.
- Relationships are everything. From finding a new job to having people reciprocate the love I have for them, relationships are the pieces to the puzzle that are most important. I’ve realized this more than ever and I know that I have to listen to people instead of assuming I know what’s going on inside. I wouldn’t be where I am or have the amazing life I have without the relationships that I’ve built throughout the years.
- I will never again apologize for my happiness. Who I am is who I am. It took me 28 years to get where I am and I’m so grateful for everyone and everything I encountered. A certain special someone has reminded me repeatedly that though my cheery and hyper side can get annoying, I should never apologize for being happy.
- God is the Universe and the Universe is God. That’s it.
Although I have been working on each of these things for a while, it all came to fruition this past year. I’ve grown a ton, met amazing people and have truly found my happiness. I thank you all for being in my life and for allowing me to be part of yours.
Let’s continue this ride together and making it happen, amigos!
Con mucho amor y cariño,