To The Person I Was A Year Ago

To The Person I Was A Year Ago

Anything you want to be in a year from now is possible.


Have you ever wondered what your life will be like in a year from today? Honestly, I'm sure everyone has experienced this question in their mind at some point.

It is a little hard to think about what you will be doing a year from today at this time. Lots can happen. Lots can change. Lots can progress or regress.

I want you to set a list of goals at this very minute. One list should include short-term goals and one list should include long-term goals. You will 110% look back and be grateful you made these lists.

In life, when we want to progress, we need to stay organized with our thoughts and goals. We need to set these goals as a stepping stone towards something. Whether you achieve different goals, change your plans, or even regress, these goals create a foundation.

I believe it is vital to your success if you reach for more than you think you can achieve. It is always good to push yourself each and every day.

A year ago today, I was not happy with who I was. I was not happy with different aspects of my life, and I never thought I would get away from it. I was caught in this revolving circle that was unhealthy. Whether it included relationships, academics, friendships, or jobs, I was not smiling like I normally did. I had that moment where I said to myself, "How do I fix this? Will I feel this way a year from now?"

I sat down staring out my window with a baby blue journal, unable to start a sentence. What did I need to write down? Would writing anything down help me? I had so many thoughts bouncing around my mind like a race car riding around the track.

I was unsure of my next plan.

I made my short-term list, then eventually my long. This journal sat and sat. It traveled from New Jersey to Penn State, and then back.

Time flew by. I am now sitting here reading that baby blue journal that is sitting solely on my desk. It worked.

No one in this world is perfect, the lists are not magical, but I am proud to say I am a totally different person than I was a year ago. This baby blue journal, the post-it notes I added to my bathroom mirror, and these lists made everything possible. When you set goals for the future and strive to change, whether it may be small or big, long or short, you can achieve it! I believe in you.

If there is one piece of information I would like to share, I would say to get your own journal, sit down and stare out a window, think about where you want to be a year from now. It takes time and patience, but you will get there.

Take it from me. Good luck!

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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