Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why You Should Take Your Time When Carving Your Own Path

Why You Should Take Your Time in Carving Your Own Path

Now, I am by no means an expert with all the answers on how you should live your life. I can barely decide what I want for breakfast every morning let alone tell YOU how to spend your time, but I have been feeling quite strongly about this for a while and think my personal experiences may at the very least help one person.

From one millennial to another, I want to remind you of one thing: if you don't absolutely love your life currently, you can and should do something to change it.

Whether it's shifting your career, hitting the pause button on your current journey to travel, starting that side business about which you've been dreaming, moving to a new city (or country!), prioritizing which relationships are working for you, or taking a few steps back to regroup, you can do it. It's all possible.

Why You Should Take Your Time When Carving Your Own Path

No, I am not suggesting you do anything drastic or up and quit your job this second (unless, of course, you want to...). But I am asking you to erase those pictures others have drawn for you of how your journey "should" look or how much money you "need" to make in order to live your best life. Because, frankly, it's all BS.

Remember when we were pre-teens thinking about how our lives would look when we were in our twenties and thirties? HA. Yikes...

Very few of us can actually say our lives are exactly as our younger selves imagined they would be.

Because as you grow up you learn there is no one size fits all. If you're dying to be a successful entrepreneur, DO IT. If there's a travel bug inside you, TRAVEL. Do it while you're young and there is nothing holding you back.

Why You Should Take Your Time When Carving Your Own Path

Yesterday I was on the phone with a mentor of mine who reminded me exactly why I had taken the time to breathe this summer. "Haste makes waste," he told me.

BINGO! The pressure to find a job just to have one right out of school is REAL and pretending you have everything figured out the second you step foot in the wild (aka post-grad life) is IMPOSSIBLE.

Slow down. *What do you mean slow down? There's no time for that!* Coming from a girl who desperately needed a minute to slow down and did, you can! And you'll feel better if you do.

The last few months have been exactly what I needed — a growing experience in its own way. Though at times it has been a little boring compared to the fast-paced New York City lifestyle I was used to, it has helped me realize that by slowing things down, I have actually allowed happiness and success to catch up to me. Everything seems like it makes much more sense.

The fact is simple: you cannot make more time. What you do with that time is up to YOU and only you and if you don't have to rush, don't.

Because life is a journey not a race, so take the time to do what makes your soul happy.

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Why You Should Take Your Time When Carving Your Own Path

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  1. "Because life is a journey not a race, so take the time to do what makes your soul happy."

    This is wonderful, and so timely for me.
    I started blogging pretty much the second I graduated college, and I haven't really looked back. But my journey definitely doesn't look like everyone else's, and I'm still learning how to make peace with that.

    This helped. :)

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    1. Bria, your love on my blog posts always makes me smile! I am so happy you found this helpful! I am currently going through the same thing as you are. None of us have exactly the same path and it feels really weird when I see everyone else doing one thing and I'm over here doing another. But it's ok!! I'm learning that too :) Some days I'm more sure I'm doing the right thing than others, but it's a process!! You're doing amazing! Thanks so much for reading! xo

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  2. We each have a greater purpose and pursuing it is incredibly important!

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    1. Sooo true! Nobody's purpose is the same and you're absolutely right - finding that purpose/path and pursuing it is so incredibly important. Thanks for reading, D! xo

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  3. I love "haste makes waste" I had never heard that before. Slowing down is not easy sometimes, nice post.

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    1. It's a great quote, isn't it? When I was on the phone with my mentor and he said it, I immediately jotted it down! Just three short words that make SO much sense and inspired this post. Thanks for reading, Emily :) xo

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  4. It's so important to take your time when creating a vision for yourself!

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    1. YES!! You're so right! Thanks so much for reading, darling! xo

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  5. I work with young professionals on personal branding and you can't believe how often then come in and have no clue what they REALLY want. This is a great post, will definitely be sharing!

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    1. I believe it!! It's such a process figuring out exactly what it is you want, but that's ok!! The first step is really just recognizing you're not quite there yet. I know I'm not, but who really is anyway? HAHA! Thanks so much for reading and sharing, Jocelyn! xo

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  6. It is such a process for sure! Love this and especially the saying: Haste makes waste! Love and am going to use from now on. Thanks! :-)

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    1. Aw I'm so happy to hear! It really is a process and I'm learning that each day! An exciting one though!!! Thanks so much for reading, Amanda! xo

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  7. So true! I think my biggest missteps in life have happened because I was trying to live someone else's timeline for how my life should look! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Chelsea, exactly!! I think we all have those moments when we feel like we have to do something because we are "supposed to." Like because we followed a certain path, everyone's next steps are supposed to be the same. But realizing that this isn't necessarily true is really freeing and very exciting! :)

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  8. This was great. I loved your comments on shifting your life even if it means moving to a new city or country. Falling in love with your life as it is and where it is going is so important to being and feeling fulfilled.

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is so important and I'm thrilled to hear that so many of you agree! I never feel as though unhappiness is permanent - making small shifts/being comfortable with change, in my opinion, is key to maintaining happiness :)

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy you enjoyed! Thanks for reading and sharing, Summer! xo

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  10. Haste makes waste! What a good saying! I definitely can agree with that. I was so so happy with my life last year after I graduated college because it was less than perfect than I imagined before I graduated. Now I'm in grad school and I can't say that I absolutely love my life, but I'm working towards changing it! I think it's important to remember that these transitional times are temporary.

    -GG
    www.girlingamba.com

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    1. Aw I'm so happy you found the phrase helpful! Thank you so much for reading GG! I hope everything works out for you! I can only imagine how tough grad school is, but everything will fall into place exactly as it's supposed to :) And you're right, transitional times are exactly that. xo

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  11. Thank you for sharing :) It makes me realise that I've always been in a hurry and wanted to achieve many things at once cause I always afraid that I'll be running out of time. But I think you're right. I should've enjoy it too!

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    1. Aw, thank YOU for reading, Alifa! I definitely find myself rushing things sometimes because it's hard not to feel like we have so much to do in so little time. After college I began to realize that rushing things doesn't mean we are living. Sometimes it's better to take my time and fully enjoy it than to rush through for the sake of doing more. :)

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  12. YES!!! Slow down and fill yourself up with things that make you come alive! I love this so much!

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    1. Aw yay!! Thanks so much for reading, Meg! I'm so glad you love it!

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  13. Yes, yes, yes. It is so important to take time and not to rush from thing to thing. We need to center ourselves and deliberate pursue our path.

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    1. Exactly! It's so important! Thank you so much for reading, Bailey! xo

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    1. Such a short yet powerful phrase! It's so true. Thanks for reading, Jessica!

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  15. This is definitely an important message. As a recent college grad I feel like now we are definitely pushed to find our passion asap when it doesn't always work like that!

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    1. Agreed!! Not everyone knows exactly what they want right out of college and that's ok! And those who do don't always want it right away! Sometimes traveling first and/or relaxing for a summer is beneficial. Who is anyone to say what the "right" way is? Not me, that's for sure! Best of luck to you on your journey. If you happen to see this reply, I would love to hear where you went to school!

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