As I sit here on my 26th birthday, I can’t help but reflect on the last couple years. How things have changed and how much life seems to have a mind of its own.
Every day, I choose to live with intention. Growing up all I wanted was to make a difference in the world, to know that I impacted your everyday life. While at first I wanted to be a lawyer, it was quickly noted that I would potentially have to defend the guilty, something I was not ok with. Eventually I decided to become an architectural engineer, specifically in the days following September 11, 2001. I wanted to know if it was possible to design a structure that could have withstood the impact – and I wanted to make it a reality.
What I didn’t realize was that although this was an incredible dream, it wasn’t truly on my heart. The idea of it sounded great but the “real world” is much different than you ever truly expect don’t you think?
I still took my degree to the construction field but in an area I felt made more sense. Being an engineer meant sitting at a desk and unfortunately I am way too hands-on for that. So I became a Project Manager and have been at the heart of the build ever since.
So why am I telling you all this? Isn’t this a healthy lifestyle blog? Don’t worry, I’m getting to that ;)
Throughout this journey of finding my “career”, I struggled. I struggled a lot actually. With my health, with my weight, with my happiness. But that’s life isn’t it? Well there came a point when I wasn’t willing to settle anymore and I decided to make a change. A change for the better and one that would bring me to you here today. As my mom said to a friend the other day, of her daughters she definitely thought I was the least likely to start a food blog ;)
Gee, thanks mom! Just kidding, you were right – I never would have thought it myself until a year ago!
But something in me had changed. I can’t tell you it’s been easy, I can’t tell you there haven’t been setbacks. But what I can tell you is it has been worth it and I wouldn’t change this journey for the world.
While I always thought my impact on the world would be in the form of something structural, something physical, I’ve realized that our dreams are constantly evolving and changing. Our plan for our lives may not be “on track” with where we thought it was going in years previous – and that’s ok!
More than ever, it’s when I get messages like this one, that make me realize I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I should be doing. If I had not said yes to being a health and fitness coach less than a year ago, I know I wouldn’t be saying the same thing:
Knowing a friend saw that in me, a friend who has mostly known me through social media no less, only reaffirmed what I have been feeling.
Life is full of surprises, twists, and turns. That doesn’t mean those things aren’t constantly molding and creating you. The challenges we face, the changes that take place, they are only setting you up for bigger and better things.
A healthy lifestyle is about so much more than what you eat and getting active. It’s about a mindset. A positive thought. A step towards a big dream.