If you’re anything like myself, change can be terrifying. All of that uncertainty? All of that unfamiliarity? The butterflies in my stomach tell me that I ain’t about that life! But, I can tell you what life I am about — a better life. A life where I feel like I’m growing and progressing and learning. While change scares me, it’s unavoidable. The adventure that is life is filled with twists and turns and surprises. The important thing is to not worry too much about what you don’t have much control over and focus on what you do have control over. Your decisions can help shape the course of your life so choose wisely.
I love when a month starts when the new week begins. Mondays are my favorite, not because I like to root for the underdog, but because they represent new chances. New beginnings. And sometimes, new is just what we need. This Monday doesn’t just mark the beginning of a new week or month but also the beginning of the last half of 2013. Without getting into too much detail, the first half of 2013 was not my favorite. My personal life was undergoing major transitions, emotionally I was all over the place, and then there was that time that I had a pretty bad accident that just made everything I was already struggling with even seemingly worse. But there’s always a silver lining and I’ve been learning to find the little blessings that have cleverly been hidden by the Universe underneath all the not so pretty things and we’ll discuss those things at a later time. For now, I want to share a few things I’m changing about my life.
1. A Body in Motion Stays in Motion
Taken from my instagram.
Working out was something I started to learn to enjoy a few months ago. And then the accident happened and I couldn’t work out for at least another month and a half, and even by then I didn’t feel so ready. I know what you’re thinking: what does breaking your nose have to do with exercise? Well, on the one hand your body is working overtime to heal so you feel much more tired. Walking for just 20 minutes left me winded! Swelling also made breathing more difficult and the worst part was the pressure you’d feel with the slightest bit of exertion. Now, I’m feeling much better and have started over again with my exercise and have been loving it. I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m mostly doing it because it helps me focus and gives me much more energy. Exercise is also a great mood-booster.
Good for you and the people around you! 😉
2. Treat Every Day as if it’s Your First
I have been on YouTube for 4 years. That’s the same amount of time people spend in high school or in college! Well, I feel like it’s time I’ve graduated out of the rut I was in for the past year. I hate to bring up the accident again but it has affected so many aspects of my life in a positive way. Not being able to film videos for almost 2 months nearly drove me insane. It made me fall back in love with making videos in the same way I did when I first started making them back when I was 19. I’m always working on videos everyday. Unfortunately, I’ve been filming and experimenting more than I’ve been editing but I’m working on it. I’m enjoying the process and have a brand new appreciation for it and a brand new vision of what I want my channel to be. If you’ve lost interest in something you once loved, ask yourself, “How would I feel if I couldn’t do this ever again?” If you believe you’d go nuts, it’s time to take another whack at it and dive in deeper.
3. Challenge Yourself to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone by Getting Comfortable With Yourself
“Be authentic,” is said at every blogging, vlogging, social media, etc. seminar everywhere. But, it’s worth stressing. For the longest time, people who knew me in real life or would get to know me in real life would always tell me how different I am in my videos. Well, it’s finally gotten to me. I’m not saying I have been inauthentic or fake, but I have been holding back. My personality is colorful as hell and I’m challenging myself to share it with my viewers in new ways. Long story short, expect to see more than just beauty videos from me this month.
Have any plans for how you’re going to make this last half of 2013 better or even want any advice? Tweet me @jessicaharlow!