Girl, the world is at your fingertips

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I wish I had known this fact some odd years ago. The world is literally at my fingertips. What I mean by that is this.. The only difference between the people out there killin’ it and myself, is how I decide to spend my free time.

One day I got to thinking about how many resources are available to me. This little guilty feeling crept over me. Oh how much time I have wasted doing nothing for myself, not taking advantage of the world. I wanted desperately at that moment to get out there and just start killing it (translation-maximize my days).

I asked myself one simple question—What are you passionate about? I have no idea. How am I 24 years old and I still don’t know what I’m passionate about? It’s like I don’t even know myself. Wait one minute… when I was young, I absolutely loved reading and writing. Oh snaps, maybe I still do! Here is a thought, remember those resources I was talking about a second ago? Libraries are free, hello. Im like wake up Erin—free knowledge.

 

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So where do I start? Hmmm, well I want to learn about myself, life, etc. I want to know grow as a person.. maybe I even want to be my own boss someday? The possibilities are endless. Ok I admit it, so I don’t exactly know—but I do know I want to learn.

My mind races like this all day every day, from thought to thought lighting fast. My mind always racing full of creative ideas can be super annoying at times, but it has always been this way. Maybe I should start using this to my advantage. I’m going to play my strengths here and capitalize on that. Then I realized I needed to start putting said thoughts down on paper, or in my case—notes on iPhone.

First step, library card.

Step two, check out my first book. Literally so exciting to get out there and start taking steps toward bettering yourself. Insert “nerd” emoji here. I liked reading at one point in my life, but lost the passion along the way. It’s funny how your greatest weakness (mind racing, full of ideas) can be converted into your strength. Hey, it’s all about perspective.

I love that I was able to reconnect with my passions from when I was a kid. Why do we lose some of our hope and excitement when we get older? Who knows. I’m just glad I found it again. All it really took was to really think deep about the title of this blog! The way I see it, everyone has the same opportunity. Use your potential, its yours to own. Now, get out there and start killin’ it, girl.

 

 

-E

You don’t look good in hats, Sincerely your inner critic.

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So your head is too small to wear hats, it looks silly—you look silly. Wait one minute—who are you to tell me what looks good on me?! You’re me & I want to wear a hat! Alright, alright enough talking to myself. This little voice is in my head ALL the time, whether I want to admit it or not. Now that I acknowledge its existence, I will choose to ignore it. This was me on a random day at target.

I had convinced myself for a long time that I would never look good in hats, and I accepted this as the rule of thumb. So back to being in target—I decided maybe it’s all in my head. Maybe I DO look good in hats. I made an executive decision to try this nice, beautiful and flowy hat on. To my surprise, OMG it looks A-OK! Actually, it looks great on me! I couldn’t believe it. All this time spent not wearing hats because my inner critic told me they weren’t for me. It also helped that the nice lady standing next to me was like “BUY it, looks great on you!” It felt undeniably good to hear it out loud from someone else. And maybe it wasn’t even that it looked great on me, maybe it was the confidence that I wore with it. Self love makes everyone look good.

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Anything you wear, you should own it. Own that shit like a boss. Which reminds me—a few years ago, I did not know how to take a compliment. Legit someone would be like “Your shoes are so cute!” I would reply with “Yea I got them on sale” or “Oh yea, I have had them a while.” What are you saying right now? LOL. Just say thank you… It’s like I was afraid to come off as too cocky or something. Problem was, instead of coming off cocky, I was coming off as an unconfident and overly polite human. Yes I know it makes zero sense. Am I the only one who thinks this way? The struggles of being a girl. I sometimes still have to make a conscious effort to say THANK YOU, rather than some other weird and awkward response.

Moral of the story, don’t let your inner critic control your life because of fear—fear of looking silly, fear of judgment, fear of whatever else you are afraid of. Fear is a nasty & paralyzing feeling. You run your life, not that nasty voice inside your head.

-E