This is a couple of days past due….oops!
Thank you, everyone for the Birthday love. I don’t want to jinx it but I have a feeling 25 will be a great year.
Birthdays, anniversaries and milestones always make you think back to how much has changed since the previous one, don’t they? It is amazing what can transpire in 365 days.
Let’s flash back to my 24th birthday. I showed up to work [at my former job] to a desk full of cards and boxes. One of those cards was from my [then] employers and included a $1,000.00 gift card to Pier 1. Pretty generous, right? So naturally after work that day I swung by the store to take a look around. I wasn’t there more than a few minutes when I received a frantic text from a co-worker. There was yet another work emergency. I’d love to give you the juicy details because in retrospect they’re pretty entertaining but 1) I can’t and, 2) You wouldn’t believe me if I did.
Long story short I spent the next two hours working from my car in the parking lot of Pier 1 dealing with some of the most deplorable people and circumstances you could ever imagine. When the fire was finally out I shut my laptop, turned off my phone and thought to myself, “what the f*** is the point of a gift card if you can’t even find an hour to use it?!?” At that point in time I was already planning my exit from the company because instances like this one were becoming far too frequent. My health, sanity and relationships were suffering and for what? A fancy title and over-priced home decor?
I was never more confident in my decision to leave my job than in my car that day in the Pier 1 parking lot. Titles, money and objects mean NOTHING if you aren’t happy inside. And if you aren’t happy inside, YOU can change that. It will take time, it will take energy and it may even take heart ache but it will be worth it. The thing is, time will pass anyways.
This year for my birthday J gave me a gift from Pier 1. The funny thing is, I don’t even think he made the connection between this year’s and last year’s birthdays. He bought me this gift because one day when we were out shopping I mentioned I really liked it. When I opened it my mind immediately flashed back to one year ago and it made me feel so grateful and happy for all the positive changes over the past 12 months. Those changes weren’t by accident, either. I’m sure this years gift cost significantly less than $1,000.00 but it meant so much more.
If you are unhappy with your current circumstances, you have the power to change them. Take a look at your life and decide what you would like to be different in a year. Create a game plan and start taking action immediately. I promise you the feelings of contentment and happiness will be far worth the challenge.
P.S. Jen at Peanut Butter Runner shared a very similar message the other day and I encourage you to check it out.
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