If I Could Do It Over Again…100th Post + Life Update

Hey everyone! It’s finally here! Today marks my 100th post. I’m truly lost for words…ten months ago I started this blog with the intent of helping people with nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Ten months later, I’m doing nothing of that sort! Sure, we could probably call what I talk about now “wellness”, but I prefer “personal growth” or “personal discovery”. Regardless, I’m proud of where I stand today. I’m proud of the person this blog has allowed me to become, and I’m grateful for each and everyone one of you. Without your support, none of this would be possible. Your engagement is what drives me to continue pursuing my passions and challenging myself. So thank you for reading 🙂

I couldn’t think of a better compliment to this moment than the fact that I’m finally done with classes! Yesterday was my last final, and I’m very excited to be able to dedicate more time to my relationships, this blog, and myself. It’s time to rest, relax, and recover. It’s time for me to update this website and give my future some more thought…and I couldn’t be happier to do so.

The Fall semester is right around the corner, and I’m actually excited for it to start. I’ll only be taking four classes, but I’ll be starting an internship with the Alzheimer’s Association as a program educator and coordinator. I also just accepted a position with the USF Honors College to be a Tour Guide! While it sounds like I’m digging a hole for myself again, I think this will be my most manageable semester yet…less classes, less difficult classes, and more adulting. It’s good to be a Senior 🙂

And with that, I’ll be applying to graduate schools. Some of you might laugh, but of course I have a new plan. I wouldn’t be myself if I wasn’t always trying to find the right path for myself, but I think I’ve stumbled upon it. My new plan is to get an MBA!

Before you freak out, I know this is a complete 180 from any other avenue I’ve previously considered, but hear me out…

My goal is to help people become the best versions of themselves. The things I talk about on this blog are not things a degree can teach anyone. What I talk about comes from experience…hours, days, and years of personal inquisition. It comes from exploration and growth…things that I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my college career to. In doing so, I’ve learned so much about life and myself that I want to share with others. I want to help people discover their best selves without having to traverse the path I did.

The thing is that no matter what graduate degree I pursue, none of them are going to give me that exact ability. Social work and counseling would have allowed me to listen to people and coach them through their struggles. A PhD in psychology would have given me the ability to research personalities and teach others. Those are all great options and I’m sure I’d do amazing things with them, but that’s not where my heart is.

My heart is in helping others get the most out of their lives. My heart is you.

By no means am I done learning and growing, but I know what it takes to explore one’s self. I know how to engage in personal growth, but I need to learn how to make that tangible and applicable to you all.

And to do so, I want to learn how to do that in the workplace. The honest truth is that many of us want to grow, but we don’t want to take the personal time necessary to become our ideal selves. So I want to bring it to you in a place that you’re already at…work.

If I can design workplace programs, resources, and environments to do exactly that, I believe I can impact so many people. So I want to pursue an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources or Leadership & Organizational Skills.

It’s a completely different path than I was originally on, but I’m excited for it. I think it will help me reach my goals and get hired by companies looking to make an honest impact in their employees’ lives…like Proctor & Gamble. I mention them because I have a feeling deep inside of me that I’ll be working for them one day. My aunt worked there for over 20 years, and after speaking with her I truly believe their vision aligns with mine. Let’s hope they think so too 🙂

After traversing so many paths throughout college, I’m often asked if I regret anything. Do I regret taking classes I didn’t need to take like Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry? Do I regret not figuring this out sooner? Do I regret pushing myself so hard that I hurt my body? I give the same answer that most of us would…no. I don’t regret any of it because without those struggles I wouldn’t be where I am today.

But if I’m being honest there is one thing I regret more than any other…

I wish I would have dedicated more time to strengthening relationships and being with my family. You all know why…I’ve talked about it repeatedly. Those are the things that matter in life more than anything else. Those are the things that will carry me through the hard times and the good times. Strong relationships and love…those are the secrets to a fruitful life. If there’s anything I’ve learned in college, it’s that.

Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that until recently, and the damage had already been done. But, do I get caught up in what could have been had I dedicated more time to love? Not really because that’s not going to get me anywhere. Instead I use it as a lesson going forward. I use it to adjust my priorities and get the most out of my present situation.

That’s the thing. Even if we do regret something, we can’t beat ourselves up over it. That does absolutely nothing. The only way to mend the past is to adjust the future. Learn from mistakes and move forward. Remember that life is a journey filled with unexpected bumps and detours. We will constantly be learning. So if we mess up, it’s okay. Recognize, recollect, and readdress.

I know this post was a little different; less teachy and more talky, but I wanted to show you all where I’ve been, where I’m at, and where I’m going in the hopes that you’ll stay on this journey with me.

People often say I’m vulnerable in my posts, and I’m proud to say that I am. My life is yours to see. I want it to serve as a learning lesson or maybe even a guide. A guide for personal growth and exploration, and a lesson that it’s okay to question and adapt.

“When we reveal our struggles, we give others the courage to do the same.” ~ Matthew Kelly

So thank you all for reading. Here’s to the past 100 and to countless more. I can’t wait to see where life takes me, and I’m excited to have you all along for the ride.

As always, don’t forget to like, comment, and share. I’ll talk to you on Monday 🙂

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31

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