“…On My Way to Living My Best Life”

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

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Earlier this month, I celebrated my birthday. For those who don’t know, I make a really big deal out of my day. I see it as a national holiday. Every year, I try something new to show gratitude for being blessed to see another year. This year, that adventure was INDOOR SKYDIVING.

As cliché as it may be, skydiving is on my bucket list. It has been since I was a teenager. Skydiving may be a life goal of mine, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid. The adventures I choose to experience on my birthday are to provide a new experience, not comfort. The experiences are meant to make me feel alive. After much consideration, I booked my indoor skydiving flight.

My nervousness was on full display on my way to IFly. I couldn’t control my legs from shaking as I remained quiet. When we arrived, something changed. My nerves turned into excitement and I knew that I had made the right choice. Prior to our flights, we had an information session about IFly, their instructors, and how to ensure the safety of the flyers. When it was my time to take flight, I closed my eyes. As I surrendered to the experience, I opened my eyes to see the amazement of the view below.

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The rest is history. Indoor skydiving was super safe and fun.  Since it was such a grand experience, I brought passes to return again. My adventurous birthday ritual has brought so many wonderful memories and I plan for its continuance for years to come!

What does your birthday mean to you?

 

XO

Katherine

 

 

Invest Your Time Freely

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”- Winston Churchill

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As I continue on this journey of becoming a better me, I once again stepped outside of my comfort zone. This time, I did it in the form of volunteering. The reason I considered this experience stepping outside my comfort zone is because I am very specific about what I give my time to. I usually spend my time doing things that affect me directly, but when I received an email requesting for volunteers, everything in my body said “yes”. My desire to want to help prevailed and I replied back to the email committing to volunteer for the event.

Even though volunteering usually involves helping a cause, there are a number of personal takeaways from being a volunteer. One takeaway is volunteering provides new experiences. These new experiences could help build new skills. Another takeaway is that it provides a space to meet new people. The new connections made could foster into either personal or professional relationships like partnerships, mentoring, friendships, etc. However, the best takeaway could be the feeling of accomplishment.

The event I volunteered at was stellar. Rah Digga, Hip Hop Legend compelled the audience with her experiences and poise. I enjoyed the event so much, I forgot I was volunteering. Volunteering is essential because it provides an opportunity to be selfless, but the secret is that being selfless brings one of the best feelings. I encourage everyone to dedicate some time every once in a while to working for free (I know I will). Although you don’t get paid for volunteering, the experiences are worth more than currency.

What type of volunteering are you currently doing?

 

XO

Katherine

 

Just Breathe

“Everything will always be okay.” – Angel Cancel

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These last few months have been trying. I’ve been dealing with post-grad issues like trying to find a full-time job related to my degree, trying to move out of my current apartment, being indecisive on grad-school altogether, working six days a week while still trying to maintain a personal life, and other day-to-day occurrences.  Truthfully, I am overwhelmed, but it’s not all bad.

Sometimes we become so frustrated with our current situations that we forget to be thankful for how far we’ve come. I mean just take a few minutes and think about where you were last year during this time. All those goals that were accomplish mean something. I don’t know about anybody else, but I will no longer allow the bad times to outshine the good because bad times don’t last forever.

Sure I wish all of these problems just subsided, but that’s not reality. Life is not about living problem free, it’s about living in spite of them. These past few months haven’t been the best, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I know that there is a lesson to come and a blessing to follow. Everything will work itself out so I will continue to remind myself to just breathe.

What are you going through today that you will not let it get the best of you?

 

XO

Katherine