Hello Groovy People,
I wanted to make this post partly for those that may need inspiration, and for myself. I like to make goals and I dream big. This all started when I was about fifteen years old. I planned out my entire life from college, to my career, even when I was going to get married and have children. But, as life would have it, I did not graduate “on time” but instead it took me ten years! I am still single, and have zero children(pretty lucky with this one).
To say the least, I was not realistic in my plans. I didn’t take into account my struggles I would face at eighteen which lead to my many breaks, and the uneasy world of dating.
Regardless, I didn’t let that stop me.
I don’t know about you, but I have dealt with (and still dealing with) mental illness. Although it has slowed me down, it has not stopped my natural determination to do big things. If you are dealing with a mental illness, know that it’s not your fault.
I can’t say this enough, but I feel like with so much violence in the media and mass ignorance, people assume those with mental illnesses are a bad day away from shooting everyone on site. This is not the case.
I personally wouldn’t go around telling everyone your business, but instead, have pep talks with yourself. Have a heart to heart and find out what YOU want.
I like traveling, working with children, and writing. So after dealing with my issues and finding what works for me (positive affirmations and meditation), I began making a list of goals in a journal.
At first I just put them on paper. That’s the easy part.
Next, do your research and make a plan, a realistic plan.
I want to live in New Zealand, but I can’t without a teaching certification. So I researched how I could get one. I also don’t want more added debt. Luckily I live in New Jersey which has a program that allows me to get my cert and work full time.
I also needed to be realistic about my time table. This is the hardest because I am a now or never type of person. I want what I want NOW. However, getting what I need takes time. Between the tests I had to take, and the time I needed to take the courses, it was not going to be done in a few months.
Once you realize that what you really want takes time, be dedicated.
But that’s not easy. Road bumps come especially when you are at your weakest. So my biggest thing is make your end goal the prize, or if you need something quicker to make things easier, make checkpoints.
A checkpoint could be, oh you passed this test, buy yourself a treat. Or you finished a semester of school, go on a weekend vacation. Make the journey bearable because truthfully, nothing is easy in this world. Not even when you’re working towards something you want.
As of now I am entering my first semester of graduate school. With three more left, I can say things are working out well. But it’s a lot. So I will keep you posted as I go along. I hope that you will either find this post interesting, or inspirational. Whatever your journey is, make it yours and enjoy!