AH, hello everyone! I know I know it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me. Pardon me but a girl needed some time off! So far, this year has been a lot of back and forth between figuring things out and having myself all together. Do you remember December 31, 2018 when you set all those goals and plans for 2019? Yea… I don’t know about you but things have not gone as planned for me but I am here to tell you that it is PERFECTLY OKAY! Today I will be discussing the importance of taking a step back and what it can do for you.

For some time now, I’ve grown really fond of putting myself first. It may sound selfish but it’s the biggest thing you owe yourself. You see..if you’re like me you tend to put others before you or perhaps you tend to always try to satisfy people to avoid being the “bad guy”. In all honesty, that’s not your job! Your job is to take care of yourself before anyone else.

After my trip from Mexico, I began to see the world in a WHOLE different aspect. I began to realize that life is filled with a lot other things than just our small bubble. I told myself that I need to work extremely hard for the life that I deserve no matter how hard life will get. As a result, I became distant from a lot of things.. especially things I love.. aka blogging. We spend so much time on our jobs, schools, friends, family and even perhaps bigger responsibilities ahead of us. Although it may look like we are on the right path… are we really headed towards where God wants us to be? The real questions started flooding my mind: Do I really want to do this job? Do I really want to be friends with this person? Do I really need these pair of shoes? Do I want to stay in NY forever?

After starting my new job this summer, I quickly found myself stuck in this “hustle” mode. I began to feel like I was doing the same thing over and over again. It was a never ending 40 hour work week. I would wake up…head to work… come home.. take care of one or two things and repeat. I barely had any time for myself or my social life. Although I was getting a chance at an amazing opportunity in my field I felt extremely overwhelmed and stressed. I felt as though I was not good enough. I felt like I was going to be stuck in the same place forever. I then woke up one day and said BARBARA STOP.

This is when I began to plan and tell myself that things needed to be done in steps. I needed to focus on what makes ME happy! Taking a step back from my busy mind allowed me to to think of where I see myself and where I want to go. It has allowed me to just sit back and enjoy life each day at a time.

No matter how challenging life will get for me I will continue to take a step back from time to time and I encourage you all to do the same.

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