Life is great. No, really. When I think about the different areas of my life, I feel decently well balanced overall.
Here are some highlights:
1. My friends and family
I have amazing friends--friends I can laugh with, cry with, eat with, dance with, hang with, exercise with, have random (piñata) adventures with, and just be myself with. And not just that--I keep meeting new friends that grow into people I can call true friends. We are all learning, growing human beings leaning on each other for personal development and a better understanding of the world around us. Life can get a little busy, but I always want to make sure that I take time to let the people who are important to me know that I'm thinking of them. Same goes for my family. My family visited a couple months ago, and it was great to be around them. When you only see them a couple times a year, it's important to spend as much time together as possible.
2. My work life and career choice
When you choose a career path, you're simply a sponge when you start. You're there to learn from everyone else who has been doing the job for much longer and have so much knowledge to gain. You're young, you're naive, and have so much room to grow (the learning curve). Of course you will never stop learning about your field of work, but there's something incredibly satisfying when you can actually provide helpful advice to others based on your profession. I still feel as though I have so much to learn in the realm of HR, but I love what I do, and it's incredibly satisfying to know that I can help people in an area of their lives that is so important: their career. Whether it's helping someone understand the recruitment process a little bit better, connecting them with a new role, or helping them understand the Ps and Qs of employment--it's unbelievably satisfying when things just work out. And if they don't, no need to lose sleep over it--there's a world of opportunity out there for everyone.
My work makes me happy--each day I come in, I'm excited by the different people I have the opportunity to interact with. People are appreciative and take the time to thank each other for a hard day of work. I respect my boss, who provides insight and offers his opinion then weighs them against the members of our HR business partner team. I feel like I'm being mentally engaged by my work, and by the people around me. I feel fortunate to be in a role that provides me with such high gratification and appreciation.
3. My body and my health (and reaching my goals/crossing things off my bucket list!)
I feel healthy. Granted, I love sugary snacks (and Taco Bell) quite a bit more than I should, but overall, I do my best to get enough sleep each day, eat relatively healthy foods (no soda or french fries, minimal chips, candy bars, and fried foods), exercise regularly, drink enough water, and just try to take good care of my body. I wasn't going to announce it yet since it's not technically official until paperwork is signed, but this past Sunday I auditioned to teach Turbo Kick, and was verbally offered a job with 24 Hour Fitness.
4. My finances/travel fund/retirement plan
I feel like I am in a place where I'm financially comfortable. I feel like I've managed to set up a system that gives me the freedom to save and splurge at the same time. I've made a commitment to myself to travel to a foreign country once every 2-4 years. I also have committed to exploring the US whenever possible, especially if I have the opportunity to travel with friends, or to reconnect with old ones.
I just feel really good about my life right now, and I thought it was worth sharing. Things aren't always perfect in life, and in a world chalked full of negativity, it's important to celebrate the little victories. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!