It’s My 1-Year Blogiversary!

I cannot BELIEVE it’s already been a year since I first started my blog. Happy 1-year Blogiversary to me! 😀 Time really flew by.

This time last year I was just starting out at my first job right out of college (that I’m still currently at) and starting my blog in the same week, and now here I am about to make a year with that as well.

So much has happened this past year, good and bad. So many things have been accomplished, and so many lessons have been learned. It’s really been one helluva a year; whether or not that’s meant to be said in a good way is still to be determined, but regardless here we are!

By now it’s been almost a week since my birthday, and I thought I would update you on where I’m at now in my life, with my blog and what I hope to do in the future.

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If you follow me on social media (which, if you don’t you totally should!), you would’ve seen that I was posting like crazy last weekend for my birthday; pictures, videos, etc. Some of just myself or with my family or with Diego or with friends.

Ultimately, I really didn’t do anything CRAZY, but the little things I DID do (or had done for me) were so cute and fun.

I turned 23 years old last Friday, and something about it really sparked something in me, almost like an epiphany so to speak.

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If you’re one of my dedicated readers that have been consistently reading my stuff since the beginning and more so recently, you’ve probably seen that these past few weeks have been kind of rough. I’ve felt really lost and alone and like I didn’t really know what I was doing with my life.

But, something about my birthday last weekend really changed that, which I’m sure sounds kind of crazy, because how can things just change from one day to the next right? But it’s true.

I felt a sort of happiness and confidence that I hadn’t felt in SUCH a long time. And if you know me, you know that I don’t typically get excited for my birthday because there’s always something that happens which kind of ruins it, but more so this year I definitely was NOT looking forward to it.

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There was a few different reasons for me feeling this way, but overall I just wasn’t expecting anything to be done for it since everyone was going to be busy (or the important people I wanted around anyway) and/or doing their own thing.

However, it ended up being such an amazing overall weekend filled with surprises left and right from my parents, Diego and my brother that I did not expect, but am super appreciative for.

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Anyway, where I was getting with that is that through all of this and all of the surprises, pictures, etc. I felt this sudden sense of confidence within myself. Something about my birthday this year and turning a year older that made me feel really good about where I’m at with my life and told me that everything was going to be okay. I can’t even fully explain the feeling or thoughts I had surrounding this, but this is as descriptive as I can get about it.

It made me feel like this upcoming year, and the years to come, were going to be good ones. It gave me a sort of push in a way, I guess you can say, because it made me want to do SO many things differently, start so many things, push to do more of certain things, etc.

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That being said, I just really want to take a second and thank every one of my followers (whether you’re family, a friend or a complete stranger) for always reading my stuff. It really does mean a lot. And it means even more when I get feedback from you guys about my posts; what you liked, how you related to it, etc.

I’ve always said since the very beginning that this is an open space for not only myself, but you guys as my followers, and that if I can do one thing with my blog and writing in general, it would be to try making a difference somehow. To talk about things that people might not typically speak about. To have someone/something for you guys to relate to with some of your own possible personal issues or experiences, and so on.

I’ve been saying this for a while, but I think this year is really going to be a good one. This year is going to be solely dedicated to making myself happy and healthy; focusing on my writing, reading more, traveling more, etc.

I don’t think anything is as important to me as my writing and the way I feel about it. I’m feeling so much more comfortable with my writing and being able to put my stuff out there, so I can’t wait for you guys to see my future posts.

Thank you to those of you that have actually always supported me and my writing, and I am SO excited to see where this next year is going to take me with my blog and writing in general…. stay tuned! 😉

Until my next post….

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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23 Things I’ve Learned At This Point of My Life

In light of my 23rd birthday today, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys 23 things that I’ve learned this past year and throughout my life in general thus far.

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In no particular order:

  1. Always put yourself and your happiness first, no matter the person or situation.

2. Don’t be afraid to take risks.

3. Not everyone is going to have the same mentality as you (regardless of in a positive or negative way).

4. Always make time for yourself at some point in the day, whether you’re reading, writing, going to the gym or doing something as simple as a skincare routine, it’s necessary for you to take care of yourself first to many extents.

5. Be grateful for everything in your life, whether big or small.

6. Don’t take things so seriously in life or personal.

7. Sometimes its okay to just walk away (from a person or situation).

8. Not all friendships are meant to last, no matter how long you’ve had them.

9. It’s okay to spend and enjoy time by yourself sometimes, in fact, it’s kind of necessary.

10. Don’t be afraid to lean on the people around you, whether that’s family, a significant other, or your closest friend(s). I 100% get not wanting to feel like a burden to people with your problems, but there are people around you who genuinely care about you and want to be there for you (even if it may be a handful or select few of people, they ARE there).

11. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail.

12. Give yourself credit when it’s due, no matter how big or small the accomplishment, task, etc. is.

13. Treat yourself occasionally! Obviously try not to go overboard, but everyone deserves to be treated sometimes. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you, do it for yourself. Get a mani/pedi, do some retail therapy, whatever it is that you want. If you know you’re a hard-worker and you deserve it, then why not?

14. Don’t ever be sorry for who or how you are. Unless you know it’s a bad habit or something that you need to change, but don’t ever let someone make you feel bad for being a certain way because chances are, you’re that way for a reason.

15. If you never try and put yourself out there, you’ll never really know what you’re capable of (in any/all aspects).

16. The type of energy and vibes that you send out towards people and to the world in general, is exactly what you’re going to get back. Nothing more, nothing less.

17. It’s okay to not always be okay. You don’t always have to be strong all the time, no matter what people or society in general may say or make it seem.

18. Everyone does things at their own pace, “Just because you took longer than others, doesn’t mean you failed or aren’t good enough.” Therefore, don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

19. Don’t let your issues and/or mistakes define who you are because they don’t. Learn from them and move forward with your life (to the best of your ability).

20. Make the best out of everything currently in your life, whether it’s a situation you’re dealing with or material things you may have (or lack thereof).

21. Hard-work NEVER goes unnoticed (believe it or not), someone will always recognize it and give you credit for it, trust me.

22. Have fun and do things that make you genuinely happy, because life is too short to do anything BUT things that make you happy.

23. It’s just a bad day/week/month/year, not a bad life. Don’t take a shitty day(s) and make it seem like you have a horrible life. Take whatever’s happened to you on that day(s) and use it to have better days later on.

Thanks for reading!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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