What I’ve Learned From 2020

Hey guys,

Long time, no see. Happy New Year! Happy 2021!!

I HATE going this long without posting anything, and I’m really sorry about it, but life has been crazy the past few months for me, as I’m sure it’s been for everyone else as well.

BUT, regardless, it is a NEW year, new beginning and chance to reinvent your(my)self! How exciting is that to think about?! People always like to make the “new year, new me” jokes, but why can’t you change the way you are for the new year? Isn’t that always the point of getting excited for the new year to begin with? Creating new goals, new memories, new habits, etc. etc.? I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s definitely always MY mentality when the new year rolls around.

Because of this, I wanted to reflect a bit and have my first post of the year be about some of the things that I learned from 2020 and hope to change and/or build on for this year (since Lord knows there were a shit ton of things I think we can ALL take away from last year).

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So let’s get straight into it….in no particular order:

  1. Patience

    I think we all learned the hard way last year that patience really is a virtue. This was SO important all throughout 2020, for multiple reasons. Whether we liked it or not, we had to be patient with everything going on all throughout the pandemic. As frustrating as it was, and continues to be at times, we all had to trust and have patience that everything was going to workout, fall into place and go back to how it used to (and no I don’t mean that we’re going to go back exactly how we were before, but that’s besides the point).

Personally, I was also forced to learn a lot about patience professionally. I was at my last job for almost 4 years and DYING to get out and finally find something within the field I loved. And it was one of the MOST frustrating things for such a long time not being able to do anything about it. I was agitated every single day that I had to get up and go to work. Not because of the people or the work itself, just out of frustration for the fact that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. Until November…when I least expected it, I got a call about an interview for my dream job at my dream company, and within 2 weeks, I had secured the position!! When you finally decide to release control and least expect it is usually when things really start to fall into place. Trust the process and realize that God’s got you, always!! He knows what He’s doing.

2. Gratitude

I don’t know about you guys, but gratitude was a major thing that I learned in 2020 as well, which is funny because I’ve always been grateful for the things and people that I have in my life, but I guess because I was always so ‘on the go’ pre-pandemic, it never really hit me HOW blessed I was and should be. The pandemic and everything else going on in the world at the time, and even now, really shows you that nothing is ever promised in life, so live like today’s your last day on earth and always be grateful for everything and everyone in your life whether big or small.

3. Health

This one is also kind of funny just because I’ve always strived to be healthy and fit (to some extent) when I was big into dieting and working out pre-pandemic, but throughout 2020 I really made myself buckle down and take my mental and physical health a lot more serious. I really made it a priority to recognize the type of things I take in mentally and emotionally via TV or social media, as well as the foods and what not that I put into my body. I’ve never been one for taking vitamins, but after everything that’s gone on, I’ve really realized how important it is, especially as a woman because of everything our bodies go through as it is. I may be slacking a bit on the working out part of physical health, but I do plan on getting back into that slowly but surely in the coming days/weeks.

4. Working smarter, not harder

This pandemic and being home for as long as I have has really put things into perspective as far as my content creation on all platforms. Since everything was shutdown and we were forced to stay home, it forced me (and everyone else that does the type of work I do obviously) to REALLY get creative. It can be difficult as it is sometimes to come up with content ideas in general, but add in the fact that we had to stay home for as long as we have been and feeling like there’s only so many things you can do and show within your home?? Geez, taking creativity to a whole other level. And it still can be challenging sometimes, but the key really is to just work smarter, not harder. Play to your own personal interests and pick the brains of your audience, and it’ll end up being simpler then you think.

5. Self care

This one also plays into the mental health part we were just talking about, but in 2020 more than EVER I realized how truly important it was to put down and step away from your phone/computer and practice self-care. Whether that’s pampering myself, doing the things I love or just being by myself, it’s so important to take care of yourself (in all ways). It really does wonders for your mental health. It gives your mind, body and soul a chance to relax and rejuvenate itself either for the rest of the day or the next day. Please please please prioritize your self-care treatments, whatever that may be for you.

And finally, 6. Surrounding yourself with good vibes

This is just as equally important as everything else I’ve mentioned. I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic and we really aren’t supposed to (or shouldn’t) be seeing other people, but if you are one of those people that are still doing this, please make sure that you are at least keeping good company and positive vibes around you; whether that’s family, friends, significant others, etc. There is enough negative and scary crap going on in/around the world without you adding on to it by keeping bad company around you. Nobody needs any sort of extra negativity lingering around them and it is SO important to keep good people and vibes around you. It helps keep your spirits up when things are rough, and this also doesn’t just apply to people; be sure to keep good/positive music, scents, etc. around you. When you surround yourself with good vibes and energy, it not only makes you feel good, but also ends up mirroring into your own life.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this new post and took something away from it. I know that I say this A LOT, but I am officially back and my goal for this year is to post at LEAST once a week, twice if I can. So please don’t be shy in dropping any/all suggestions that you may want to see from me on here.

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Thank you guys for reading, and I’ll see you in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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2019 Goals

Happy Sunday [night] everyone!

I hope that the first weekend of 2019 was fun, relaxing and rejuvenating for you all! 🙂

For today’s post, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my goals, but not necessarily by doing it the old fashion way of just mapping them all out for you guys.

This year, Diego and I thought it would be fun to create vision boards for goals of 2019. Neither of us had done one before, and we both have SO many things that we want to do/accomplish together and individually that we figure, why not?! It’s a great way to have fun and be creative while also doing serious thinking about the major things we want and hope to get done this year.

So that’s what I’m going to be talking about and showing you guys today!

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What’s a Vision Board?

Even though I just briefly discussed it, for those of you that don’t know, a vision board is ultimately a fun and creative project that people do to map out their goals/plans.

Personally, I’ve only ever REALLY heard of people doing this for the new year, but I’m sure people do it for other times as well.

It’s completely up to you, the person making it, to determine how creative or simple it is that you want to have it, but based on THAT will determine whether or not you have printed pictures, cut-outs from magazines, stickers, etc. and how MUCH of those things you end up including as well.

You use all of these things to basically either back-up the goal your mentioning (as a visual for it) or substitute what you’re actually trying to say with an image instead. As long as you understand what it means, that’s all that really matters.

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My Vision Board!

When it comes to doing little art projects like this, I LOVE getting as creative as possible, even if it means going all out in buying little art supplies and what not.

I take my time, I’m extra as hell, and end up being a perfectionist about it! haha.

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For this in particular however, it was creative and cute yet pretty simple. I’m super happy and proud of it.

Most of the supplies we bought were actually from Dollar Tree; the poster board, stickers, speech/dialogue bubbles, glue stick and markers (reason #12281057047 why Dollar Tree is the bomb.com especially if you’re on a budget like me).

My Vision Board is pretty self-explanatory, especially since everything is pretty much written on it exactly how I want it, but ultimately for this year, I just want to be happy. I want to be happy and doing anything and everything that I love and am passionate about it.

I want good health, happiness and prosperity, doesn’t everybody? But it goes more in depth when you see the final product of my board.

So, scroll down to see the (semi) final product of my Vision Board!

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I say that it’s semi-done because I still want and need to add a few more little pictures to it before I can officially say its complete, but the majority of it IS done.

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I really hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also felt inspired to want to go out and create your own vision board!

And whether you already have created one, or are going to do it in the coming days, I hope that 2019 is an amazing and productive year for you all and that you get to accomplish every single thing on your board/list.

Let me know in the comments below if you guys have ever created a vision board and if so, what are some of the goals on them for this year?!

Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 😉

*Also, special shoutout to my mama, who’s birthday is today!! Happy Birthday mama, i love you! ❤ *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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What A Week…

Hi Guys.

Today’s post is about nothing in particular other than some general thoughts and feelings that I’ve been having.

Mentally, this week has been rough. I’ve been feeling so tired, lost and hopeless with everything in my life for some reason.

You ever have those days where you just start over-thinking and over-analyzing EVERY little thing in your life, to the point where it almost feels like you’ve got nothing going for yourself at the moment? Well, that’s been me all week.

For those of you that aren’t aware or are just new to my blog, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and have for a few years now (I’ll leave my post that I wrote all about it linked here in case you wanted to check it out). For me it’s always been an on and off thing. Meaning, it’ll hit me and stick around for a few hours or a day or so, but then I’ll do things to be able to make myself feel better and it’ll go away for a while. This week, however, has been completely different.

There’s something about it this week that I just haven’t been able to shake, and I’ve been going nuts trying to figure out why, but, I think I’ve finally figured it out…

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As the last couple days of me being 22 go by, I can’t help but reflect on the past year and everything going on in my life. Among other personal things, one question in particular has been nagging at me for days now: Is all of this really the best that I can do? Sure I’m young and still have so much time in my life to be able to improve and do more, but at this very point in my life, am I happy and content with everything at the moment?

And the answer, very simply put, is no I’m not.

I’ve always been one to be very open about my feelings with the things I go through and the things that I want. More specifically, my future. I’ve always felt that I’m meant to do something BIG; I’ve never been entirely sure what that ‘something’ is, but I’ve always said, and still stick by, that that feeling gets stronger with each day that passes. And so, when I get in these depressive states the way I have been this week, it’s SO frustrating for me. Frustrating because I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. Frustrating because I haven’t figured out what that ‘something’ is yet.

I tend to go through periods of time where I get sick and tired of living the same daily routine over and over again; going to work, to the gym, home, etc. Yes, obviously I enjoy all of these things, and they are all things somewhat mandated in order for me to live a decent life, but it’s just so repetitive that it drives me nuts sometimes and makes me feel like I’m not doing anything REALLY ‘exciting’ or ‘worth it’ the way other people around me (that are more or less the same age) are.

I have to constantly remind myself that this, everything that I’m doing and going through right now, are just rough patches, and me  just “paying my dues” until it’s my time to shine (so to speak), and that everyone does things at their own time and pace.

I don’t necessarily think I’m in a rush to make any of these things happen or force it, whereas I just continue to wonder when exactly it’ll be “my time.”

I think my problem is that although I know what I want, I really don’t take enough risks to get these things. I let things get to me and discourage/bring me down too quickly. I work hard but maybe not hard enough. And I HATE change. It freaks me out and gives me SUCH anxiety because I’m so used to certain things and routines, that when I see things start to change, I sort of shut down…

I also just need to remember that God has a plan for me. He knows what He’s doing, and everything will happen in due time when He knows it’s the right time.

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That being said, I turn 23 next Friday, and my goal from now until than is really to make a plan for myself and my life that I fully intend to keep. Plan out all of my goals, make a list of things I want to do/accomplish, and make them all happen one by one.

This year, being 22, and 2018 in general, has been really hard thus far for me. I’ve been through so much. I realized and learned a lot about myself and the people around me. I realized that I need to give myself more credit for the things I’ve accomplished in my life thus far, but I also know that I’m nowhere near where I want or am going to be in the future. I am officially choosing to be happy, and let go of any and all things that I have no control over, and not let things get to me as much anymore. Granted, I know that’s a bold statement and going to take a while for me to actually follow through with, but I’m officially speaking it into existence!!

My goal for this upcoming year (and the years to come) is to really welcome/accept change and take more risks. Just go for it and not think twice about doing things and making mistakes along the way, because if it’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that sometimes you really need to just say ‘fuck it’, and do what makes YOU happy no matter what the people around you say or think.

Mental health is SO important, and not enough people are talking about and/or taking it seriously. If you’re not good mentally, how can you be good in any other way? I almost feel like it’s impossible. I absolutely hate feeling the way that I do most times, and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy because there’s no worse feeling then feeling like you’re not worth it. I feel like this is the majority of what I talk about on here at some point or another in my posts now, but do things that make you happy. Be selfish sometimes, even if it means you have to do the things that make you happy alone, because I’ve realized that you get to be your truest, and best version of YOU when you’re happy and in the right state of mind (mentally).

Wow this was a therapy session all in itself.. 😂

Thank you for taking the time to actually read my stuff, and I hope you guys have a great weekend. I’ll see you next week for a new post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤ Read More