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).

* * * * * *

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.

* * * * * *

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.

If you enjoyed it, please make sure to drop a like and hit that follow button if you’re new! 🙂 Also don’t forget to follow me on all of my other social media accounts to stay up to date with everything I’m up to and working on (they’re always mapped out below).

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

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

Follow Me On Social Media!  :

Instagram & Twitter: @Thatleogirlem

Snapchat: Carpe_diemx33

TikTok: Emilyc.hernandez

Facebook: Emily C. Hernandez

YouTube Channel: Emily C. Hernandez

For Business Inquiries, email me at: emilyhernandez817@gmail.com

5 Things I Want to Change/Achieve in The Next 12 Months

Hey guys ❤

How’s everyone doing? I hope you’re all doing well and getting the hang of this quarantine thing even if recently it may be feeling a little confining. I know it’s not the best feeling, but at this point I hope you guys are somehow managing to make the best of it. This will all hopefully be over soon and we’ll be able to go back to *some type of* normalcy.

As you saw from the title of today’s post, I wanted to talk to you guys about 5 major things I want to change/achieve in the next 12 months (starting from right now).

I realized a few days ago that this year I didn’t do a New Years blog post with my vision board for this year and/or just some goals I had for the year 2020 the way I normally tend to do. I did do a video about it on my YouTube channel though which you can watch here if you want to check it out.

But that’s the reason for me wanting to create today’s post. It’s obviously not ALL my goals, but they are some of the biggest ones that I want to try accomplishing within the next 12 months.

It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately while being in quarantine. There were some adjustments that needed to be made due to the current circumstances, but in a way, I feel like this is a weird blessing (financially anyway). This is the perfect time to clear debt, save and begin to accomplish a lot of these goals since I’m not out and about spending unnecessary money on things like food, coffee or transportation that I normally would be.

This is why I’m saying that these are 5 things I want to start working on from NOW. I have sort of been working on them in previous months, but I feel like under the current circumstances, now more than ever is my time to take advantage and get the process of these things going.

With that being said, let’s get into my 5 things….

* * * * * *

  1. Financial Freedom.

This one in particular is obviously going to take some time. It can take days, weeks or months, but it’s one of the, if not THE, most important thing to accomplish and change this year for the better. It’s number one because without accomplishing this one, there’s no way for me to be able to accomplish the others.

Without getting TOO much into detail about it I will admit that I have credit card and student debt that I am working on clearing. That’s my main concern right now, and I’m proud to announce that although I have a ways to go, I have been making SO much progress with this recently that I’m not exactly sure I would have made had I been in my normal day to day routine. I am so happy and excited about this one because I know it’s only going to continue.

2. Living On My Own.

This one is HUGE for me guys. Diego and I have been SO ready to have our own place and live on our own for such a long time but for a few reasons (one of them obviously being the financial aspect of it), it could not happen. But as we continue to clear our debt and take other necessary steps, we’re getting closer and closer to making it happen. God willing, by the end of the year, if not early next year, we can make this happen.

3. Travel.

Notice why I said that without financial freedom, we can’t do any of the other things we want to do? I’m a firm believer that money isn’t everything, BUT it sure does play a big role in being able to do certain things like this.

We’ve been really lucky to be able to go on the little travels that we’ve gone on in the past few years, but if I’m being real, we did cut each of the trips a little financially short. And the goal is to be able to travel without having to worry about much else. Have everything taken care of and not really think twice about it later on.

We’ve also made it a point to not only want to travel outside of the US, but also within it. We’ve realized that there are so many beautiful places to be able to travel to within the US that we never really thought about before. So, again, god willing the plan moving forward (and obviously after all this is behind us and we get the okay to be able to do so) will be to travel to 1 place out of the country and 1 place within the US. We had a plan to do that this year, but due to the current circumstances of the virus, we were forced to cancel our trip 😦 . There MAY possibly be hope for something small later on this year, but if not, for sure next year we are going to move forward with it!

4. New Job (career of MY choice).

I have been talking about this one for a WHILE guys, and I swore this year was going to be the year for it, but then COVID happened….UGH. I mean don’t get me wrong, although we pretty much lost out on the first half of 2020, there is still a chance that something BIG could happen in the second half of it, but that’s why I’m working SO hard right now during this time to hopefully guarantee that this can happen.

I don’t know you guys…..I’m REALLY enjoying being able to work from home. I’ve been loving it actually, and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to come out of this going back to my normal desk job.

I feel like this entire situation has not only been low-key a blessing financially, but it’s also opened my eyes A LOT, as far as my job. No shade towards my job at ALL, but I’ve realized that I really want and need to be working for myself, at home. I’ve been getting SO much personal work done for Instagram, YouTube and now my blog, that it’s made me so unbelievably happy. Obviously it’s going to be a lot better and easier once this is all over and I can actually go out to book stores, coffee shops, etc., but right now I’m pretty content with being home getting all my work done the way that I have been. I’m actually kind of shocked (in an amazing way) at how productive and motivated I’ve been, and I definitely never felt like this in my typical day-to-day routine. So I don’t know……we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one…….

5. Meet My Content Creating Goals.

This one kind of goes hand in hand with the new job point that I made. But, within the next 12 months, I would really love to be able to solidify my brand and social media content on all platforms to hopefully be able to make a living off of that. I can truly see myself doing this for the long haul and making a successful career out of it. This is why I am trying to take the necessary steps during this quarantine to be on top of all of my content (as much as I can anyway).

I have SO many different ideas for all my platforms’ content (at home during this time and once this is all over and we can be mobile again lol), some may take-off and some may not, but that’s all part of the learning process with this and I won’t ever REALLY know what works and what doesn’t unless I try it. So, I’m super excited now and for the future to get a move on all of this content creating. I’ve been reading and learning a lot about it all and I can’t wait to finally put it all to the test and bring it to life!

* * * * * *

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. It was definitely on the personal side but it’s because like I said, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and coming to a lot of deep realizations throughout quarantine that have really been opening my eyes.

We are only a month into this, and I’m not sure how much longer it’ll be before things go back to “normal”, so a lot can change, but right now these plans are weighing heavy on my mind and heart. I’m motivated like never before to make these things happen. And I’m not trying to make it seem like I’m going to accomplish these things right away because a lot of it will take time, but with the progress I’ve been seeing lately, I have no doubt that they will all begin to happen for me little by little. I am SO excited for what’s to come for me in the future.

If you enjoyed this post, please remember to like it and don’t forget to follow my blog if you haven’t already.

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

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

Follow Me On Social Media! 🙂 :

Instagram & Twitter: @Thatleogirlem

Snapchat: Carpe_diemx33

Facebook: Emily C. Hernandez

YouTube Channel: Emily C. Hernandez

For Business Inquiries, email me at: emilyhernandez817@gmail.com