Hey guys! Welcome back. One year ago today I graduated college with my Bachelor’s Degree. It’s crazy to think that it’s already been a year, but at the same time it seems like a whole lifetime ago. College was where I really got my start and began figuring things out for myself. And even though i changed my mind a million times and still don’t quite have everything figured out, I’m thankful for the experience and everything I learned.
And in this past year fully out of college and “in the real world” as they say, I can honestly say that there were some things that college prepared me for and there were some things that college did not prepare me for. But all-in-all I think it did help set me up for success in many ways. From living to roommates to working a lot, I think my four years in college did me a lot of good and helped prepare me for what was coming my way and what still is coming my way.
In terms of using my actual degree, I’m not there yet, but it’s coming. There is something a little unconventional that I want to do that will use my degree and my love for creating content. It’s something I have been working on for a while, but I’m just not ready to put it out there yet. But as soon as I am, you guys will know. Actually it will probably be Instagram first, but you guys will know soon after.
I have learned in this past year though that it does no good for me to compare myself and where I’m at to other people. I have learned that no matter what my journey just looks a bit different than everyone else’s. And I think we all see that when we look at our journey compared to others. But this past year especially has taught me that life is not a race and it’s okay to enjoy where you are right now.
This first year in the post-grad world has been a whirlwind. My life is dramatically different from what I thought it would be this time last year, but in all the best ways possible. This year really changed my life and showed me what I am capable of and that I do have the ability to do even the things people were trying to tell me I couldn’t do. I learned that I can’t let other try to hold me back because I have really proven myself in the past year.
I have also learned that it is up to me to measure my own success. I can’t base my standards off of anyone else’s because no one is living my life for me. I have to decide for myself what success is and how to define it in my own life. I have to decide what are the most important things and how I’m going to live up to the expectations I have for myself, not the ones that anyone else has set in place for me.
I started over in a brand new city this year and it was scary. As it got closer, the more terrified I became. And then I started a new job and I got really nervous and anxious again. But I decided that success did not depend on me being perfect. It depended on my ability to keep moving forward and growing. It was about what I was willing to work for and not giving up on myself when things got difficult.
And probably the biggest thing I have taken away from this first year post-grad is that sometimes there is no explanation. Sometimes we make decisions and we don’t really have an answer for people when they ask why. We just have to trust ourselves. And sometimes really bad things happen or really bad people do things and we don’t really get a reason as to why, but later we learn that it was for the best.
It hasn’t been an easy year, but it’s been the most rewarding year by far. I have grown so much and really learned a lot about myself in this past year. I accomplished far more than I was expecting and really took chances on myself. Graduating college was a huge accomplishment, but this past year has been even more of an accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for me.
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