As a writer, I use my words to express my emotions and current mental spaces in life. With that being said, as a teacher my themes for the year correlate to my own journey while being applicable to my students. Last year, my motto for my students was “All the world’s a stage, tell your story on yours.” One year ago today I was in a place of uncertainty. I was unsure of what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be. I had gotten so comfortable in satisfying the world around me that it had become the norm. However, once I implemented that mantra into my students’ brains, I began to explore the idea myself. My 22nd year of life has been one of new beginnings, inner discoveries and feelings greater than simple contentment. I am by far the happiest I’ve been in a while (probably ever).

As I say goodbye to one age and welcome in a new one with open arms, I’m afraid. I’m scared because I’m getting older and my goals aren’t getting any younger. The thought of even reaching my goals has started to become more than figments of my imagination, but rather tangible. I’m afraid of actually reaching my idea of success and crumbling down. But you know what, you can’t live in fear. Between looking to the Lord for guidance on this rocky journey and reading Shonda’s life changing book, Year of Yes, I’ve been in pursuit of something better. Something more. Something to stand up and fight for, to be proud of. Me.

Today’s Keyword: heroine (n.):  a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities

Now that I know what my story is, I’m ready to tell it my way. I’ve decided to be the heroine of my own story and push for my dreams until the word “dream” is an inaccurate term to even describe them because they are just that damn real. I’m kicking the year off with a list of 23 things I want to accomplish while twenty-three years old. Some are easy tasks, oh but others… I have to put in WORK. Listen, I’m afraid, but it’s a good thing. I refuse to accept defeat so I’m striving until I cant anymore. Note to self: Stay out of your own way. 

As we head into another school year, the motto has changed for my students. “Aiming high and risking it all, in pursuit of success”.

Happy birthday to me. 

Twenty-three and Free,