Goals + Growth

My Words to Live By

My Words to Live By

Here’s the Thing…

I love quotes.

I especially love finding quotes that perfectly sum up where you’re at or where you’re going.

In this post, I am sharing a few quotes that I feel accurately describe where my life currently is, as well as a few that point to where I am headed.

“Quality over quantity.”

This literally applies to everything: friends, food, the work you do, your clothes, everything.

My favorite thing to apply this to is friendships. I have never been the type to a have a million friends; not in high school, not in college, not now.

But, the people I do have in my life are of such high quality, I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I am to have core people that have never left my side and who know me so well.

I would much rather have a few people I can call to have intentional and substantial time together, instead of a bunch of people that I would just have surface level conversations with.

Like I said, this can apply to nearly everything. Having high-quality food is better than eating a ton of junk food; producing high-quality work is better than producing a lot of low quality work; having a closet with staple items is better than having a ton of random items.

Truly, I think this quote can apply to every situation and it is one of my favorites.

“Follow Your Arrow”

In 2017, this was the mantra I continuously lived by, but it remains a quote I regularly refer to when thinking about what I want my life to look like.

I love this quote because it gives you the freedom to go where your life leads with no restrictions.

Want to go to vet tech school and work on a goat farm? Cool.

Want to work at Red Lobster for a few months? Great.

Ready to get a full-time job? You go, girl!

Decide you want to pursue writing and blogging? I am all here for it.

(That is basically a timeline of the last year of my life.)

After I graduated college, I felt like I was a broken compass, spinning in circles and not sure what was the right direction.

The world was telling me I needed to get a full-time job, but my heart just wasn’t ready for that. Eventually, I rolled around to a full-time, but now I’m realizing my heart never was in it, at least not like my heart is invested when I am blogging or freelance writing.

I have stopped listening to what the world tells me, and started listening to what really matters: me. It sounds so simple, but YOU are the one living with your choices, so make sure you are making the ones that will ultimately make you happy.

“Don’t be Busy; Be Productive”

This one is similar to the ‘quality over quantity’ quote.

One of my all-time favorite bloggers and the first person to really show me that you can make a living off blogging is Blair, from blairblogs.com. First of all, you should go check her out. She is ammmmazing. Second, a little more than a year ago, she posted something that has stuck with me ever since. It was a post titled “Full, but not busy.”

In my eyes, Blair is successful. And I don’t think I am saying that with rose colored glasses on: she has managed to make an income while blogging full-time, among other things, and is able to live comfortably. So for her to say that she is not busy really made me stop and think about things.

Being productive is so much more efficient than being busy. Just the connotation of the words themselves shows how much more valuable one is over the other.

The biggest way I implement this quote into my daily life is for blogging.

Blogging full-time is my dream. But, shocker, it is really hard to invest a lot of time in a blog, especially when you work full-time.

Rather than frantically trying to crank out blog posts whenever I have the chance, I carve out intentional time where I can be focused for at least a couple hours and produce high-quality work. (As I am writing this post, it is currently 7 am and I have been at Panera for the past hour; rise and grind, folks.)

Looking at the bigger picture, I do not want to be ‘busy’ for the rest of my life. The whole point of blogging is to do what I love for a job, while still having time to embrace life. Sure, if I worked 12 hours a day on my blog, I would probably be successful at some point, but at what cost? I want to be present for my family, I want to have fruitful relationships with my friends and I want to travel the world.

Being busy will not bring me closer to my ultimate goals, but being productive will.

“Be the Girl That Decided to Go For It”

Every day, I scroll through Instagram and I see women around my age who are blogging and traveling full-time. They have managed to focus their skills in on working online and now have their freedom and their lives back.

One day, something just snapped in me. “Why not me?”

I realized I had as much potential as anybody to live the life I dreamed of so why not go for it?

I purchased my domain name and started creating content for my blog. I enrolled in a course to learn how to better manage my skills. I learn new things every day from other women who are currently doing what I want to do.

The only difference between where I am now and where I was six months ago is that I finally decided to go for it. I laid out what I wanted my life to look like, made a plan, and now here I am!

By no means am I where I hope to be, but taking that first step is always the hardest.

“Don’t Call it a Dream; Call it a Plan”

Dream: Contemplate the possibility of doing something or that something might be the case.

Plan: A method for achieving an end

Which would you rather have: a dream or a plan?

A dream is nice, but it’s true: it’s fluffy and uncertain and it could happen……or not.

A plan, on the other hand, is the method for achieving an end.

How much more powerful is that?

My whole life I’ve been talking about this dream and that dream, but what was my plan? I don’t know. I didn’t have one.

But I’m done with that.

I have acknowledged the fluffy, whimsical aspect of my dreams, but now, I am getting to work on creating a plan of action for those dreams.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”

For those of you who know me, you know I am terrified of plateauing. By plateauing I mean, doing the same thing, day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year. Just thinking about it freaks me out.

I want my life to be full of new experiences and adventures. I don’t want every day to be the same. I don’t want to get stuck in a mundane routine. I don’t want to work hard to achieve someone else’s dream.

I want to achieve MY dream.

I don’t want to be afraid to take those chances; I don’t want to get trapped in an average life.

“To Travel is to Live.”

I was introduced to travel at a very young age. My first plane ride was before my first birthday and I traveled out of the country for the first time before I could even remember. I left the western hemisphere for the first time when I was just 10 years old and I had been on about a dozen cruises before graduating high school.

The world is what sets my soul on fire. The cultures, the people, the beauty of new places.

Life is far too short and the world is far too beautiful to stay in one place.

I follow this couple on Instagram, Hannah and Nate, and they literally write down where they want to go every year and they go.

In 2017 they visited 25 countries.

What?

Hannah and Nate are just normal people who have learned how to travel and work full-time.

I’m a normal person and I can learn too.

 

Man, I am getting fired up just from writing about these quotes!

After writing this post, I am realizing how beneficial it is to write out not only your goals but also your words to live by because those are going to be what helps you to keep focused and to ultimately help you reach your goals.

 

What are some of your words to live by?

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