Am I Good Enough + Steps to Remember

Hi beautiful babes!

I am so sorry for being MIA basically all of January. This month has been so crazy between packing to move and just crazy booked with work, that I have just been so mentally drained. But I am back and ready to write for all of you to read!

Today I kind of wanted to take a detour from the content that I am typically used to writing for you and step outside of my comfort zone. For some reason the past few weeks, the phrase ‘am I good enough,’ has been circling around my brain. I feel like since moving there have been a lot of exciting things that have happened and I have shared with you, but something that I am not used to sharing is my super vulnerable side, which I want to change starting this year. Now don’t worry I won’t lose that fun side of me, but I just want to be more open with you all about what I am going through and hopefully help anyone else who could be going through the same thing. Since moving and spending most of my time in New York, I have felt this need to step up what I am doing in my life, which has created this immense pressure to be perfect. I feel like especially in today’s day and age, there is this overwhelming pressure to share the perfect photo or be a perfect role model for others and it can just weigh you down constantly. This new year, something that I have been really working hard to change, is how I see myself compared to someone else. Whether it’s at work or in your personal hobbies, we all tend to compare ourselves and wonder are we good enough. I have been trying to adapt a few ways to help overcome this thought and really move forward in giving myself the confidence to be the best version of me I can be!

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Your mind can be a convincing liar

This is something that I feel happens to a lot of people. We struggle with fighting negative thoughts that we may hold onto about ourselves and that can be a hard habit to quit. Whenever I feel like I have a rough day, especially with work, I have so many thoughts going through my head like, “Am I good enough to handle this?” or “Why did I think I could do this project?” Those thoughts can really deplete your confidence as a person! The one-piece of advice that I have been trying to implement more in my life is learning to talk to myself using positive affirmations whenever negative thoughts seem to be bringing me down. I definitely think it takes time and one positive affirmation may not make it all be better, but it can help after a few tries to get you back into a positive mindset!

Focus on progress over perfection 

I know myself and I know I can be very hard on myself when I don’t feel perfect in a situation. No matter how many times I tell myself that perfection is overrated or that I don’t have to be perfect, somehow I just can’t seem to shake the constant need to be this perfect human. I know I am the farthest thing from being perfect, which is why I am trying to focus more on my progress in life. We are all working on ourselves and no one is a perfect finished product, nor will they ever be! Just try to focus on your own growth as a human instead of worrying about being the perfect person all the time.

Other people are comparing themselves too 

Have you ever looked at someone and started comparing yourself to how they look or act? C’mon, I know you have because we all have done it at one point or another, even if you don’t realize you are doing it. Comparing ourselves to others is the single most destructive thing to do to your confidence. The thing that we don’t get to see, is that the person we are comparing ourselves to is probably comparing themselves to you or someone else. Did that make sense? Are you still following? It’s totally normal to do this, but we need to do better at loving ourselves for everything that makes us unique instead of wishing we have something that someone else has.

Choose self-empowering language 

This is what I mean when I talk about positive affirmations! Instead of talking down to yourself when you don’t understand something at work or are feeling bad about your body, working on having empowering language when negative thoughts enter your mind can help keep you keep yourself in check whenever you aren’t feeling great. Using phrases like, “I have all the power I need,” or “I make my dreams a reality,” can make such a small change in how you see yourself and how others will see you. There is power behind your thoughts and words, so use them for the good of your wellbeing!

Be authentically and unapologetically you 

Something I have learned over the past few years is a lesson about acceptance. Acceptance for who you are physically, mentally, and personality-wise. Learning to be unapologetically yourself can be a difficult road to be on, but as long as you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, then you will finally be happy just being you!

I hope that some of these small tidbits of advice can help any of you who may need to hear this right now. You are all amazing the way you are and you are definitely good enough for anything you put your mind to. Have a great rest of your week and I promise I am working at getting a schedule down for my blog, so please hang tight and thank you all for sticking with me through this journey!

XX,

Hannah Rose 

 

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New Decade, New Goals, New Me

Hello beautiful babes!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and an even better kick-off to the new decade. It’s so crazy to think about entering a new decade, it feels like the past 10 years just flew by (kinda). So much has happened previously in 2019 and I have so much to be grateful for. I graduated from college with a degree I am so passionate about. I became a PYM girl. I had an internship with a creative agency I was completely in love with. I made a big move to a new state with Nick. I struggled mentally with finding a job right out of school. I ended up landing a position in a worldwide media marketing agency. And finally, ended the year getting engaged to my best friend and college sweetheart! Yes, Nick and I are officially engaged and we are both so excited! You can check out my Instagram for the adorable pictures taken by my sister and catch up on everything we have been doing since then.  Needless to say, it has been an exciting year full of lots of love and excitement! I have been so pumped for 2020 and this year I want to accomplish the resolutions I have set in place for myself. I feel like every year I make all these unrealistic goals for myself and nothing ever is seen all the way through. This year, I want to keep it real with myself and focus my energy on goals that I am excited for and confident I can complete!

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Be better at budgeting

Now that Nick and I are engaged and apartment hunting, something that has been on my radar for a while now. This is not to say that we are bad at budgeting my any means, we just want to improve the system we have already put in place and be smarter with our spending!

Cook one new thing once a week

Both Nick and I LOVE to cook and recently we have not been able to cook from home as much as we wanted to which is why I want to change that this year. I have already started pinning new recipes and different cuisines we can start trying together!

Practice better time management

Even though I have been enjoying my new job, I have noticed a drastic difference in how I use my time outside of work. Since my commute in and out of the city takes up most of my day, I have become a lot lazier when I get home which doesn’t allow me to enjoy other activities that may bring me joy. I have decided that this year, I want to use my downtime in a more productive way instead of just laying around. This could mean doing a quick at-home workout, writing, or meal prepping lunch for the next day. I just don’t want to lay around every night after work anymore and I think this is a good habit to start in 2020!

Collect more plants + learn proper care

I love taking care of my plant babies and this year I would love to collect more! I also want to become more knowledgeable about plant care so I can keep them all alive LOL. If anyone has any recommendations for easy plants to start with, let me know & I would love to check them out!

Explore new cities with Nick

Nick and I are always talking about different places we want to visit but somehow we never get around to actually going. After Nick and I move into our new apartment and get settled, I would like to take some time for both of us to go explore new cities around us or travel to a new state. I’m super excited about this resolution!

Be more diligent maintaining brand partnerships

In 2019 I grew my brand more which was a very great accomplishment for me and this year I want to continue that growth. I am making a promise to myself to be better at posting on this blog more consistently, creating content more regularly for my social pages and being more diligent about maintaining brand partnerships. I can’t wait to kick this off!

Make fewer excuses

The past few years this has been something on my list of goals to accomplish and every year, I always end up horrifically making excuses for why I can’t do something. Well this year, I am making this a priority in my life. If I want or need to do something, I can’t keep making excuses as to why I can’t. If I say I’m going to workout one night, I’m going to work out. If I say I’m going to sit and plan out content for the following week, then I will sit and plan out content. I am making a vow to myself not to let excuses dictate my future success in life!

Cut down screen time

Nothing kills me more than getting the notification on my phone about my screen time the past week. I know we live in a world where we are surrounded by reasons to look at our phone but this year, I would like to cut my screen time down by half. I want to be able to sit and watch a show with Nick without having to check in on the latest updates on my social media. Especially at night after working all day, my goal is to plug in my phone, set alarms for the morning and leave it alone for the rest of the night.

Receive a promotion at work

This is more of a personal goal than a resolution, but I am hoping by the end of the year, I can move up in my position at Starcom!

Remove any negativity from my life

I started this resolution last year and I have to say things really took a turn for the better because of it. I told myself last year that I wouldn’t put up with any negative energy or people in my life and once I told myself that I found myself in a much happier state of mind! If there is any resolution I can recommend to you, it’s to stop feeding time and energy in people who don’t reciprocate the same back to you. All of us can better ourselves and lifestyle, by cutting out the negative energy that is surrounding us!

I know this post is a little late, but I was so excited to share it with all of you. 2019 had a lot of positives and negatives but I am looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for meself and all of you! Cheers to the people who love us, the losers who lost us, and the lucky ones who still get to meet us. Happy new decade everyone!

XX,

Hannah Rose

 

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