As a new year and new decade approach, I decided to write down my goals, like everyone else in the country, but instead of sharing those just yet– I’d like to share: I am happy with what I have.
I am happy to have…a family that supports my dreams, even if they do not get them or they cost money. My real family and those friends that have become family. Moving across Texas and then across the country isn’t easy but it is far easier when you know you can call home (daily) and get the same support.
I am happy to have…friends around me keeping me grounded. If you know me, I am the person that “keeps their circle small”. I have a small group of friends from each place I have lived and those individuals make my heart happy. I love them and support them– the best part is, they love and support me even when my Enneagram 8 comes out. Find people that will tell you the truth even when you don’t want to hear it and find people that will support you even when your ideas are crazy. Limit your time with those that doubt your dreams, family or not.
I am happy with my career. I chose a non-traditional career. Simply put I work everyday, limited days off, holidays, and whatever comes up–welcome to college athletics– but I can say that I am happy that I get to teach sports nutrition to some amazing athletes. I get to know them as people, I get to support their dreams, I get challenged by them daily, but to witness a Triple Crown, back to back individual NCAA championships, most tripe-doubles for an athlete male OR female (it was done by a female), final four appearances or even them taking their vitamins without me asking or coming back from being in the NBA to tell me they take their vitamins now is worth it. They all deserve fruit snacks for their efforts.
I am happy with a roof over my head, even if rent continuously goes up, food to eat and the countless small things I take for granted everyday. I usually travel somewhere to help those in need to remind myself of these things but when I look around I can see that the smallest things are what make me happy: reading a book, sleeping in, working out, drinking coffee, Christmas, birthday’s (I love mine), a good hair day, snail mail from my mom, a text from an old friend and voicemail’s from my dad.
As this year is ending, I challenge you to sit and see, what are you happy with?
PS: those that really want to just write out their goals to jump start the new year, DO IT! There’s nothing wrong with taking new year motivations to achieve new goals but remember “you can’t receive anything, if you’re hands are full.” I am a full believer in goals and never settling but I am starting to believe if we don’t appreciate what we have then how are we going to appreciate whats to come?
ROAM in 2020.