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Sherri Hill Rose Gold Jumpsuit from Bella Boutique (wearing a size 4 – fit a little loose!)
Today is devoted to listening to Taylor Swift's "22" on repeat and popping open a champagne bottle (or two) with no regards that it's a Tuesday. It's November 7 and that means I'm celebrating another year full of memories and wisdom and I'm looking forward to what 22 has in store. Speaking of wisdom, in my past 22 years of life I've learned quite a bit and wanted to share with you all a few pieces of wisdom that I think is useful for anyone no matter what age! So cheers to birthdays and rose-gold sequin jumpsuits – here are some of the most important things I've learned in the past 22 years of my life:
I once read an account of a man who miraculously lived after attempting suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. In his suicide note, he wrote that he would not jump if a single person smiled at him that day. After reading this, I make sure to smile to at least one person a day, no matter how bad my day is going. This story resonates within me as a single smile has the power to change someone’s life. You can read more about this man, Kevin Hines, and his powerful story in this Buzzfeed article here.
Failure is not an ending point.
I believe the concept of failing to be subjective, meaning it's up to you to decide whether this lack of success is a stopping point or a stepping stone into something unknowingly better. I think we all know by now that life isn't one straight-shot journey, so why not view our "failures" as reminders of something better yet to come?
It’s ok to put yourself first.
As simple as it may sound, this is one of the most difficult realizations I’ve had to come to during my lifetime. It is of utmost importance to put your personal wellbeing before those of others. This may sound selfish at first, but it is quite challenging to put forth effort into other’s wellbeing when yours is lacking itself. At the end of the day, you need to be in a good place first before trying to bring others to a good place as well.
“I love you, but I love me more.”
These lines are from Samantha Jones of Sex and the City and are honestly some of the most guiding words for me. Going back to the concept of putting yourself first, sometimes this becomes lost during a relationship, whether with a friend or significant other. There becomes a point when you may realize that focusing your entire heart and soul on making the other person happy is quite frankly destroying your own happiness, especially when you may be putting 110% and he or she is only putting in 50%. While there is a sense of comfort in leaving things as is, I promise the best decision you can make is to love yourself more and pull yourself away from situations like these. Loving yourself fully is far more rewarding than being constantly beaten down by someone who cannot see your worth.
Life is way too short.
Life is way too short to care about what others think. While this has been repeated to me many times before, I did not truly grasp this until recently. This is the premise of why I started Golly Miss Molly and trust me, I had several moments of doubt and hesitation before finally biting the bullet and creating this blog. I have too many dreams to chase during this one life and I’m not going to let someone else dictate whether or not I achieve those or not!