Nothing in Moderation

I started an internship this week with a startup tech company in Miami. I have a title, Public Relations Associate, and a work email. It all feels very grown up. Did I mention that I have no idea what I am doing?

The commute from Lake Worth is atrocious, but I think that it it worth it. The company is in a very exciting phase and the team I am working with is great. My hope is that this experience will teach me a lot and look great on my master’s program applications!

The fact that I went from working one day in December and no more than 8 during each preceding month to working 36 hours a week with a 3 hours commute each day on top of my studies does not surprise me. I am an extremist.

Take my travels for example. I went to NYC for the first time in the end of October. I fell in love with the city. I have been back twice since that initial trip and I am in the process of planning a trip for the beginning of February.

Or my yoga journey. I wanted to find something to help me learn how to focus my mind. It was suggested that yoga and meditation would be helpful, so I began doing yoga in October of 2012. By June of 2013 I was in a 9 week intensive teacher training program that required me to put in between 30 and 40 hours a week, including daily 6am group meditation, as well as give up television, music, meat, caffeine, and loud places for the length of the training.

You can even look at my concert going and see this excessive trend. I mean, if one night at Madison Square Garden seeing Phish is good, then 3 is much better! Black Taxi in Tennessee? Sure! Five shows in one week across the state? Of course!

My point here is that balance is difficult. I find something I like and then I want to do, see, eat, listen to, play with only that thing. One day, hopefully, I will get the hang of that mysterious thing called balanced. Until then though, I think that I will just enjoy the ride!

2013: The Year of Discovery

As I lie here, dying on the couch, I think back on the amazing year that was 2013.  I saw so much this past year and learned so many things about myself and the things that give me joy. My life has gone in a direction that I never would have imagined.

This time last year, I was in Savannah Georgia, freezing and grumpy, trying to make something work that simply could not. I don’t find it odd in the least that 2013 came in with travel and went out the same way.  I have found that I am a wanderer by nature. That life, for me, is best when I am out of my comfort zone. I love the rush that comes from landing in an unfamiliar city, alone, and having nothing to rely on but myself.  The self confidence that is gained by traveling alone has been invaluable to me. I now know that I can handle any situation that I find myself in, regardless of how new or scary it may seem.

I have found that my life does not have to look like the lives of those around me. This was a hard lesson for me to learn, but an important one. This knowledge has given me the freedom to follow my bliss wherever it shall take me.

I traveled a lot this year, as most of you know. My travels took me to many places, but the most important was New York City. I now know where my place is and have the motivation to reach for the stars.

I saw a ton of live music as well. Travel and music seem to go hand in hand for me. The most influential band that I was introduced to this year was Black Taxi. They don’t know it, but their music has honestly changed my life. My relationship with those guys has given me the courage to dream the dreams that I was afraid to even admit to myself. I will be forever thankful.

I suppose this is enough for the first of hopefully many posts. Happy New Year, y’all!

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