Life changes, oh my!

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Well hellooo strangers! Long time no see! I am still alive and well, I promise, I just have been neglecting this blog. There’s no excuse besides just life. And man oh man, life has changed since I last wrote a post.

First of all, Happiest of 2019!! Can you believe that it’s TWENTY NINETEEN?! How did that happen? I swear, 2018 just went by in a blink of an eye.

2019 is starting out to be a year of transitions for me. First of all, I now have a full time job (YAY).  I went back to my job that I had 10 years ago when I first graduated college. Is it the ideal position? No but it is the ideal company for me, at this moment of my life. I am so grateful to be back to having a reliable paycheck, benefits, and just overall better financial health. I have lofty goals within this company and I am so so excited to see where I can go (up and up, that’s the goal) the second time around :).

Second, which is the biggest life change, I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL! For nursing! Like whhhaaa?? I am currently doing the pre-reqs and should be able to apply for the actual program next year , so please wish me luck! I’m having to train my brain to be a student again. Why did I decide to go back to school , you might ask?  Bottom line: I want to be able to have a job wherever I go. And I believe that when you’re a nurse, you will have an easier time finding a job than let’s say a marketing job in a town saturated with marking people and businesses. But that’s just been my experience (the marketing job , not being a nurse, at least not yet 🙂 )

So, suffice to say, 2019 has started with a bang for me and I am excited to see where else this year will take me.

How about you?? I want to know how your new year is starting. Let me know what you’re hoping to accomplish this year. I can’t wait to know!

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Let’s be adventurers!

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I love this quote so much because you can find adventure from anywhere if you’re open to it. Right now, I am on this amazing adventure called life. It’s not the easiest to move from an established community (aka home) to a state where you barely know anyone. I needed to build a new circle, meet new people. All I can say is that thank god I’m an extrovert {introvert}!

7 months later, I am feeling home in my new state of North Carolina. I have my routine, new friends, new hangouts. I’ve been lucky that my new city has felt welcoming. Here’s some lessons I’ve learned the past several months:

  • Faceboook Events – Thanks the heavens for social media. I checked out facebook events every weekend when we first moved here (and I still do!) and that’s how I was able to find out about what was happening in my new city. It’s where I first found out about Alisha’s Wise Women Wednesday events! I went to her first one a couple of months ago, didn’t know anyone, left feeling grateful that I went as that’s where I met some new friends! I also met local female entrepreneurs who are just super inspiring to be around!
  • Explore Explore Explore! – I feel lucky that we found an apartment in downtown Greensboro (even if it’s really only one long street ha) so I am able to walk around, explore new cafes, shops, bars, etc. When we first moved here, I was able to just walk around to explore our new surroundings. Found out where the local co-op was, the library, the parks, the breweries, etc.
  • Workout! – I needed to find a new fitness routine/community stat. I was pretty involved with my gym back in MN and missed being part of a community like that. So I tried a couple crossfit gyms and several yoga studios. I ended up joining the local YMCA because a) CHEAP b) got me back into running c) it’s literally a 5-10 min walk from our apartment and then joined Radiance Yoga for my namaste fix. If  ou’re ever in Greensboro, you MUST check this yoga studio out! I love love love love the instructors there!

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone is never easy but I chose to look at it as a positive thing. I looked at it as a new adventure with my life partner aka husband and we get to experience it together!

What about you? Have you ever had to move to a new city? What was your experience like and do you have any lessons you want to share?

Until next time!
xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

 

ESFP

Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are?  How was your personality shaped?  What does your personality say about you?  What are your strengths? weaknesses?  Why one thing could be such a big deal to someone and not a big deal to you and vice versa?  Whoa that was a lot of questions #sorryNotsorry :p

I swear I was going somewhere with that…

So speaking of your personality, have you ever heard of the Myers-Briggs personality test?

The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

I am always down to take personality quizzes and tests so of course I had to find out my personality type.  I remember taking the actual test years ago at my old job and wanted to know if I would still get the same type now.  So I googled.  Because even though I wanted to take it, I was not willing to pay :p  I found 16personalities.com and took that quiz there.  and lo and behold, I did indeed get the same personality type as I did years ago according to this quiz.

Apparently, I am an “ESFP” Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Perception.  When I read how they started the description of this type, I knew that it was not a mistake.

If anyone is to be found spontaneously breaking into song and dance, it is the ESFP personality type. ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style.

If you know me in real life, you know I’m always singing and dancing… randomly.. embarrassingly sometimes.  But hey, it’s just my ESFP ok!!?

Here are some other points about this personality type that I thought was dead on about me:

ESFPs are known for their irrepressibly social and excited attitudes. They don’t internalize much of anything, sharing it all with their extensive circles of friends with wit, style, enthusiasm, and optimism. ESFPs are explorers of the pleasures of life, and they take particular pleasure in sharing those experiences with others. For ESFPs, there’s no point in living if you can’t feel alive.

I’m loud, outgoing, and enthusiastic about everything.. what can I say? :p

Conflict-Averse – ESFPs sometimes ignore and avoid conflict entirely. They tend to say and do what’s needed to get out of such situations, then move on to something more fun.

ME TO A T.

Poor Long-Term Planners – In fact, ESFP personalities rarely make detailed plans for the future. To them, things come as they come, and they rarely bother with taking the time to lay out steps and consequences, with the belief that they could change at any moment – even with things that can be planned.

um yes.

Making new friends isn’t a problem for ESFPs though – they use an alluring combination of blunt truths and disarming openness and charm to keep things moving. Where ESFP personalities falter is in keeping the friends they already have. In their excitement and focus on here and now over history, ESFPs too easily exhaust the adventure one person has to offer, moving on once one person’s novelty has worn off.

That last sentence.  So true about me.  It’s something that I’ve realized about myself the past couple of years.  I think that’s why I don’t like to hang out with the same people too much because I don’t want to “easily exhaust the adventure”.  But I also have those friends that I’ve had for years, where we might not see each other for a while, but then get together and it feels like nothing has changed at all.  Strange, right??

It’s uncanny how reading about this personality type makes me gasp and say “Omg that is so me!”  If you would like to see what personality type you are, check out the quiz here: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

Let me know which one you get in the comments, kk?

words of affirmation

I don’t know about you, but I love quotes.  Give me all the typography, motivational posters, inspiring “go get it, life is good” quotes, I heart them all.  No wonder that my love language is “words of affirmation” (and probably why I find myself working even harder in a workout class when the coach says “Good job Susel!”.. just love me with your words, that’s all I ask haha ❤)

It’s also not a surprise that my favorite pinterest board is my quotes board.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes I’ve pinned so far ☺

 

 

What about you?? Share your favorite quotes with me in the comments, kk??

 

 

change.

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Have you heard of the 5 love languages ?  I took their little quiz and it turns out that my love language is “Words of Affirmation”;  no wonder I am obsessed with pinning every single quote I see on pinterest :p

So when I read this quote, I was immediately drawn to it.  Life is too short .. you want to be living it.. and not just existing.  Easier said than done, I know.  Change can be scary, change can be hard, but change can also be exciting and fabulous!

Take me for example.  After working 7 years at a company, the first job I’ve ever had after graduating from college, I was starting to feel restless, unchallenged, and unappreciated.  I knew I needed to leave but my head was full of doubt; What if I don’t find anything else?  What if I don’t find something that will pay the same?  What if I don’t like my new coworkers?  But I took the plunge, as uncomfortable as it was at first, and started looking for other opportunities, and I am so happy that I took that first uncomfortable step.  Turns out that yes, you can find another career path, and you do meet new amazing people!

Another thing I am mindful about is my time.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before “time is precious” but it’s definitely resonating with me now than ever before, because let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger!  I want to spend my time with the people that I love, traveling more, exploring my passions {animals, fitness, nutrition}, and not waste any time on anything that will not help me grow as a person and live a life that I’m obsessed with!

What about you?  Are you living the life you’re obsessed with?  If not, what’s stopping you?