Growing up, I always saw myself following in the path of my parents – married by 20, two kids by 26 – business owners.. the whole deal. Here I am, three-years-to-thirty, living home – single. But, I’m okay with this. More than okay – I’m happy.
Do you know how easy it would’ve been to marry my first boyfriend at 20, and have that life? But, I made the decision – in fact, I’ve made a series of decisions – that have gotten me to this point in my life today. Those people weren’t right for me and the time wasn’t either.
As far as careers go – I’ve always been a worker. I started working at 14 years old. And, really – never stopped. I have ran my own businesses since I was 21 years old. Five startups to be exact. Every single one of them failed. But, from every unsuccessful business, I have taken away a lesson. Each project, fueled the next. All of these projects, fueled my desire to be a business owner like my parents each individually are. And, finally – with my 6th attempt – I have a successful formula working for me now.
My point here is: life is NOT going to ever turn out how you think it will. Would 8 year old jpep be disappointed to know I’m not 3 kids deep by now? Probably. But, she’d love me anyway. ;) There’s going to be bumps in the road, there’s going to be twists – but, that’s what makes the journey that much more worth it. How very boring life would be – if everything turned out according to plan.
And, believe me I know.. It’s really easy to sit around and sulk about how you think everything SHOULD be – or question the what-if’s, had you made a different decision – or worry about where ‘society’ says you should be at this point in your life. But, don’t make that choice. Choose to be happy – choose to take a step every single day to your goal. Make a plan. Try your best to stick to it. Your life is all your own, and you’ve gotten yourself to whatever point you’re at now. Everything is as it should be. It is up to you to decide where you want to take it next – and HOW you’re going to get there.
Safe travels friends. <3