Power of Change
Coming from a girl who spent her afternoons shopping at Barneys and tanning on her terrace, even I realized there was time for change. I wanted to become a person I could be proud of, not just make my parents proud, but myself. After 10 years of running my first line of jewelry, and after a tragedy too painful to discuss, I felt as if my life was slipping away from me. I decided it was time to change grow up, and take a new outlook on life.
After dabbling with marketing jobs, I returned to my true passion of design. Launching a line of bracelets with my friend was what motivated me. Its not about being selfish in life, but about putting yourself first sometimes, and making YOURSELF a priority again. When did it become ok we should ask to let others needs always come before ours. Whether it be a boyfriend, a best friend even family. Letting go of ones hopes and dreams is a sad reality many people face as they get older.
I joined the gym, workouts begin at 6:00 am, sometimes earlier. I closed the door to the terrace and opened the door to my future. A truly motivated person at heart, dragging myself out of bed came easily. Setting goals isn’t always easy and dreams can be hard to follow. Giving yourself a daily routine can be rigid at times, but you to begin to create a balance in your life. A true sense of self comes through hard work and determination. The gym was a good start, that leads to a road of happiness.
As the weight came off, my tune of life changed. I felt confident again. Newly single a sense of worth began to wash over me, and I was ready to reemerge myself into the jungle we all know as dating. Not easy to say the least, (where did the time go)? It was all so much easier just a few years ago! But with the support of friends and time I began to set the goals for myself I had always wanted. It takes a lot of time and work, but dreams can still be followed.
Forming a support team of friends who want the best for you is key. The ones that tell you that black dress is too tight and that maybe you could try accessorizing just a tiny bit more. The ones who tell you to wipe off the red lipstick, and hit the gym. If there not telling you how it really is, they should probably hit the road. Everyone makes mistakes in life, but learning and growing from them is all we humans can do.
Picking up that great book again, and letting go of the drama. Reducing stress and enjoy being a woman again. The power of change comes from within. Hard work never goes un noticed.
By Andrea Barna
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