As I sit here writing this, I’m 30 years old and thriving in an emotional state that I couldn’t have imagined five years ago. I’m at peace with my feelings, I’m dependable and I’m focused. Five years ago, I would’ve never thought that I’d own my own business or that I would be capitalizing on my own ideas.
I didn’t think I was capable of showing up for myself. I didn’t know the first thing about taking care of myself five years ago. I was scared. My diet consisted of french fries and coffee and my only exercise was hitting snooze on an alarm. I avoided people and shied away from conflict. I was the girl who always had an exit strategy.
I tell you this to use myself as an example—as proof that we can turn our lives around. My new life began with seventytwo°. My biggest adventure and my greatest teacher has been this brand.
I’ve nurtured this brand as though it were my baby. I made a calendar for all of my meetings with suppliers, seamstresses and factories that would help me develop the collection. I befriended photographers and stylists—people who I now consider to be family—and created compelling, relatable campaigns. Work brought me closer to friends and introduced me to people that would show me the meaning of collaboration and partnership.
In hindsight, I can confidently say that I became the person I committed myself to being. I focused on the present and the past slowly disappeared along with my insecurities.
I took better care of myself and looked after my brand, pouring over it to make sure everything was at its best. I made small improvements in my personal life, too. I ate better, I stopped skipping breakfast and I made better choices. Though they might seem like insignificant changes, each one put me on a path to improvement. One good thing brings another, right?
What did I learn? That willpower is not finite and that discipline and determination can get you anywhere. I learned that attitude is everything and keeping a positive outlook can open doors for you. I hope this helps you. And if you still need a push, ask yourself: what did you do for yourself? How can you solidify that commitment to yourself a little more tomorrow?