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A few months ago I had an epiphany. I wanted to really live and not just exist. It was time to let go of the mundane, routine schedule that had somehow become my life at such an early age and finally live my life as if I really cherished it. My 9-5 was not only boring me, but stressing me to the point I didn’t even want to hang around myself, so I’m sure others felt the same way. I had grown quite comfortable in my current city of residence and seemed to be in a rut or an indefinite standstill; then there were the tons of dreams and goals that I often tried to forget only to be reminded of them when I least expected it. It was time for a change. I remember constantly hearing the words of Jay-Z replay in my head, ‘this can’t be life’. It was time to begin living!

As women, it’s easy to neglect our dreams and even happiness as we tackle the demands of everyday life.  Our lives can become routine with rare peeks of excitement that we depend on to keep us going. Ultimately, everyone (in their right mind) wants to be joyful and enjoy life. We think about it, dream about, and even talk about it often with our girlfriends; yet for some strange reason we do the same things, but expect different results.

We expect to live a fulfilled life but we’re too afraid to follow our dreams. We hope to become more financially comfortable but we continue to spend loosely on things we know we don’t need (usually to supplement boredom or unhappiness). We even hope to be found by Mr. Right, but unless he’s at our job or secretly hiding in our apartment, he won’t ever see us. The point I’m trying to make: if you’re simply just going through the motions of your life and seem somewhat unfulfilled, it’s time to make a change. It’s time to live your life like it’s golden.

Of course it’s easier said than done. Most can’t neglect responsibilities to become a starving artist in New York City, although that’s been their childhood dream. It’s easy to see what you want to do but it’s a lot harder to actually do it; but it’s important to figure out what you want out of life, what you’re willing to sacrifice (everything comes with a bit of temporary sacrifice), and what would make you feel fulfilled?

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