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“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”—Kyle Chandler

This quote is everything. Nothing compares to a hard earned accomplishment; one where you pave your own path, build up the terrain about said path, and then maintain it. I am on a high from graduating soon yes, and open to the possibilities of what's to come. Optimism is my best friend and I cannot wait to knock heartily on some doors.

The hardest part to most anything is the beginning. Working out, starting a new job, a business, it's all difficult initially. But really, once the first door is opened, it's easier from there. I have so many ambitions and things I want to add to my list of doors knocked down. Out of everything learned this past year from school, I am most thankful to have learned that possibilities are endless and it really is a world where you can do anything you want, as long as you put the time in for it. Simple as that.

So, in effort to keep me accountable on some goals, I am enlisting the ol'blog world's help. Here, in no particular order, is a list of 2014 doors to take down with a sledgehammer:

1. Being a diligent blogger. More present, more trying to grow myself as a personal writer, more just blogging. I love the blogging community and follow so many amazing writers who inspire my own ambitions every day. What I love about blogging is that there is a space for anyone willing to put in the time and effort. There is room for everyone and I admire the ladies who show up to each of their corners of the web every day. I am motivated to secure my nestle.

2. Running. I am so ready to be a runner. One who gets up and starts the day or ends it with a good, hearty run. I have tried many workout routines over the years and found what I love and what I do not, but this is more than that. I aim to use running as the opportunity I need to keep a clear head, brainstorm amongst myself, and let the feel good physical qualities of running provide mental comfort as well.

3. Business ventures. This part I will leave a bit vague because quite honestly, the vision is still vague. I have outlines but the point is to grow the outlines. For having less to share on this goal, I am quite possibly the most excited for it.

4. Make sure to stop and smell the Peonies. Gardenias. Roses. Sunflowers. What have you. If it's fresh and filling this world with natural beauty then I am willing to contact my allergist to recoordinate our attack on my breathing issues if it reminds me to slow it down. Goals are good but without rest and appreciating "little" things, how can you possibly contribute your own good fully?

5. I want to get more involved with celebrating my city and the arts in it. This became more apparent to me while watching the Golden Globes honestly. There is so much time and effort that goes into exhibits, shows, performances, and I want to know about them. Over the years, through my freelance writing gigs, I have definitely participated in awesome things within The City Beautiful but like Ariel sings in The Little Mermaid "IIIIII wantttttt moreeeeee." (Love that song, dammit).

So this is it. As Kevin Gnapoor from Mean Girls once said, let's do this thang. Knock, knock.

Til we meet again,


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