A year ago this month I was sitting on the couch, thinking about a conversation I had earlier in the week with a wonderful woman I know. We talked about choices and making decisions. I remember sitting there, thinking about all the choices that I had to make in the next year. All the decisions I needed to make and how these decisions would affect the rest of my life. I thought about school, work, finances… and suddenly I got so overwhelmed. I have to say, being an adult is hard.
As I sit here now, I think about all the plans and dreams I have for the next year. I have two semesters left before I graduate with my diploma in Business Marketing. I will be running my own Social Media Marketing business and working alongside some very successful individuals. The excitement of being able to plan and work towards a life of my very own takes over the fear and stress of the choices that I have to make.
One of the tools that I learned many years ago to manage stress was to make a list and from that list make goals. I cannot help but think about all the things I need to do, but instead of stressing me out, it just makes me super excited! Finish school, continue to work part-time, launch my business, and begin collecting clients.
There’s a saying that says “A goal without a plan is just a wish” and I totally understand that now. I have had so many goals to do so many things, but without a plan, they were just wishes. Without the plan, they never happened. Sometimes we need to take a step back and ask ourselves if what we are doing today is getting us closer to where we want to be tomorrow.
So what was the point of this little ramble? Everyone has wishes… Most even have goals. I want to encourage all of you, those in high school, college or university, and even those who are past this point, to think about your plans for the future. Are they wishes, or are they goals? Take some time today and decide where you want to be tomorrow.
Nichole is a Social Media Marketing Manager, student, daughter and friend. She’s working on her Marketing Diploma and has a Certificate of Christian Theology. She is an avid coffee lover who enjoys a good movie or book. She takes great joy in organizing, scheduling, and volunteering. Her passion for volunteerism extends specifically to those who are hurting, whether it is emotionally, physically, or mentally.
Nichole is certified to provide Mental Health First Aid, which means she can provide immediate support and guidance in a safe environment, comfortably have a conversation about mental health related issues and offer professional and other supports. This does NOT make Nichole a psychologist, or a counselor. It simply gives her the tools to direct people to the help they need.