Before I get started on my Holiday-fueled speel, I wish all of the readers of this blog a very happy holiday season! I hope that you and your loved ones are filled with joy, warmth, and all of the goodness that the Christmas season brings!
I am still in disbelief that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. It literally feels like I just got done putting away all the Christmas items from last year! It’s amazing how time flies; a fact I am finding out more and more to be true as I grow older.
This holiday season has been quite different from the past ones for me personally. So far it has been much more pleasant than last year with that pesky herniated disc I got gifted with back in 2016. I decided to take a moment to write this post before I pack my things to head back home for Christmas because 2017 opened my eyes, opened doors, and made me realize a few things I never thought I would be recognizing at 25-years-old.
The first couple months of 2017 were a blur. My New Year’s wish came true as I was successfully granted worker’s compensation for my injury. I underwent back surgery at the tail end of January, spending February, March, and most of April recouping and dedicating myself to physical therapy. I could walk 98% pain-free again and still can as of now!
Summer came and went, as I spent the wildly hot days drenched but blessed to be picked as a photography judge for various county fairs throughout the region. I also managed to book and capture numerous shoots in such as way that I honed my natural photography skills even more. There is a huge difference between the photos I shot last year to now!
One of the best doors that I managed to finally open through the heartache of a rare injury for my age was the opportunity to write for a living. While I have by no means made 6-figures like all those freelance writers you read about on renowned blogs, I am well on my way to paving that result for myself. Writing for several dead-end companies, creating over 200+ eBooks, spilling my heart and soul out on blogs as a guest poster, and coming across a few grand opportunities I will be taking with me into the new year, I can say I am pretty blessed with what I have learned and the experience I have gained so far in my writing journey! I never in a million years think I would ever have the chance to make any kind of money from my writing skills, but I have managed to prove myself, as well as others who doubted me, dead wrong.
I am unsure of what the remainder of the holidays and the start of 2018 will bring to my life, but I have a much more positive outlook on new beginnings than I ever have in my life previously. With my gradually growing career in writing, the start of a part-time side hustle I can manage to perform without pain, a recent engagement to my beautiful, ambitious girlfriend, and a newfound outlook on life, there is nothing else I could possibly ask for or want at this point in my young life! While I am not where I would really like to be, I am getting there, and that my friends, is progress.
No one can buy experience. No one is capable of wrapping and giving positive attitudes. No one can give you a gift card to purchase a new life. Take into account this holiday season that you are alive, and that in itself is a powerful gift! You are the only one that has the potential to change the direction of your life, and there is no greater gift than loving and believing in yourself!
I hope all of you have a happy holiday and a grand start to 2018! Thank you for reading my posts and I plan on writing more thoughtful posts for Mom and Student Blogger as we venture into the new year!