RECIPE: 5 ingredients for my 27 year old self

I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes — everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe.
— Audre Lorde
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Today is my 27th birthday.

And I'm excited to keep on growing into the woman I'm turning out to be. And though author Neil Gaiman's new year's resolutions continue to be words of inspiration that take me from one year to the next -- this year is one I feel more empowered than ever to take responsibility for my decisions + being held accountable for my actions. It is about damn time to nourish relationships with myself and with my loved ones. Where 26 was about exploration, this next year will be about enrichment.

Ingredients:

  • 5 quarts civic action + social justice

  • 4 pints culinary curiosity

  • 3 cups world travel

  • 2 fluid ounces music

  • 1 tbsp business

Stir + simmer by:

  • Dedicating more energy into Filipino + women's empowerment organizations (like Gabriela New York)

  • Developing a new creative skill: video editing (and making meaningful content)

  • Planning an international trip with a purposeful learning intention (Philippines)

  • Committing to music + artistic collaborative gigs + opportunities (be more proactive than reactive)

  • Improving business tactics (work smarter, not harder at my job and with my clients)

For the first time in my life, I know what I want out of it: building passionately + purposefully with meaningful people. I don't really care about networking and connecting en masse anymore. And it's all thanks to the soul-searching theme that seasoned my 26th year of living.  Choosing to let go of negative energy and toxic people polluting our experiences and opportunities for happiness is one thing, but choosing to accept their presence as challenges to learn from is a more strengthening form of interacting with them. Because let's face it: we cannot evade those kinds of people or those kinds of energies because they exist and take up space on this earth just as much as we do.  Rather, I encourage us to be weary of the ways of the world,  and then make lemonade out of lemons. Moving forward, strengthening reciprocal relationships are what I choose to matter the most to me *[friendships + family]* and especially, my relationship with my own self. Too often I am harmful and hurtful to me: I over-criticize and deprecate my failures and setbacks. In everything I do and in all that I touch, I must balance my approach with authentic intent, mindful impact, and humble accountability.

Fuck 2016. But, HELL YES to all the celebratory moments that shaped this past year. May the milestones below launch a strong 27th year, and beyond.

Soulfully

Creatively

Impactfully

Randomly

Professionally

And I'm just getting started. Thank you for reading!

JOURNALFLERINE