Hello, December! This is going to be a huge month for me. I’ve been a little absent from the blog the last month because I’ve had big things going on in my life.
Firstly, for four weeks I interviewed for my dream job with multiple rounds of interviews. It was a long process, but I’m ecstatic to say that I GOT THE JOB! You’re looking at a new, fully remote Editor for Red Ventures’ Higher Education vertical!
After working in my University’s communications department while I was in college, I wanted to find a similar job after graduating because I loved working in education. I’m sharing this because I want others with chronic illness to see that it is still possible to find a job and have a career that you love despite your health conditions. Don’t give up all your dreams because of a diagnosis, and don’t lose hope! You may have to alter a few details (such as myself seeking a remote job over one fully in-person) but your dreams can still come to fruition.
Secondly, I got my tonsils removed a little over two weeks ago. Let me just say, after dehydration and bleeding complications (and a hospital stay!), healing has not been an easy ride. But don’t worry! I’m doing much better now.
But as I said before, December is going to be huge for me since I’m starting my new job next week! Of course, I have a healthy mix of excitement and first-day jitters. Who wouldn’t? With that in mind, I picked a quote for this month based on having confidence.
“Visualize your highest self and start showing up as her.”
*I found this quote on Pinterest and could not find a source. The quote is not mine.
The words in this quote really resonate with me right now. Whenever I start to feel nerves overtaking my excitement for starting my new job, I think of this quote. Really, it reminds me of the other popular saying, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” If we can picture the confident, successful individual we wish to be and start showing up as them, then we’re one step closer to transforming into that highest version of ourselves. It all starts in our minds. Once we’ve made the intentional decision to embrace confidence and growth, action follows. And with action comes transformation.
But this quote doesn’t just have to apply to us when we’re embarking on new career paths.
Anytime we want to grow or improve ourselves in any facet of our lives—whether it’s our health, fitness level, career, side hustle, skills, expertise, you name it—we can implement these words. We can visualize that version of ourselves slaying whatever it is that we want to undertake and then show up to get it done.
For example, maybe you want to increase your lower body strength. Close your eyes and picture yourself with strong, defined legs that can power you through any workout or help you fend off dizziness while you stand. Then start incorporating some lower body workouts into your exercise routine to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Personally, I’m going to start visualizing myself confidently working at my desk as I take on this new job. As a perfectionist, starting new things is hard for me psychologically and that’s why my confidence can get shaky. But if I believe in myself, my value, and my skills, then I can make anything happen. And so can we all!
So, for the month of December, I challenge you to take on something new that will help you become the best version of yourself. Visualize yourself killin’ it as this new and improved version. Then get up (slowly, if you have POTS! Hehe.) and get to work materializing this vision!
Wishing everyone a safe, merry, and confident December!