How to prepare for your future

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As thrilling as your 20’s are they are also a time period mixed with a ton of other emotions. One day I feel completely confident and secure (chanting you got dis, in my head) the next minute I’m filled with fear because I have no clue exactly what I’m doing with my life. And so the cycle continues year 21, I have plenty of time to figure things out, year 23 I’m in a serious relationship feeling like I’m about to get engaged and planning my life with someone, year 25 I’m single, but completely happy about it, and finally and currently year 26, still single and still happy about it. This 26-year-old is about to start grad school, just got a promotion at work, and lives in a gorgeous (affordable, cause we all know that the cost of living is like) place in the bay area!

Ask me how I planned/prepared for it, I have no idea. As much as I feel like you have to work hard for what you want I very much also believe that sometimes life just happens (well not really just happens, gotta give props to the big guy upstairs) but for all intents and purposes it feels like life just happens. Last year around this same time, I was going through a rough time and having a lot of anxiety. I was struggling to get out of my crappy relationship but also trying to figure out my own life goals. I desperately wanted to go to grad school but had no clue what I wanted to major in. You see, I had this vision for my life. Career women, working in a the healthcare industry, having the authority to make necessary and needed changes toward healthcare reform, but also remaining connected to underserved populations that make up the majority of the world around us. How could I possibly know what major to choose to get me from here to there?!? The answer is I didn’t, and I still don’t. I decided to go with my passion and apply to Master’s in Social Work Programs. Don’t be a Social Worker they said, you won’t make a lot of money they said, it’s a flat career I was told. Well, guess what, it’s happening. I will be part of the graduating class of 2018 (Yes, I know. Hella long.)

The best advice that I have gotten to this day about trying to have all the answers and always have peace of mind about decisions was from my mom. She said, “Amanda, don’t invite trouble.” Pretty much meaning, why worry about it right now when there is currently nothing to worry about. Why worry about answers that I won’t have until I get there. All in all, the most important thing I am doing for my future is working hard and trusting my instincts. There is no real answer on how to prepare for your future so for now I am living life passionately, unapologetically and not following all the advice that is given to me. Sometimes you have to figure things out for yourself.  The bottom line is that I’m kicking ass and taking names all at the ripe age of 26 and I am currently progressing toward my life goals.  If I happen to make a wrong decision along the way, I’m sure it won’t be the end of the world and of it ism Kierra has already promised to hire me as her assistant with a room in her house so I’m pretty much set (for real, thanks friend.)   

amanda again

 

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7 Comments

  1. Kelly
    May 20, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Don’t invite trouble. SO important!!!! Love that tip – I need to be reminded of it often.

  2. Rachel
    May 20, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    A lot of times my planning starts with things my mom has told me, especially the things I didn’t want to hear at the time. But this is a great lesson! Good for you for making the necessary changes to get to where you want to be despite what others said or thought!

    • 09kierra@gmail.com
      May 20, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      thanks! It’s so interesting that the older I get the more I realize my mom was right!

  3. Eleanor
    May 20, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Love “Don’t invite trouble” – I am definitely an offender here!

    • 09kierra@gmail.com
      May 20, 2015 / 4:16 pm

      I think we all are! It’s definitely something I have to practice!

  4. May 21, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I commend you for listening to your gut and ignoring the naysayers. You got this!

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