Live Your Best Life Sis

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By Brea Finney

Every week I talk to my closest friends to catch up on everything from work and school to pop culture and relationships. As of March 2017, we have officially been alumnae from our respective universities for 10 whole months. Yet for some reason, it feels as if the door to being a senior in college was just a few days ago. Thankfully during this time, we've all blossomed into numerous avenues: new relationships in new cities with great jobs and budding social lives. In the grand scheme of things, it would seem as though we are on top of the world. In a sense, we are. We're employed in industries that we love and balancing everything else the best way that we can. Yet, something is missing and it’s a common theme among us. It's the overwhelming feeling of being in place that is stagnant. It's the feeling of wanting to do more, to be better, to have an answer to the bigger picture. What I've come to realize is that it is a reoccurring viewpoint, but one that is completely normal. Stepping into “adulting” full-time takes a lot of strength, but it's doable. Take these steps into mind the next time you feel the weight of the world on your shoulder.

Praise yourself. Every now and then you have to give yourself some credit. Whether you made it through a new week or crossed something off your to-do list, it is something to recognize. The acknowledgment alone can help you realize that even the smallest accomplishments are still a big deal.

Take the pressure off of yourself. You are doing the best that you can with the circumstances at hand. Putting yourself down or holding on to a mistake will only hinder you in the long run. Once something happens, embrace it, learn from it and then keep it pushing.

Live in the moment. Time is flying since we graduated, so don't take it for granted. We're already three months into 2017 and I have been taken every moment in.

Switch things up. If you're feeling stuck, then consider taking a different avenue. This could be switching a job, working out, eating better, having a balanced social life and even more. The possibilities are endless, so do not be afraid to take a chance on yourself to do what you truly have a passion about.

The time after college is all for self-exploration and finding what works best for you. Every day won't be amazing and every day will not leave you feeling down. This is the time you will never get back, so live your best life and know that it can only get better with time.

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