A Fresh, Clean 2019

I’ve been exploring balance in 2018. A clean canvas is one of the best gifts life gives us — an opportunity to start fresh.

Self-care x helping others

In the past I’ve always put others first. I’m learning to remain mindful and caring while also accepting that I cannot be everything to everyone. I need energy for myself to thrive.

Work x play

I’m learning to create SPACE AND TIME to think and reflect and separate time to just be and not think, if possible. The last part is my biggest struggle.

Truth x lies (plus the gray matter in between)

In the media I consume and create, I’m constantly navigating exaggerations and murky truths, along with the hard truths vs lies. This is where being thoughtful and asking questions plays an important role.

Inspirational x practical

I’m always seeking inspiration through art, music, theatre, dance, nature, design and new opportunities for discovery. The practical tasks, like job applications and pitching stories, are more tedious if I don’t allow room to breathe. Getting out from behind the desk is key to success.

Embrace the Journey

My life is not always predictable and practical. I’m continuing to find balance, but embracing not having a “career” that’s easy to define on paper. It’s an adventure, and I’m grateful for the small and big steps and constant new discoveries about the world and myself.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.”
-Anthony Bourdain

Reflect & Celebrate

I am sometimes overwhelmed by people’s positive comments because I know much work things take. and a lot of us are conditioned to focus on struggles over triumphs. But I’m grounded by the support of friends and family near and far, constantly cheerleading whatever it is I’m doing when I can’t always find a “rah rah” within myself. Honest questions and feedback help motivate me for new challenges.

2018bye

2018 was jfaksl%djfkfkcjkjlsjfij#$ overall.

I know I don’t need to explain that.

I’ve learned that I need outside support more than I used to admit. No one can do it alone.

I never thought I’d write inspirational quotes on post-its or constantly review goals, thoughts and feelings. But by doing that, I’ve become happier and learned to appreciate myself as much as I appreciate everyone else.

My journalism-y brain always wants to fact-check everything and review every detail. When I trust myself, the answers come.

Happy 2019!!! I can’t wait to see you in the New Year.

With love and gratitude,
Beth

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Inspirational Quotes from 2018

“Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. It takes a lot to change your plans and a train to change your mind.” -Bradley Cooper, “Maybe It’s Time,” A Star Is Born

“Ask yourself: what’s the story only you can tell?” -Kat Kinsman

“There is always opportunity in discovery.” -Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

“The secret to good cooking is hiding in plain sight.” -Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (show on Netflix)

“The tedium doesn’t force you to move on. It forces you to stay until it’s no longer tedium.” -Jerry Lewis, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

“To know where you came from makes it easier for you to get where you’re going.” -Quincy Jones, Quincy