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My birthday was Saturday and I turned 23 years old! My best friend asked me to sum up being 22 in one phrase, and I would have to say that it was a year of trial and error. I put my hand in so many different things (which was overwhelming sometimes!) Some of these things worked out, and some didn’t. Some things I ended up loving and some I hated! ย I actually started this blog a few weeks after my 22nd birthday, my first post being about how much I disliked the club and didn’t want to go for my birthday (this still stands! Talking about this more a little later in this post.)

22 was my first year as a college graduate, and that can be a bit challenging. You’re expected to go to college and immediately start working a 9-5 job of some sort. I’ve expressed on this blog that I don’t think I’m a 9-5 type of person, but that doesn’t meant that a 9-5 wouldn’t be perfect for someone else. On my freelance writing journey, I’ve had an epiphany of what I REALLY ย want to do career wise. It was a “DUH, India!” moment for me, but I don’t think it’s something that my friends and readers would expect. (I promise, I’ll talk more about this later!) What I will say now is, a lot of the career visions I’ve had and career goals I’ve made this year were more about reaching ‘success’ than about doing what I actually love. And that’s something I want to change this year as a 23-year old ๐Ÿ™‚

My birthday was great!! It was definitely low-key, and I had slight anxiety about what I should do for my birthday. Do I need to plan a big birthday bash? Go to a party? A bar? A vacation? I was getting more stressed out about having a cool answer to the question of “What did I do for my birthday” than actually doing what I wanted for my birthday. So I immediately got THAT mindset out of the way and did exactly what I wanted to do. Eat, shop, and hang out my boyfriend, family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

I feel like my biggest goal last year was achieving success in the career field and blogging world, so much that it was driving me a bit (more) crazy. As a 23-year-old, I want to focus more on cultivating and improving friendships and relationships: with God, family, boyfriend, friends, and everyone else. I’m an introvert, but I don’t want that to stop me from making relationships LAST! I feel like everything else will fall into place.

I’m so excited to continue experiencing being a 23-year-old! ๐Ÿ™‚ For those of you who’ve had a birthday recently or have one coming up, what do you want to do differently being a year older? How would you sum up this year in one phrase? I’d love to hear this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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