Happy Motivational Monday, loves! Last week was crazy so it feels like it has been an eternity since I wrote volume 7 – but here we are, just one week later, with volume 8. I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping up with this for so long. Haha! I am exhausted from this past week so I am going to keep this post short and get straight to the point – different paths
This past year, I learned that life is unpredictable. No matter how much you plan, it is going to do what it wants. Whatever is meant to be is what will happen – even if you don’t see it at the time.
You may start your journey on one path and then life throws a fork in the road, so you go to the left and then there is a curve and a winding road, a couple hills, etc until you are on a completely different path than the one you started on – and that’s okay.
Don’t worry about the twists and turns. Roll with them, climb the hill, and get to the other side. Take each hill and valley in stride.
Don’t compare your path with someone else’s. Your path is your own. It is what you are meant to follow. Remind yourself that –
This time last year, I had planned my life out to the T. Seriously, I was convinced that I was going to have a bunch of successful auditions in the spring, graduate in May, and either perform on a cruise ship or move to Chicago to audition for shows. None of that happened. Life threw me a curveball (in the form of HSP-Vasculitis) and my plans were put on hold. I was crushed.
My path was different than what I planned.
I felt lost.
I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t lost and that I could still follow my plan, just later than anticipated. Then, I found other dreams… This blog was born.
I graduate with my Masters in Musical Theatre in 4 days – later than planned but that’s fine. I’ve learned a lot in this extra semester. Now, I know I was meant to stay in school, study with new professors, and expand my horizons.
I have a full-time job in social media, marketing, and blogging set up for after graduation. A year ago, none of that was anywhere near my radar. I had tossed around the idea of blogging but never for a career – never as anything other than a way to write out my thoughts and share with friends. I never thought that Glitter & Grandeur would be as big as it is or that it could have gotten me this job.
My path is completely different than it was a year ago.
It is different from other people who have master’s degrees in musical theatre. It’s different from many people my age.
Sometimes I wonder if I have gotten lost – if by following this new path I am giving up on my dream of performing. Then I remind myself that I still love to perform and I still want to do that one day – but for now I am happy chasing my dream of writing. I will still practice, take lessons, and audition for shows. Now, I just get to earn a living in my other passion while doing it.
I have learned so much about myself, about what I want, about what is important to me, and about life in the past year. My path is very different and that is okay.
I hope this post inspires you to follow your own path. Don’t compare it to your friends’ or peers’. Forge your own way and follow your dreams. I believe in you.