I have to tell ya, I started 2023 in a weird place.
I was feeling both emotionally and mentally worn out. I’m sure it was mostly due to the holiday season chaos, traveling (I city-hopped around Illinois for almost two weeks – all for really good things) and in short – attempting to keep up with myself. December was a lot, I don’t know that Ben and I had a free weekend throughout. Tacking on a sloppy New Year’s Eve followed by a family cruise was how I kicked off 2023.
Content from that cruise has been my best performing TikTok content to date. Sailing away for a long weekend was a fabulous way to kick off 2023 (no matter how exhausted I was).
I saw extended family that I haven’t seen in years, did shots with my uncles and sang along to songs with my mom at the ship’s 80’s party.
I’ll cherish the memories from this cruise for years to come. My family is still recovering from watching Ben and I in the Love and Marriage game show LOL. Yes, that show. Imagine auditioning and actually getting chosen to participate with almost 30 members of your family in the audience. Ben’s lucky he didn’t get thrown overboard by one of my uncles that night haha.
On the very last night of the cruise, I bet my only $25 gambling chip on the number 26 during a game of roulette. I could feel my heart racing as the tiny white ball made its numerical rounds. As soon as it found its landing slot, I couldn’t believe my eyes. That tiny ball found its home in a black slot right below the number 26. It freaking hit. Safe to say my casino night ended on a very high note.
By the time we docked back in Tampa, I could already feel the burn out approaching.
It didn’t take too long for it to completely set in and my body waved a white flag asking me to just take it easy for once. I hate to say it, but I knew I had to take the signs.
January was interesting because a lot of my days ended with me having almost no energy and that’s something I’m not used to. I tried my best to lean into it with movie nights on the couch. My workouts were the bare minimum too because I wanted to make sure that I closed my rings. I think the toughest part was trying not to beat myself up about not having a productive, routine-driven start to the year.
I kept telling myself that I could always bounce back when I was ready to.
Thankfully, by the end of January I could recognize myself feeling more like me. It was around that time that I knew I was finally ready to start embracing the new year. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the movie nights, but your girl was ready to feel motivated and get to it.
That leads me to here. Hi, welcome back to the blog.
2023, I’m excited to see where you take me this year. My word of the year is “lucky” and I intend to use it a whole heckuva lot. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.