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I recently celebrated my 22nd birthday on January 2. I was blessed to be able to spend the day with many people who are very close to me and I also get to see all my other close friends later on this weekend.

Birthdays have changed in meaning for me over the years. Of course when you’re younger, you’re excited about all the cool presents you receive and being able to celebrate with a big party and good food and whatnot. I feel like now, birthdays are a chance for me to look back on my year and think about what I want to do for this upcoming year (though, don’t get me wrong, I love parties and cake and good food!)

I’ve been reflecting a lot and the main thing that I want to focus on this year is giving back. I have so much time and potential that I can offer to those around me and I want to be able to dedicate myself to helping those who may not be able to help themselves or may need the extra boost of reassurance or confidence or love. I want to become a person that radiates positive energy to everyone in my life .

I also really want to develop myself creatively. At 21, I dabbled into some creative things, this blog being one of the major project I took on as a creative outlet, but I also want to try other things as well. I would like to develop my makeup skills and maybe even learn how to apply makeup well on other people to help make them feel even more beautiful and boost their confidence. I want to improve my writing and become a frequent poster. Like I said, I know I have a lot to offer, and the only way to prove that is to show it in any way I can. I want to give you guys even more quality content that you can genuinely learn from or take something away.

And lastly, I don’t want to hold myself back. In many instances in my life, I can recall not doing things because of this intense fear of failing, or not being good enough, or being judged by people for not doing something right. Now I realize that literally anything can be turned into a lesson. Stepping out of my comfort zone is quite intimidating to me, but I will never grow as a person if I’m always too scared or too shy to do something. A lot of the times, I am the only reason why I am held back from experiences, so I desperately need to work on developing an inner voice that is stronger than my fears.

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you could have been.

Anyways, happy new year you guys! I hope this year is prosperous and filled with many great times for you. And I hope to see and hear from you all more often. What are some of your new years resolutions or goals?

💖, B

PS. I also forgot to mention that as another creative project, I made a Project 365 Instagram account, where I’ll be posting a picture every day of the year and a little bit about my day or my thoughts for the day. If you want to check it out, my username is @365daysofbrittney. It’s a public account so anyone can follow it!

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