I have decided to make 2019 the year of personal growth. I arrived in Santa Barbara 1.5 years ago, not knowing what the future held. Now I am in my fourth and last semester in this city, and I can’t tell you enough how much it has changed me.
Last year was a challenge in many ways. I was figuring out which path to take and what my opportunities were. When you live in a community with such diversity in goals and values, it is easy to lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish, which leads you to settle for less. I think a part of moving to another country is getting to know the local culture, and to be honest, for me it took a while. Finding your place and role can be hard when you are not even sure of what you are reaching for yourself. Luckily for me, I have found people along the way that have helped me establish a new mindset of growth and gratitude.
This year I will continue living a wholesome lifestyle, focusing on bettering myself and those around me. I hope to never lose sight of my goals, and consistently work towards what I want in the future. This year I will focus on my mental and physical health, to be the best version of myself that I can be. I will also try to serve the community as much as I can. If you ever feel like you need new insight, my best tip would be to do something outside of your usual daily routine. In todays society it’s too easy to feel like you are the center of the universe, but realizing that there is something bigger than yourself can be a breath of fresh air. Your personal problems seem insignificant, and you start valuing all the things you can bring to the table!
For instance, in 2018 I founded the Women’s Empowerment Club at SBCC, with a desire to make a difference on campus. I wanted to create a community for women who are striving to inspire and motivate others. A healthy environment is SO crucial for your mental health, and sometimes you have to get out there to find those who bring out the best in you. My goal is that we will serve the community together this year, while advocading for more openness around mental health! (If you are a Vaquero, and want to join us, click here)
☀ To a bright and positive 2019, no matter where you are in the world and who you aspire to be!