At 14, my dad asked me what I was interested in. He specifically wanted me to start thinking about interests that would help me decide my major in university. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, and if I didn’t have controlling parents I probably would’ve entered university undecided. Luckily for me (typed with a sprinkle of resentment and regret), my parents have zero chill. To give the short version of this story, I ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Not because I found my passion in business, but because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do.

Most people don’t know what they want to do. Don’t worry…you still have time.

My friends often offered these words of encouragement to console me, and it worked for a period of time. The only problem was that I am now 26. I’m 26 years old, and I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I felt like I was having an identity crisis and I may still be lost, but here are some things I learned about myself and life in the past couple weeks:

I blamed my parents for planting the seed of doubt in my mind. I let that seed grow into a mindset that I can’t do certain things, that I am not enough, and that I’m out of time/too old. Although some of these feelings won’t go away without therapy, I can’t let blame my parents for decisions that I’ve made for my life. I chose to listen to them. I chose to put everyone else’s wants before mine. I chose to live a life led by fear. I am an adult that made these decisions.

I am a thinker. When presented an opportunity or problem, my mind runs through hundreds of possibilities. Although this doesn’t sound that bad, I often get ahead of myself and start worrying about problems that haven’t even occurred. I lose track of the real problem and the factors that are actually in my control. My friend helped me realize that most of my problems stem from one source. If I can identify that source and focus my energy on correcting it, everything else will fall into place.

It is never too late unless you are dead. You’ll never be younger than you are at this very moment. Two depressing sayings that can either light the fire under my butt or send me to a deep, dark place.

So, this blog is my beginning and middle. It is the journal that lets you follow me on my journey to live happily. To achieve this, I will get my personal finance in order and travel. I will briefly touch on some financial tips & strategies I am using to save and invest money.

If you have read to this point, you are awesome! Thank you so much, and I hope you will join me on this journey.