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    Personal Development Reflection

    The Biggest Millennial Soul-Searching Question I Asked Myself

    When I started this blog, it was meant to be a space to showcase my travels, to express myself creatively and to share the life lessons of a millennial fresh out of college. Right after I graduated, I looked forward to writing about my experiences and putting my thoughts and opinions out there for the interweb on Skyline Soul

    However, life has been putting me in a weird funk lately. I have been in a constant period of re-evaluating and re-assessing my life decisions, and I realized my heart was tugging me in different directions when it came to pursuing the things I was passionate about. This led to the decision to take a small break from blogging and social media. I enrolled in an online Design Fundamentals course from UCLA Extensions. I started getting more involved with hot yoga at Core Power and fell so in love with the practice that I extended my membership there. After Coachella this year, I worked on editing a vlog, which was something I hadn’t done in months and what I wanted to pick back up again. I was exploring and soaking in all my learnings and experiences. And why shouldn’t I? As a 22 year old who spent the last 4 years of college balancing multiple extracurriculars, internships and part time jobs, this exploration period was natural to me.

    But then one day, I was faced with the biggest soul-searching question of my post-grad life. “Am I an expert at the things that I love to do?”

    I was stumped. I thought of everything that I loved to do and what I thought I was good at. Some things that came to mind were photography, videography, editing, writing, storytelling and design. But the love and the levels of expertise were not aligned. To say I was an expert at all would be an exaggeration. I was too well-rounded to be good at anything.

    I came to an answer and conclusion: I have no expertise in anything, especially in the things I love the most. I love all things creative, but to call myself an expert in any of the things I loved would be a lie.

    The only thing I can call myself is a jack of all trades, a master of none.

    At first, my immediate reaction to this new revelation was to internally panic. Most people my age or younger were already so skilled in their craft of choice. I knew plenty of my peers who already spent years working on a wide portfolio of artwork to showcase. They cultivated their interests into something that could be worthwhile.

    However, I realized that I was falling for the comparison trap. My peers’ journeys are different from mine. “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” I am still continuing to grow during this process of adulting, and I have no regrets with how I spent my 4 years of college. Every moment of exploration was my own way of cultivating my interests. In the end, I am happy to have learned and dabbled in the things that interested me, and I am proud of myself for taking the leap to try and make this blog a valuable resource to the lifestyle and travel community.

    My goal now is to finish my design course, flourish my creative visual photography skills through Instagram, become more involved in the YouTube community, and blog once or twice a month when another travel adventure comes up. For now, I want to prioritize my personal life, my full-time job and my interests and passions that I feel will matter the most to me before I broaden my horizons with my blog.

    This is not a goodbye, but rather a departing, stepping stone to become the best possible version of myself.

    If you have read this far, I have a challenge for you — what are you an expert at? That’s great! Continue to cultivate that area, or step out of your comfort zone and find something new. You will be surprised at the high level of expertise you can hone in life.

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your days! ❤️
    Lifestyle Personal Development Reflection

    Turn Your New Year Resolutions into New Year Reflections


    Happy first Monday of 2017! I love this time of year because you can see a certain glow in people’s faces at the prospect of a new year. It’s an opportunity to start with a clean slate, set new goals for yourself and continue growing and learning from new experiences.
    A lot of my friends are especially excited to start afresh with 2017 since 2016 was a particularly difficult year for many. Although I do agree 2016 had its hard moments, I can’t help but feel grateful for all the good things that happened to me this past year. I owe that feeling mostly due to setting yearly goals and complementing them with a process of reflection. After reflecting on this past year, I feel like I have a clearer, deeper understanding of my long-term vision and how I can use my 2016 experiences as a stepping stone for more growth in 2017.
    I know creating New Year Resolutions is still a common practice, but only 8% of people actually achieve those resolutions. So instead of creating New Year’s Resolutions that may or may not be fulfilled, turn them into New Year’s Reflections!
    My two resources for reflection are Passion Planner and Lavendaire. I love the Passion Planner because it has already made reflection a habit for me since there is a monthly reflection space within the planner itself.
    Lavendaire also has a great blog post on 5 ways to create an amazing New Year. Although her blog post was written in 2015, the questions are still very applicable to this new year and inspired me to delve into my own process of reflection.
    Based on what I learned from these resources, here are some themes and example reflection questions you can ask yourself!
    • What are some of the things you accomplished this past year?
      • For this question and for the following questions, you can list out a number of them that corresponds to the year! For example, I tried to write at least 16 accomplishments for the year of 2016.
    • What are some of the highlights from this past year?
    • What are the lessons you learned this past year?
    Time Management
    • Are you happy with how you spent your time this year? What steps can you take to adjust the time you’ve spent?
    • How did your life evolve and how is your life different today than it was a year ago?
    • What do you want to invite in your life?
    • What have you been grateful for this past year?
    • What are some things you can improve on for the next year and what are some concrete action steps you can take?
    • What is the recurring theme you want to set for the new year?
    Regardless of time and new year, it’s never too late to take the time and reflect on your past so that you can shape your present. We are living in the now, but it is important to remind ourselves what we’ve been through and what we can do to better ourselves. I wish you all a 2017 filled with happiness and success. Thanks for reading!