Success Is

Success is…

To a lot of people, my life looks like a failure.

I have a bachelor’s degree, but I work at Starbucks (which is even worse than not having a degree and working at Starbucks). We still live in an apartment, in a not-so-great part of town. We haven’t started a family. I frequently wear Goodwill clothing and I drive a rusted Honda that’s almost as old as I am.

But by my standards, I am wildly successful. Wildly – I own that shit.

It’s not that there aren’t things I still want out of life. It’s just that I’m happy. Content. Satisfied.

Five years ago, I wanted an important career, a marriage that looked like the ones in the marriage how-to books (Who on earth even writes those? Are they human?), three kids, a house, and nice car. And to be skinny, because what the hell does life even mean if you’re not skinny?

My circumstances haven’t changed, but I have. The way I measure success is completely different. The things that used to be important to me just aren’t anymore.

As the New Year rolls around, I won’t be making resolutions. Instead, I’m taking some time to examine what’s important to me, what makes my life fulfilling.

Over twelve posts, I’ll be sharing twelve things that make up a successful life. For me. Right now. This looks different for everyone, and it changes as we age.

Along the way I’d love to know: what does a successful life look like to you? How has it changed over time?

 

Read the rest of the Success Is series here:

Success is…

Knowing My Priorities

Directing How My Time is Spent

Making My Creative Life a Priority

Investing in My Spouse

A Balanced, Fulfilling Work Life

Knowing Myself

Constantly Learning

Managing Money Well

Good Family Relationships

Pursuing Spiritual Meaning

Practicing Gratitude

Nurturing Dreams for the Future

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16 thoughts on “Success is…

  1. Trish, I’m excited to read the rest of this. 2015 was….well….something I’m glad to be rid of. I love your focus here. My version of a successful life is often very tied to appearances and approval, which nearly always let me down! Meaning-of course- that I’ve got my priorities and expectations askew. Ready to learn from you!

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