OTG Woman | Episode 1 - Resolve
Resolve (v): to decide firmly on a course of action
Now that the buzz around the new year and new year’s resolutions is dying down, it’s time to get real. I’ve been thinking a lot about where I was this time last year. I barely knew what I was doing. I loved travel and wanted to incorporate it more into my life, but I frankly didn’t know how. I had just gotten back from Utah, my first semi-solo trip ever, and I was itching for more but not knowing where to start. Flash-forward to today, where I often get comments about ‘my crazy Instagrammable life’ and how I ‘can’t be pinned down because I’m never home (in LA)’. Just two days ago, a coworker laughed and joked that my life was a fairytale.
MY life. Wait, what???
I laugh to myself about statements like these, because to me, I see myself as a crazy workaholic, and I feel like I don’t get to leave my desk enough, not to mention get on a plane and travel somewhere far away. I work a more-than-full-time job, Monday through Friday, just like I’m guessing you might, too. I spend countless nights at the office until past 9 pm, and I spend each morning struggling to get out of bed when my alarm goes off because of how exhausted I get just keeping up with it all. 2-3 cups of coffee is my normal, and anything less than that is just torture. I know, I know. Not necessarily the most glamorous lifestyle, but it’s mine, and it’s how I afford to even consider traveling when I can. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with a 9-to-5. You don’t always necessarily need to work in order to not work. Living for the weekend is a myth, and honestly, it’s more about balance and resolve than anything else.
On-The-Go (OTG) Woman
A year ago, I decided that one way or another, I was going to make travel a priority. I decided to make living for the weekend less of a focus, choosing instead to make both – Mon-Fri and Sat-Sun – essential to one another’s existence. New Year’s resolutions come and go. By now, you’ve probably already forgotten what yours for this year were. Instead of coming up with lofty resolutions with no action plan in sight, it’s important to understand the concept of having resolve about the things you care deepest about if you want them to actually happen. If you want to travel more, RESOLVE it into existence. If you want to spend more time with friends or family, RESOLVE it into existence. If you want to nail that promotion or get recognized amongst your peers, RESOLVE to make your work indispensable. Sure, like all good, sweet things, resolve is easier said than done. But as I sit here reflecting on the past 12 months and how I went from not really understanding my life to having others comment on how I possess a lifestyle some people (myself included, previously) only dream about, the only difference between where I sat 12 months ago and where I sit today is the resolve to do whatever it took to get here.
What does that mean, exactly? In 12 months, I worked my butt off at my job, maxed out my PTO, used up every dollar I had to spare, and traveled roughly one weekend out of every month. I raked up a bit of credit card debt, and a hell of a lot of experience, along the way. My bank account saw all-time highs and all-time lows. I made spontaneous decisions in such a way that I hadn’t since college (when I studied abroad / had no cares in the world).
But what I did do in the past 12 months that I’m less happy about is spending most of my energy writing one type of way on Rachel Off Duty. In wanting to write more guides and reviews to help you plan your trips and shape your lives, I stopped being as personal. So, hi. I’d like to shake things back up a bit. Beginning, well, with this post, I resolve to start doing monthly (ish) ‘check-ins’ with you guys on the blog – to tell you what’s on my mind, what’s going on in my life, and what I’m trying to focus on. Maybe you’ll want to make whatever it is a focus, too, and we can work on supporting each other’s hustle together. What do you say?
This month, it’s all about resolve. What’s something you want more of in your life that you can resolve to actively manifest? Picture yourself there, having that, owning it fully with no apologies. Picture other people commenting on your life and pointing out that thing that you have that you worked so, so hard to resolve into existence. It tastes good, doesn’t it? What can you do, today, to get there?
What’s your resolve for the month? Drop me a comment below and put it out into the world so we can help each other get there.
Happy February, you guys. Looking forward to checking in with you all here on a more regular basis!