Sometimes we need to experience the absence of something in order to truly appreciate it. I often debate about moving to Chicago because of the harsh and often times unbearable winters. I always get the same response from a Chicago native, “The cold makes you appreciate the warmth.” Sometimes we need to get lost in life, in order to re-evaluate things and re-emerge with a new perspective on life.
I would be proud to live a life filled with struggle and overcoming those obstacles vs. a “successful” life that was handed to me on a silver platter. I work hard towards everything I truly want because my parents have instilled that into me from birth. My father is one of the most hard-working and patient men I have and will ever know in my life. The same goes for my mother, who wakes up at the crack of dawn in order to finish all of her obligations by the end of the day.
A friend once told me, “Jen, why would you want to work hard, when you can work smart?” Working hard doesn’t mean that I want to bust my butt every day and be inefficient with my time and resources, and working smart doesn’t mean that I would want to barely lift a finger. I just want to be highly involved and passionate about whatever I am working on, life is not easy. I truly believe that anything worth having is definitely worth working for. There is no shortcut to life and I think that would be unfair if there were.
These upcoming months are really going to drastically change my life. I’m terrified, excited, and hopeful all at the same time. LA is a beast that I WILL tame one way or another. I’m from the small town of Odessa, TX, but please don’t confuse my small town humility for weakness. I will achieve the things I want in life with my high standards and morals in tact until the end. I want to inspire and help others to do the same. It won’t be easy, but I know it will be so rewarding in the end.
I have a goal. I’m constantly working towards it, every day, step-by-step, piece by piece.