January 19, 2019
Happy Saturday Loves! And Happy January 19th, and a BRAND NEW SERIES I am going to showcase over the next 12 months.
If you have been following me and my journey, you know I have referenced the fact that the number "19" holds a very significant place in my heart. In fact, I wrote a blog post on it a few months ago, which can be found HERE. If you want to bookmark the full post right now, AWESOME, but I will go ahead and give you the Reader's Digest version.
My birthday is on the 19th; my sister's birthday is on the 19th; I was married on the 19th; I was divorced on the 19th; I settled on my house on the 19th; my credit card is due on the 19th; the expiration year on said credit card is "19;" and the the lease for my car is due on the 19th of every month.
Even the guy who I was seeing lived on the "19th floor" when we first started dating...boy, did I think this was a match. I remember being "floored." Get it? :)
With this year being 2019, I felt it was only fitting that I do a series that shares with YOU, my loyal follower, the "12 Reasons Why "19" Has My Heart." I have even made a promise to myself that I would do something extra "special" on the 19th of every month this year, something very Fit4Janine, in conjunction with a blog post (and even some throwback pictures for you too).
So, without further ado, today starts the series with "Reason #12," and it is coming to you all the way from one of the city's that I hold close to my heart - New York City.
Reason #12: It Has Helped Me Recognize A STRENGTH I Never Knew I Had!
This has come a little later for me in my life, specifically, after my divorce. Actually, I quoted this very line in my Matron of Honor speech for my Sister's Wedding...
"Ever since the two of you met, I have watched my sister go from being strong, to stronger, and while she was happy before, she was even happier with you by her side."
Although a little different for me, I would reframe the wording to be applicable to how I feel in my life right now.
"Ever since we met, I have watched myself go from being strong, to stronger, as I have let time go by, and let myself heal. And while I thought I was happy all those years before, I realized that I was putting someone else's happiness before my very own."
Over the last 4 years, I have recognized a strength that I wondered/questioned if I even had. The strength to start a business with the uncertainty of success, a paycheck, and stability. The strength to move to Santa Monica for 6 weeks - twice - by myself, not knowing anyone, and figuring out what I wanted in my next chapter of life. The strength to dine alone, have a drink at a bar alone, travel alone, etc.
The strength to put myself out there again, knowing that my heart was fragile, and the trust factor was minimal, and knowing I would be okay with whatever happened (still working through that one). The strength and knowledge to realize that there is no such thing as "perfect;" it is unattainable AND to think that you can be perfect at everything, well, it just sets you up for disappointment and heartache.
The strength to know that I am Janine Serio - a daughter, sister, sister-in-law, granddaughter, niece, cousin, co-founder of 2 Health Nuts, creator of Fit4Janine, and not being ashamed of what I want out of life, regardless of how "bougie" it may be. The strength to know that I am who I am - smart, funny, baffling, unpredictable, generous, stylish, fit, and so much more.
So, #19, thank you for giving me the STRENGTH to sit here, in NYC, a city that I adore, and one that will be part of the Fit4Janine brand (I am sure of it), doing my thing, being single in the city, and not giving a damn for one minute what anyone thinks or how it will be portrayed.
Because, I am an entrepreneur, girl boss, 33, been divorced, tackling the "do I want t get back into the dating realm," and living a life that is - how do I finish most of my pieces - Fit4Janine.
So, how did I make January 19th a special one for me? Well, to start, the reason for me being in the city was for work - I attended a networking event for Fashion Bloggers, Influencers, Photographers, etc. in Soho. I am kind of bummed that they did not allow for photographs inside; the Soho Grand Hotel was gorgeous and the quick snap I did get was NOT so gorgeous. I did manage to get an appointment at the fabulous "Dry Bar" prior to the days FUN and then, in true Janine fashion, I was so hungry (and thirsty) that I knew where my stop had to be before I grabbed my even Amtrak ride home - The Plaza Hotel. Champagne, a martini, and a beautiful mezze platter followed by a delicious Greek salad with chicken!
Cheers to the "19th!" Oh, I wonder where I will be, and what I will be doing?!?!
P.S. I chose this picture, captured by the fabulous Violeta Meyners, because, not only is this one of my FAVORITE pictures (and my Mom will 2nd me on this one) but because I remember feeling so in my power with this photo session. This was taken in May of 2017; the start to evolving the Fit4Janine brand and I just felt so fucking proud that I was in Santa Monica, doing my thing, and loving every minute of it! It is so crazy to think I am coming up on 2 years of this...what an evolution! And, yes, Santa Monica is, STILL, my West Coast playground! <3