April 19, 2019
Happy April 19th! Is it me, or does it seem that time is just flying by!?!? How is it Easter on Sunday, and almost the end of the month? You know what, I will take it! I am ready for some warmer weather, a little less rain (come on Baltimore, what gives), and starting May with something pretty epic! Ohh, my lips are sealed on this one for a little longer.
Since my last "#19" post - have you been following along? - life has, definitely, changed for me, and for the better. I think that was the driving force behind this month's reason for why 19 has my heart. And it goes a little something like THIS...
Reason #9: "Stop Taking Everything So Fucking Seriously!"
You know that feeling when you step outside of your comfort zone? That feeling of being nervous, anxious, excited, scared, etc. That feeling of "I want to do it but it is so not like me."
How about that feeling when you finally DO IT, and realize that you have been way too serious, "straight-laced," and still trying to follow the so-called "rules" (even though you have desperately tried to break away).
Take for example these cocktails at one of my favorite spots in Baltimore - The Elk Room. Sure, my "rules" have been a martini straight up, or on the rocks, is much for Fit4Janine than a mixed cocktail. But why is that? Preference - yes. Too sweet - probably. Wondering how many calories, or what mixers are involved - ehh, dare I admit.
What is the worst possible thing that could happen if you are in the moment and just go for it? It is kind of liberating and really does make you stop and say "why have I been taking everything so fucking seriously?"
Don't you love how I have spun this convo into cocktails? Ha! I thought it was a good comparison and I wanted to give a shoutout to this super hip speakeasy too!
Listen, it is easy to question why you do the things you do, and it is easy to say "geez, what has been my problem." BUT, in your personal journey, you need to go through "stuff" to get you to the other side, and FINALLY giving yourself permission to just let your hair down (and sip on some AMAZING craft cocktails too). I mean, this new side of me has been pretty fucking exciting...and so not me too (which I LOVE)!
Cheers to the 19th, remembering that life does not have to be so serious, AND, wait for it, TRUST THE F-ING Process!
P.S. In case you have missed them, here are the past "12 Reasons Why "19" Has My Heart" posts:
Seasons of Love
2 Health Nuts
'Tis The Season
Cheese & Charcuterie