The Beauty of 26

26 just might be my new favorite number.

My favorite number has always been the number 3, 100% likely because I am born on August 3rd. I like to think that maybe it’s special. I’m pretty sure many of us are bias to our own birth dates. However, I think 26 is going to be an extra special number, and a special year for me too.

Right now I’m happier than I have been in a very long time. In the past couple months, I made some important decisions that have already altered my life and pushed it into a much more positive realm. I won’t dig through every detail, as much of it includes very personal life choices, however what I can say is that my newfound positivity has brought me to this happy place that only seems to get happier. I have my two beautiful parents to thank in part for that.

I have been able to dedicate more time to my education and studies, as well as to Mind Over Mango too. My recent decisions have opened up opportunities that have allowed me to exercise my freedom more fully. It has allowed me to do more of what I love, and less of what made me sad. I was struggling for a very long time in my personal life. In turn, I eventually stopped taking care of myself, and was not invested in nurturing my physical or mental health. I had no energy, and cared very little about the quality of my own life. By the end of it all, I would wake up every morning and the first thing I would do was cry. I was completely spent.

I was focusing all of my energy towards things that ended up consuming my entire life. I gave these things everything I had until I realized that I had nothing left inside of me for myself. This left me in a constant state of depression and caused me to feel that I was a huge failure and simply put, a loser. My anxiety was a never ending cycle, and I felt inconceivably tormented day in and day out. I was convinced that the struggles I was facing were inescapable until other people or situations had changed. What I didn’t realize is that I was the one that needed to make a change, not the other way around.

Now, I don’t regret anything that I was doing, which might sound strange given the state of my life I was just describing. In fact, they were all things I was doing for the right reasons and were actually for people I love very deeply. However, I finally discovered that it was time to put myself first for once. I needed to take a leap of faith that my life could feel beautiful again. I feared that if I stepped away from the responsibilities I had at first willingly taken on, that I would be failing all of those around me, more specifically, my family.

I did something that has always been hard for me in times of emotional need: I decided to turned to my parents to ask for help. I realized recently that I needed to be set free from my continuing troubles and without asking for help, I knew I would be unable to do it on my own.

Since then, things in my life have miraculously turned the corner. My mind feels like it can flow freely again, without being constantly weighed down and constrained by thoughts and feelings of the hardships I was enduring on a daily basis. I feel beautiful, hopeful, and grateful again. I truly believe that had I not asked for their help, I would not be in the position I am now. Many positive things have walked into my life since the day I decided it was time to be happy again.

So thank you to my Mother and Father for giving me everything you have and more. You have guided me when I have been blind, lost, and alone. I know that someday I will have the same strength and resilience that both of you possess. I am so incredibly happy to begin a new year of life. I love you both with all my heart.

I also want to say thank you and I love you to my amazing Nana. I have learned and experienced a lot through her, things I never imagined I would, and I hope that I can still make her happy and proud despite a change of path in my life.

An additional thank you to all of my other loved ones, my readers, and to all of my followers. You have collectively been a huge motivation for me to turn over a new leaf.

xoxo Sara

P.S. I decided to get a little cinematic in my photo shoot to start off my new year of life on a fresh note. Enjoy. 🙂 💙

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  1. Heather
    August 30, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I recently read that the key to happiness isn’t doing more of what you love, it’s doing less of what you hate. Sounds like you’re a living example of that!

    • August 31, 2018 / 5:19 am

      Heather. YES!!! 🙏 🙏🙏 A thousand times yes to this. That’s exactly it. You also don’t necessarily need to be doing things that you love all the time, but if you’re always doing things that you dislike, it tears your happiness away. Thank you for your compliment! Also, thank you for commenting as well! 😀

    • August 31, 2018 / 5:16 am

      Thank you so much, you are very kind! 🙂

  2. August 30, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    This was wonderful!! I resonate with this so much!! I just turned 27 🙂

    • August 31, 2018 / 5:16 am

      Thank you so much Nikka! 😀 That was very sweet of you. I’m so glad it resonates. I think a lot of people around our ages feel the same way at times! By the way, Happiest of Birthdays to you my dear! I hope you had a great one! 🎈🎁🍰🍾

    • August 31, 2018 / 5:12 am

      Awww thank you CDV! That means a lot to me coming from you! 143 💙💙💙

  3. incalexandra
    August 31, 2018 / 6:53 am

    These photos are amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 🙂 🙂


    • September 7, 2018 / 1:00 am

      Thank you so much Alex! Happy Friday to you too, and thanks for checking out my blog! 😀

  4. October 9, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    I know I’m late but Happy Birthday Sara! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous & I loved your video clip too! 🙂 So happy to hear that things are looking up in your life & that you have a wonderful set of parents to lean on! Also those slippers are so adorable!

    • October 10, 2018 / 11:10 pm

      Awww thank you so much Cassie! You’re super sweet, I appreciate it! ❣️ Yes, my parents have been such a blessing and I’m very thankful for them. 🙂 Also, these slippers are absolutely amazing!!! I can see you wearing a pair honestly, they are super comfy. 👡 Their new AW18 line looks so pretty and I’ll be needing another pair soon! Thank you for checking out my post and for your encouraging thoughts! 😻

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