Thrive and not just Survive


Making The Choice to Thrive and not just Survive

This year was supposed to be MY year. I turn 30 this week- and I had all these goals. All these things I couldn’t wait to “become” this year. And then well… you all know. Life came to a standstill. Our family’s daily routine came to a screeching halt, and I lost myself. And I feel like I am not being dramatic when I say that I feel like I lost myself completely. I was no longer thriving, I was just surviving.

How to Thrive Not Just Survive

I lost passion for many things I normally felt extremely passionate about. I had tremendous anxiety attacks heading in to a job that I historically loved. I felt lost in motherhood, in womanhood, in friendship. And I felt jipped that this year- “The Year of Emily” wasn’t at all what I wanted it to be.

Well today I have decided that this is not how I want my 30th year to end. This is how I want it to begin. With me crawling out of this weird phase and place that I’ve been hiding. I need to stop waiting for our lives to return to “normal” and embrace the notion that I can still CHOOSE to live my best life- right here, right now. I need to thrive again.

And so my dear reader, if you feel in any way similar to the way I am feeling right now please join me as I make a list of the ways I am going to choose to THRIVE instead of just SURVIVE the remainder of this year.

  1. I am going to move my body every day. In a way that feels GOOD. This may look different each day, but I am going to choose to move my body because I respect my body- not because I hate it.
  2. Instead of focusing on things I “can’t” or “shouldn’t eat” (based on *diet culture*) I am going to focus on adding things in. More fruits, more veggies, more things that make me feel good.
  3. Practicing gratitude each day. I moved my gratitude journal to my night stand, with a pen. So that each night I can write down three things I am grateful for. Every day things.
  4. Refocus on spiritual study each day. For me this is scripture study, motivational talks, podcasts, and prayer. A little bit each day.
  5. Have a more intentional bedtime routine. In order to show up for my life, I need to be rested and ready.

This is just a start. But it feels good. And I feel ready. So here we go- I am turning 30 and this is still MY year. My year to thrive.


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Emily Schofield
Emily is new to the Coastal Bend area but enjoys everything it has to offer! Emily and her husband Landon both grew up in Idaho, and came to Kingsville for her husband’s job as a range and wildlife biologist. Emily graduated with her BSN from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Emily has two amazing children, Ashton (6) and Brooks (16 months). Emily has been a SAHM since Brooks was born and is returning to the nursing field this Fall. When she isn’t adventuring with her family, she loves faking insomnia with a good book, trying (and sometimes failing) new recipes, listening to podcasts and taking a bubble bath.