What Success Means to Me

What does success mean to you?

I think the answer to that question depends entirely on who you're asking. Some value work above all else—some value building a family. Others value fame, or fortune.

Here's what, at 25 years old, success means to me:

  1. Financial freedom.

    Call it the #girlboss in me, but success to me starts with being financially independent. From your parents, from your partner, from anyone else who is tying you down. Having your own money—and deciding what you, and only you want to do with it—is at the cornerstone of success for me.
  2. Finding love.

    Falling in love is an important step to success, in my eyes. Now that I've found a life partner in Josh, I feel like I can conquer the world, and I want to with him by my side.
  3. Figuring out how to turn your passion into your job.

    You'll notice work didn't come up until the third bullet here, and that's on purpose. I don't define success by how quickly you get promoted, or if you've started your own company by the age of 30. I don't care who your connections are or who you know—I care if you've found what you truly love, and devoted your life to it.

    I think so many people focus on status rather than substance, but people who really recognize what their passion is and what careers they can transform that passion into, are better off because of it.
  4. Having something that's just for you—that exists just to make you happy.

    I truly believe that Americans live to work, while the rest of the world works to live. I would always rather be on their side than ours, to be honest.

    We get so caught up in the rat race of it all—what we do for work, what shoes we just bought, and what everyone else is doing. But what do you have in your life that's just for you, and exists just to make you happy? For me, that's my blog: this is my space, where I get to be free. I have the freedom to say yes to partnerships I believe in, and say no to those I don't (working a full-time job in addition to this site affords me this luxury).

How do you define success in your own life?