Here I am at 26 years old and somehow not the chief marketing officer of a fabulous company that just made Forbes Magazine "Top 100 companies to watch" list. What's up with that?
The last movie I saw in theaters was Spider-Man: Far From Home. It was epic. Seriously, I loved it. I went home with a little school-girl crush on Tom Holland and wanted to know a little bit more about him. Amid my casual internet stalking, I found out that Tom Holland just celebrated his 23rd birthday. All I could think was, "Wow, he just star'd in a multi-million dollar movie that's part of a multi-billion dollar brand ... and I just made dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for dinner."
What was I doing when I turned 23? I was three months in to my first "real job" after college and still living with my dear 'ole Mom and Dad. For me, this was a difficult realization. In that moment, I felt totally behind the ball. How had I fallen so far behind?
Comparison is the thief of joy, friends
Tom Holland, Spider-Man himself, is 23. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers starting infielder, is 25. Kylie Jenner, self-made billionare, is 22 for crying out loud.
Brenna Allison Trzupek is 26. She is happily married to the best man she's ever known. She has a unbelievably quick 5-minute commute to her spectacularly regular job. She has a furry friend named Pebbles. And guess what? She may not be some professional hot shot, but she's the CEO of her own freakin' life.
When was the last time you defined success?
My success will not be defined by my seemingly ordinary job, by how many double taps I get on the 'gram or by the hot plans I have Friday night. Sort of because my version of "hot plans" is enough Chinese takeout for 6 people and an Amazon movie rental, but mostly because those things are lame. So, I'm redefining success. Quite literally.
1. Doing at least one thing every day that brings you joy
I find joy in my favorite foods. I find joy in laughing with my husband. I find joy in a good book. I find joy in family. I found joy in music.
End of story. That's my success.