No more secrets. No more lies.

This blog is called Revealing Hailey. It’s original intent was to truly reveal me to the world. Well, depending on how well you know me in real life, you’ll agree that I haven’t exactly stayed true to that. I’ve told some lies. I’ve kept some very big, complicated secrets. I’ve hurt some people. I’ve been hurt. I’ve done things that would make some of you cry and some other things that could make you smile. You wouldn’t know this though – because I haven’t been honest.

Over the past year I’ve learned a lot. Just like every time I write “birthday posts”. But this year, I’m keeping it real with you. I’ve accomplished a lot. I’ve had some setbacks. I’ve made decisions without thinking them through. And learned my lesson. I’ve lied to people I love. I’ve loved people I never thought I’d love. I’ve cried a lot. But also laughed a lot. I’ve visited new places and experienced new things. I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone more times than I can count. I’ve doubted myself. I’ve made new friends. Cut ties with some old friends. Progressed in my career. Moved out. Bought a new car. Kept Penny alive (it’s a miracle). Stayed in when I needed it. And partied all night without a care in the world every chance I could. This past year has been a wild ride and I’ll never forget it.

I’m at a point in my life where it’s crucial that I be authentically me and really stay honest with myself, and you, in order to continue to learn and grow. As I approach my 24thbirthday I have a lot of deep thinking to do and changes to make. I’m thankful to be starting a new chapter. I’m excited to see what’s ahead. I know there are many challenges and roadblocks coming my way but I’m ready to face them head on.

Advice to myself (and you):

Follow your heart.

Trust your gut.

Set your standards higher.

Get your moral compass straight.

Love your family hard.

Tell the people you love just how much you care. All the time.

Don’t avoid red flags in relationships.

Keep your self awareness high.

& most importantly, be honest. No matter the outcome.

 

I love you, all. H