Christine Petric is a jack of all trades: she is currently a Senior Analyst at Groupon, but formerly an Executive City Planner of San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma. But by night? Christine is the blogger behind the fashion and personal style site, The View from 5 ft 2. Previously working in oil and gas software consulting, Christine was also the captain of the Rice Women’s Soccer team. That’s right, she’s done it all! Hailing from Texas, Christine decided to grab her North Face and migrate to Chicago, on the lookout for a new adventure. It’s been almost two years and Christine has never looked back. Check out Christine’s guest post on growing up, moving forward and defining who your 20-year-old self:
I think every 20-year old wishes they had a crystal ball that could give them even the slightest glimmer of what their life will look like five, 10 years down the road. In the past six years, I’ve learned so much about myself it’s almost unbelievable. Where to even start?
What I would’ve defined myself and my tastes as when I was 20 is so very different from where I am now. I truly thought when I was 20 that I would think one way forever and it is not the case at all. What and who you like, your lifestyle choices, and even your body is going to change… so just be ready and embrace it. It sounds silly, but I used to hate spicy food and now I love it. I used to think love was one dimensional and very black and white, but now I get that it’s much more complicated than that. I used to think that traveling the world and being a nomad was the greatest thing ever, and now I am so happy to have a place in Chicago that feels like home. You don’t see these things coming, but over time your definition of who you think you are will change. It sounds cheesy, but never say never.
Lesson #2. Quit worrying about what everyone else thinks.
You may have heard this before, but up until this point that has always been socially important and acceptable. Grade school, High School and College all lend themselves to being in a group of people who are all, let’s face it, a little bit judgy. When you graduate college, no one cares what sorority you were in, what sports you played, or what neighborhood you grew up in. They just want to know you – the person inside. When you realize that no one cares about how you appear except for you, you can really embrace your passions. I remember the day I started my blog… I thought to myself, is this going to be awkward? Are people going to think it’s weird that I have to post pictures of me in my outfits? To be honest, yeah it was. Some of my friends still probably don’t get it. but that’s fine! They don’t have to. I’m cool with it, my family is cool with it, and it has become a passion of mine that has opened so many exciting doors for me so I have no regrets.
Lesson #3: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Your 20′s is one of the only times in your life when you’re truly detached (possibly), still allowed to be a little reckless, and have no one to answer to except yourself. One of the best things that ever happened to me was moving to a new city where I didn’t know a soul when I arrived. I took a job across the country, but it was such a blessing. I was forced out of my comfort zone and had to really push myself to do things I wouldn’t normally. I broke out of my routine and found a new one. It’s that moment when you really want to do something but feel like it’s not as responsible or slightly out of your comfort zone… and I’m telling you, it will change your perspective if you just for at least once let go and do it. If you want to fly to New York for the weekend and can afford it (or not), just do it. You will never remember the nights of good sleep that you got and I promise, the Kardashians will still be trying to keep up with themselves and the Housewives of America will still be fighting. My favorite days from the past few years have been spontaneous “yeah, let’s do it” days and activities. Soak them in while you can.
Read more of what Christine as to say at viewfrom5ft2.com