Your Life Is Your Story. Write Well. Edit Often.

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

Susan Statham

With another year drawing to a close, many of my friends share favorite articles on the importance of reflection, specifically on looking back on the past year and preparing for a new one. It’s important to not simply acknowledge what has happened or what we’ve achieved, but also to be honest and learn from what we did well and what we didn’t do well.

That’s why I love Susan Statham’s quote and I find it a perfect one with which to end the 2015 #MondayMotivation series. We are the writers of our own life stories and as such, we decide what happens to the main character. Mistakes are inevitable and we must not only be good writers, but we must also be good editors. As scary as it might be, editing your life to change a career that no longer inspires you, to take a risk and start your own business, to finally take that backpacking trip you’ve been postponing for a better day can be done. You are the writer and the editor; you have the choice to decide what direction your life takes.

So as you reflect on 2015 and plan for 2016, think about the chapters yet to be written and those that need to be edited. You owe it to yourself, your main character.

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