What I'm most fearful of


We only have one life to live, and my greatest fear is not living it to the fullest. Here's how I ensure my journey of growth & success is never ending.  

Photo compliments of One July Photography

Photo compliments of One July Photography

I'm getting vulnerable and sharing my greatest fear - not living life to the fullest.  I'm not sure if you've ever felt this way, but it's a real fear for me that I think about constantly.  What if I peak?  What if I've already achieved all of the success I will in this lifetime? What if I stop growing?  What if I miss out and that chapter closes and I never have the chance to go back?  

I've been thinking about it a lot lately as it's gotten trickier to balance my full time role with my side hustle in the blogging world.  We're all busy so I'm not complaining about time, but I'm finding I am struggling with prioritization.  Where should I be investing my time and with whom?  Am I doing everything I can to set myself up for success?  Especially as my friends are starting to have children, I start to think about what do I want (or need, in my opinion) to accomplish before we have kids (if we have kids).  Whoa, holy pressure.  

I never want to miss out on an opportunity, and I never want to reach the peak of success.  Can you have it all?  I think so.  I think it just depends on what's most important to you.  At the end of the road, I want to look back on my life and say, "Wow. I can't believe all I've accomplished and I wouldn't have it any other way."  Here's how I do my best to live life to the fullest.

1. I am always learning something

If you know me well, you know I'm always learning a new skill.  I am a firm believer that you can always grow and improve.  When my interest arose in home decor, I learned how to sew.  Last year, I learned how to start a new business from a legal perspective.  This year, I'm dove head first into blogging and am learning so many of the tips and tricks to traffic.  Bottom line - I'm always trying to learn something new.  Not only does it keep your mind sharp, but it makes you feel good about yourself, too.  

2. I invest in people and things that enrich my life

Gone are the days of wasting time on acquaintances or events that I don't truly care about.  Starting my own business while maintaining a full-time job forced me to get serious real fast about what's important to me.  At first, it was really hard to let go, but then it felt so freeing.  

These days, if it's something that I know will make me a better person or someone that makes me feel like myself, I'm all for it and will find the time.  

3. I try my best to be mindful

I wish I could tell you I meditate because that's been on my to-do list for literally years.  While I hope to try it some day, my best way to be mindful today is to remember to be in the moment.  I try my best to enjoy each day, to think about what went well and to connect it to my bigger life goals.  In doing so, I'm happier in the moment and ultimately happier overall. 

4. I treat my body well

If you follow me on instagram, you know I'm a SoulCycle junkie.  I've always loved working out.  There's something about getting a good sweat in that makes me feel like myself and release the ick.  As I get older, the food I'm also putting into my body has become really important to me.  This also popped for me when I started my own business because I needed more energy.  After drinking entirely too much coffee and nearly getting an ulcer, it was time to clean up my act so I could boost my natural energy.  I set realistic goals and stick to them.  I workout at least three days a week, sleep at least seven hours a night and try to only eat out once or twice during the week.  When you feel good, you look good and exude confidence.  

What do you do to live life to the fullest?  Are you every worried about FOMO?  I'd love to hear more about you below. 


Jen Naye Herrmann

Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen's can't help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of The Millennial Martha. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.