Abstrkt Femme

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What Does Success Mean To You?

The idea of success is relative and ever-changing. What I wanted 2 years ago is different than what i’m striving towards now. Some goals overlap, but what I previously defined as success is not the same for me today. I’ve learned more about myself and about life over time, i’ve experienced things that I hadn’t before, my needs, wants and boundaries have changed (needs, wants, and boundaries are a theme for me lately!). I was talking to my therapist, Julia, about this last week. I told her each thing that I thought categorized success and she wrote them all down. My list came to about 10 points (consolidated) that I thought made me successful. These were:

  • Being financially, mentally, and emotionally able to choose eating 3 healthy meals a day.
  • Being able to travel the globe like it’s my home, not just as a tourist or through a screen.
  • Having the $$$ to support my lifestyle.
  • Having the time and ability to rest and rejuvenate when I need to.
  • Having the full ability to express myself authentically and loudly.
  • Being able to enjoy my passions, pleasures, and what makes my feel happy instead of being alive to survive.
  • Always being able to dance, write, and create.
  • Not having to be dependant on others financially, emotionally, mentally.
  • To live by my internal clock vs on someone else’s time.
  • Not having to be dependant on others’ decisions on how to live my life.

These are my goals, and the way I set them up is so that I have some goals that will come with time and effort, and some that I can start TODAY by making different choices in my day. What’s does success mean to you?


Katherine Elizabeth Jackson, aka Abstrkt, is a Long Beach to Oakland to Atlanta-based writer, creator and manager of the lifestyle and adventure website, Abstrkt Femme. When she is not creating content for her website she is performing as a Afro-cultural dancer, working in the holistic health field as a Reiki Master practitioner, or documenting her life experiences through photography and writing. She uses her experiences as a multifaceted artist and healer to view the lessons of life from many angles, which she then shares on Abstrkt Femme and in her book, Alive In Everything.

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