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The Biggest Lessons I've Learned this Year

Every year when my birthday rolls around, I find myself reflecting on what I’ve learned in the last 365 days. Some people do this at the New Year, but for me, I find this to be just as powerful for me. So, in this week’s blog post, I’m sharing the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the last year.

1). Plan for the future, while giving up control

I think it’s safe to say the last year has given us all a swift kick in the rear! We all had so many things planned that didn’t happen, and we had to completely restructure our days. So, while it’s important to have a vision and a plan for the next year of you life, it’s also important to remember that sometimes, things happen that are out of our control. In that sense, we have to adapt and shift, and keep moving forward.

2). Don’t stay stuck, simply because you’re afraid of the unknown

I made a big shift last year; I changed jobs, and more importantly, switched to my career! It certainly hasn’t been easy; there were times when the money was uncertain, and I had to trust that things would unfold when they were meant to. They have, and although I’m not exactly where I want to be, I also know I’m on the right path. (And ultimately, much happier!)

3). Prioritize you and your happiness fist

I know I talk about this concept all the time. Putting yourself first isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we be at our best for others? We all deserve to live a life of happiness, especially one that we’ve created for ourselves. We shouldn’t settle for anything less, regardless of what we’ve been programmed to think.

4). If people act like they don’t care, believe them

I can’t tell you how many times in the last year people have shown their true colors to me. I realized I was investing in way too many one-sides friendships; I cared, and they didn’t. As a result, my circle has become incredibly small. And, I couldn’t be happier.

5). You don’t have to earn your time to relax

One thing I struggled with this year was productivity guilt. I always felt like I SHOULD be doing something. And, while it’s important to work hard during the week, it doesn’t determine weather or not you’re worthy of making yourself a nice dinner, sitting down, and enjoying your evening.

Do any of these resonate with you? If so, share them below and why!

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