This year was…interesting. While it may seem that time teaches us new lessons, I like to think they are actually all just the same ones simply donning different outfits. Initially we tend to pay more attention to the ones in couture, but in the end, it’s the raggedy old ones that always seem to carry the most worth. In 2017 I learned a few things about this, that and the other, and I feel blessed to have them stitched into my heart as I venture into 2018.
Lessons Of Love
I learned that for me, following my heart will always remain top priority. No shocker there. Enduring obstacles results in a greater appreciation of the complexities of love. I also learned that when it comes to relationships, you truly cannot force anything…you must let every moment have its moment.
Lessons Of The Body
I am a firm believer that you must treat your body as a temple…a gift from God. And from that lesson I now know there is immeasurable power in choosing organic food and clean living (with a dash of cupcakes here and there). I can honestly say I have never felt healthier!
Lessons Of The Mind & Spirit
I learned a lot about the power of focusing more on spirituality rather than religion. Sure I’ll always be a good Catholic girl, but a stronger focus on my spirituality has helped me to build a better version of myself through positive thought and positive energy. Clarity of the mind is a powerful tool. What you emit you will attract.
Lessons Of Self
I got to know myself this year in a way that was new. When you really start living your truth, life pans out in a very different and rewarding way. For me, my writing reached new levels. Creativity and ideas seemed to flow excessively…and I continue to welcome such floods. Working for myself is the best decision I ever could have made. But make no mistake…the freedom of freelance was well-earned. I put in my time behind this desk and that desk, scribbling away at the hand of others. But no more.
Lessons Of Environment
I realized that when you are surrounded by goodness, purity and people with good intentions and unstoppable passion for what they do, that you, too, become one of those people. I also learned that I am really, really good at shutting out nonsense and negativity. This took a while…but being able to silence the day-to-day black cloud of certain things (think social media and online negativity) is a major win!
And by the way, it’s OK to let the world know! It’s OK to be proud of who you are and what you are working to accomplish in your life. Be proud of your talents, your beauty, your brains. Love yourself the way you can’t help but love someone else…with unconditional and unwavering loyalty.
So as 2017 tucks itself away, do yourself a favor and consider your own lessons. Consider their significance and impact on not just yesterday, but tomorrow. Love your life, love others, love yourself…and celebrate every sunset as if it is New Year’s Eve and every new sunrise as if it’s New Year’s Day! PS. Good riddens to this year…it was one I think we all can leave far behind without missing a beat.