HAPPY SUNDAY LOVES!
It’s important to reflect every now and again, and the coming of the New Year brings about the perfect opportunity. We remember the good, the bad, and the in between. Some years are better than others, but every year tends to come with a few lessons to be learned. Here are a few important lessons I learned in 2017 that I wanted to share.
1. Take Time For Yourself.
This is an absolute must. If you’re anything like me youre going and going. Time out is necessary to recharge, and I know how hard it can be to unwind, and unplug, but trust me on this one. If you follow me, you know I’ve been fighting off a bug the last few weeks, I’m sleeping an abnormal number of hours, and to the point you may actually compare me bear in winter hibernation. (I’ve taken the term nap to a whole new level) …. Today I decided to cancel all of the days “plans, turn off the phone and just stay home, rest, recharge and of course….nap, between naps. Listen to your body. k?
2. Everyone is on their own journey. Don’t compare your beginning with someone elses middle.
Look I’m in the social media world, so I understand how hard the comparison game hits. Comparison is truly the thief of joy. Everyone is on their own path, and that is the beauty of life. Trust that you are exactly where you need to be, and let the rest go.
3. Give Generously Without Expecting Anything In Return.
To add to this, also give randomly. I love surprising people with little unexpected gifts. It is amazing how something small yet thoughtful, can make someones day.
4. Go Into Every Situation With An Open Mind.
I took a trip to Mexico last year for a house build with a group of amazing people, and came back with a new perspective. Actually quite a few perspectives. For quite a few reasons.
First, I truly got to see how it is so easy to take our everyday for granted it is. If you have been down to Mexico (directly south of San Diego), you know how impoverished some of the areas are there. The people there are so happy, and many of them are living in what we would consider, horrific living situations. Literally …. living in cardboard boxes. If you need an eye opener, or a perspective …. I strongly urge you to go on a trip like this sometime in your life.
There are quite a few other take aways from that trip I’ll save for over a glass of wine (or 5), but another that stands out is the animals. As you probably know, I’m a HUGE animal lover. To say a visit to Mexico and how the animals are viewed is “different than that of America” is an understatement. Stray dogs that look like they haven’t eaten in days, puppies dropped off on the side of the roads….. it was truly heartbreaking. I didn’t come with my own car, and everyone had 46 different (possibly 47) opinions on the way to deal with abandoned puppies. I still don’t understand nor agree with ever leaving a helpless animal to fend for itself, but again, we don’t all think the same, and that is the beauty and heartbreak in life.
Needless to say, the next trip to Mexico I will be coming in my own vehicle so all the abandoned puppies will be coming back. ; )
5. If a man is interested in you, he will find an endless number of reasons why he will see you. A man who is just playing around, or confused about you, will find an endless number of excuses why he can’t show up.
Look I don’t dish on who I date on social media, and I’m even super private with what is shared between friends. So this is way out of my realm of sharing. Names have also been changed, or maybe not changed…. to protect the not so innocent. ; )
I met a guy while I was on a trip to Vancouver the end of 2016 who I’ll refer to as “Derek”. Derek was tall, super handsome and amazing….. And by amazing, I mean…at a lot of things. Tsk Tsk. ; )
But that is neither here nor there.
What Derek wasn’t so great at, was putting forth any effort (past pillow talk) of getting his cute ass on a plane south of Seattle. Everything was in Vancouver – Seattle area’ish due to his work/school schedule. Finally by the third time we’d talked about it, I came to a realization this was not happening.
I do not know about you, but I want a guy who is SO excited about me… will make every excuse to see me any weekend he can get. Even if its just one day.
For those of you on the edge of your seats, Derek soon got the fade out, ( however the barrage of selfies he sent continue to haunt me on every Apple device I own… 🤪)
Girl….Wait for the guy who will make EVERY excuse to see you, not the other way around.
6. Peoples Thoughts And Actions Are a Reflection of Who They Are, Not Who You Are.
7. Surround Yourself With People That Lift You Higher.
We’ve all heard this a gabillion times, but its true.
8. Gratitude Is The Key To Life.
The more I live, the more I am convinced of this. No matter what you’re going through, someone else has it 590 times harder. Living a life full of gratitude, and being happy for what you have will make or break you. I have a gratitude journal and it is one of my most loved possessions.
What were some of your key lessons you learned in 2017? Would love to hear in the comments below!