2017 was an interesting year for me.
I was challenged.
I turned inward and began to heal parts of myself I didn’t even know existed.
I finished this year by graduating from my final degree and for the first time in like 17.5 years I will not be going back to school in January. I am an adult now (how? what?) and I’m pretty excited about it! It is going to be a change but, I am super exited for what’s in store for 2018, I have big ideas and dreams!
17 Things I learned in 2017.
- Meditation can change my entire day. When I take the time to connect in the morning and again before bed I am a completely different person. I have patience and I find myself in a better mood overall.
- Life is more enjoyable when you have lower expectations. Honestly, if you have low or no expectations of people and situations you will find yourself happier. When we compare others or ourselves to our expectations we often get disappointed. So, if we have lower or no expectations we learn to appreciate the little things.
- Daiya Mac and Cheese can fix pretty much anything.
- So can lying in bed in the dark with your cats.
- It’s OK to say no. And you should do it as much as you need to. Saying no isn’t selfish if that is how you truly feel. Honour and acknowledge that by saying “no” to work, friends, family, your partner, school, yourself, social media.
- Forgiveness isn’t weakness. Forgiveness is letting go of people or experiences that have hurt you so you can learn, heal, and grow.
- Self-love makes everything easier. Once I loved myself and everything that comes with that (which is A LOT for me) I stopped seeking that love from others which allowed me to connect with myself and look inward to begin healing. It also taught me to care MUCH less about what others think of me, which gave me the confidence to start my blog and share that with my social media platforms.
- You don’t need to worry about the ‘what if’s’ because it hasn’t happened yet, and if they do we can deal with it when it happens.
- Good friends come when you least expect it. Appreciate them, compliment them, listen to them, love them.
- Red wine is good. Honestly, how did it take me this long to figure it out?
- When something bothers you about someone else, it’s just a reflection of what bothers you about yourself. Life is a giant mirror.
- The Universe only gives you things you can handle. We are constantly being guided and provided for by the Universe, we just have to be still enough to see it.
- Life is short. I know, sounds corny but I was reminded of it this year. Embrace each day and make the conscious decision to choose happiness.
- I feel at home near the water, it sparks my creativity and grounds me.
- Believing in something bigger than myself takes a lot of pressure off of me, and allows me to surrender to a greater energy. An energy that loves and supports me unconditionally. One that has set out a divine plan created exactly for me.
- People will have thoughts and assumptions about you. But, it does not mean their thoughts and assumptions are TRUE. You know your true and authentic self, their thoughts and assumptions reflect their perception of you, but are not always reality. You and your close family and friends know the real you.
- Appreciate what you already have, rather than focus on what you do not have, how do you not look, what you do not feel. A daily practice of gratitude can (and will) completely change the way you live your life and the way you feel about yourself and those around you.