2017 Reflection: 7 Lessons To Take Away From The Year

January 1, 2018

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I used to be gung-ho about creating New Year’s resolutions. Like, I got a high from doing it (it’s the type A, neurotic part of me that helps me to get so much shit done) but this year, I’m kind of over making resolutions. Instead, I wanted to reflect on what I learned/experienced in 2017 and apply it to the first month of 2018. I like to set monthly goals for myself based on what's going on in my life at that time. This way, I don’t feel overwhelmed and can devote tunnel vision focus on one goal at a time. For January 2018, I’m focusing on letting go. And I am so ready to let go of 2017. I think it’s unfair and ungrateful to say that 2017 was a bad year. Yes, it was full of a lot of stress and pain, but it was also full of a lot of amazing lessons, victories, and growth. And that’s something I’ll never take for granted. 

To honor this past year, I did a 25 question reflection exercise created by Maxie McCoy (which you can find here). Honestly, I put off doing this exercise because I was afraid to revisit the past. I wanted to avoid the painful lessons that I had in 2017, but as soon as I finished the questions, I felt stronger and grateful for everything I experienced during the year. Yes, I cried a lot while reflecting, but those tears needed to be shed in order for me to really move the hell on and GTF over it. The last question in the exercise asks us to share what we’ve learned about life, love and ourselves, and I wanted to share 7 truths that I learned in 2017. 

1. Run towards the things and people who bring us joy.
2. Make more time for fun or else I’ll burn the f*** out. 
3. We have to let go in order to invite something or someone new into our lives. 
4. Gratitude + discipline is the recipe for creating our dream life. We have to ask for what we want, believe we deserve and can have it, take positive action over and over again to get it and then we will receive it. It’s literally that simple, but "simple" doesn’t necessarily mean easy. 
5. If I don’t take care of myself, I lose myself and check out of life. #boringselfcare is a must for me. Above all, we have to love and respect ourselves. 
6. God will continue to put the same obstacles in front of us until we learn how to overcome them. Trust me on this, I kept facing the same freaking issues, again and again, this year because I kept avoiding my disappointments, pains, and failures instead of learning from them. 
7. Jealousy, comparison, and greed are a waste of energy because there’s enough good in the world to go around. No one else can have what’s meant for you; I have to remind myself this every single damn day in order to stay sane. 

Now I’d love to hear what you learned about life, love or yourself this year, so please share in the comments below. I'm wishing you an amazing year filled with ease and flow. We've got this. And thanks for reading; I appreciate you more than you know!

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