1. Don't be afraid to be who you are. I have spent a lot of my life trying to fit into someone elses version of me. In 2012 I learned that when I stop worrying about what other people think of me, I think a lot more of myself. Blogging has been a big part of me finding my true voice. So thanks to all of you who've been listening!
2. Good things come to those that don't force them. If you want something bad enough, don't settle until you get it. Don't take good enough when patience will bring you perfect. This can apply to so many aspects of life and for me it was my career.
3. Embrace change. Fighting it will only make you more unhappy than the change itself. Change means growth and growth means strength.
4. Identify your happy place and make it part of your routine to be there. For me it is a particular beach. I try to go at least once a week and appreciate the splendor that is the earth.
5. If it doesn't expire within the next 3 weeks, it is probably not that good for you. Frozen foods aside, if it could survive an apocalypse it's not going to be easy for your body to digest and it's going to ferment in your intestines... just say no to processed foods (Self, I am talking to you!)
6. Invest in multiple types of shampoo and conditioner. Use one of the more expensive brands like Kerestase at least 1-2 times a week. It'll make a difference and it won't kill your bank account. Use something cheaper in between to save money. (I recommend Mane and Tail. It keeps hair healthy and shiny!)
7. He's just not that into you. No I didn't read the book, but I have come to realize looking at both my relationship and the relationships of my friends, both successful and unsuccessful, if he wants to see you, he will find a way. If he wants to talk to you, he will find a way. And if he wants you, he will show you.
8. You are in control of your own destiny. While I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, I also think you have to be the one driving the change. Maybe that means prayer, maybe that means envisioning the things you want, maybe it means not taking no for an answer. Just remember you are in the drivers seat!
9. Don't be afraid to be good at what you do. Whatever it is, own it. Celebrate you successes and be confident in your work.
10. Accept failure and mistakes. Fail informatively. Don't place blame. Accepting fault and coming up with a solution to the problem is sometimes more impressive than if you had succeeded in the first place. A person that can claim their failures along with their successes can learn from them.
11. Make time for those that matter. I love to catch up with friends and family when I am stuck in traffic. It makes the time go by faster and it makes me less angry at the asshole that just cut me off. I think I have more quality talks with those I care about now that I live in another state.
|This little boy is in the final stages of cystic fibrosis and wanted to hold a record for number of Christmas cards received|
12. Be kind. It's easy to forget to be kind when life gets hectic, but random acts of kindness are so heartwarming. It makes my day so much better when I do something unexpected for someone else. I can live off the high for the rest of the day.
What are some things 2012 taught you?