The end of the year is always a natural time for reflection on the past 12 months and looking forward to the year ahead. 2014 represented, for me, a leap forward in my understanding of myself and my place in the world so at the end of November, I started documenting all of the most important lessons I’d learned during the year. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Flossing. It’s more important than you realize.
- When people show you who they really are, believe them.
- People value you as much as you value yourself.
- The path of least resistance isn’t always the right one to take.
- Let it go. Let it go.
- When you look good, you feel good (thanks, Moms).
- Hold your loved ones close. No, closer. No, even closer than that.
- The best way to learn is to try, fail, and try again. Failure is one of the best teachers in the world.
- Don’t wait to wear the new dress or the expensive perfume
- Every day you’re living and breathing is special.
- Honesty with yourself is the best kind.
- Early setbacks don’t mean you’re done.
- Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
- That secret passion that’s been nagging you all your life? Give it air and room to grow and breathe and see what comes of it.
While there’s still a little bit of 2014 left (and possibly more lessons to learn), I’m really looking forward to next year and putting what I’ve learned into practice. To life!