Hello you beautiful soul, you!
As I’m sitting here thinking and backtracking all that’s happened since my last birthday eve, I can’t help but process the lessons I’ve accrued over the past 12 months. I’ll be candid in saying that overall, this year has been one for the freakin’ books. A year of much growth and ambiguity, but also a year of great accomplishment, closure, and new beginnings. So with that being said, here’s a few helpful thoughts and lessons that have shown up for me throughout the past year:
1.) In what feels like an eternity day by day, a year passes so crushingly quick.
2.) Just when you think things aren’t going to get better, they miraculously do.
3.) Making yourself proud is one of the greatest steps toward loving and appreciating yourself. You may not love your body or have a deep admiration your personality (YET), but finding ways to make yourself proud will 10 times out of 10 help you recognize your strength and power.
4.) After accomplishing something big like finishing graduate school, or buying a new house, or even making your dream job a reality, you can inevitably expect some kind of deflation period. You’ve put in a ton of work to get where you are, of course you’re going to ask yourself, “okay, what now?”. Your body, mind, AND spirit are in need of some recuperation. Be kind to yourself during this time.
5.) Life will NEVER be perfect. Searching for perfection is a losing battle, instead, search for peace.
6.) LOVE is your destiny. You are love, you are made from love, and with that understanding, love will in return cultivate around you. Also, wait. Don’t settle for anything or anyone less than extraordinary. Wait for someone who assists in creating stillness in your mind and passion in your heart.
7.) ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS. Why do things work certain ways? What makes (this) so important to me? How can i see things differently? What do i want from this situation? Asking questions builds truth and critical thinking skills. Those skills are essential to you.
8.) Fun fact: you don’t have to be friends with EVERYONE. Protect yo energy. It’s your lifeline.
9.) Leave the bullshit to the bullshitters. You’re not one of them. When you don’t know something, hold your head high and admit you don’t know. Don’t pretend to know something out of fear that someone would judge you. Don’t lie to ensure people are “impressed by you”. Don’t compromise your thoughts or feelings to make others feel more comfortable. Of course doing this is terrifying and takes major practice, but just know that the real, honest you will always win.
10.) You are the most astounding, beautiful, mess the world has ever been graced with. Don’t you dare forget it. Shine. Your. Imperfect. Light.
This was a simple, yet super cathartic post for me. Kind of unexpected but also clarifying to see how peaceful this was to write. I seriously feel nothing but gratitude all around, as I enter into my birthday and 27th year with new found wisdom and perspective.
I just have to end this post by saying thank you. Thank you all for reading today, and for allowing me to utilize this space as not only a way to spread inspiration, but also a space conducive for my own healing. In case you didn’t know, you’re not alone. We’re all connected in some form or fashion. Just as you’re healing from your life wounds, I too am healing.
May you all remain peaceful throughout this holiday season!!