Hello, 2019! I had the most wonderful time with family during the holidays. Now, it’s back to real life. I’m looking forward to new adventures, experiences, and moments.
I usually do a little reflection on the past year, as most do, in preparation for the new one. I learned a lot in 2018. I had some amazing moments which I’m so thankful for. I also faced some challenges which I am also thankful for. Each moment shapes us, informs us, and ultimately strengthens us. Here are a few things I learned in 2018:
You can’t do it all. That’s ok.
The more you own, the more that owns you.
Not everyone that says they want the best for you really does.
Being kind is more important than being right.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
However good or bad a situation, it is temporary.
Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
Take a deep breath.
Take it one day at a time.
Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in reality, this single event often means next to nothing. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. Truthfully, it probably won’t matter 5 minutes from now. It’s hard to see long-term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.
Surround yourself with the right people – the ones who keep you accountable and rooted. Keep them close as they are the ones that help you see what really matters.
Learn something new and share something new. It can be easy to get stuck in a routine. Sometimes we lose track of what is important and what fuels us to be better. I love learning but have to admit there are plenty of times where I just crash on my couch after a long day of work and watch hours upon hours of Netflix. I’m sure Frank Underwood is teaching me things (or what things not to do) but truth is, I could / should be using that time to learn, develop or explore something new. These days I’m working on developing a creative habit. Many of us live in chaos – things are always changing and unraveling.
I can only imaging that creativity help shape the mush around us into something – of creating our own order. With that said, these days I’m focusing on:
- Doing something creative every day. It can be anything for as short or long a time as you’d like. A sketch, a creative blog, a podcast, a film, your food, etc.
- Not going too crazy with art supplies. I’m just walking around with my laptop, pocket size journal, and a mechanical pencil.
- Being consistent. Hello commitment. It can be so easy to not stick to something. I’ve got reminders set up on my phone in order to keep myself accountable.
- Skipping perfection. I like to be right and do things right so this is an exceptionally important thing for me to keep top of mind. It’s ok that I’m not ‘good’ at it – the point is there is beauty in imperfection.
- Just saying yes to this. I’m hoping in a few days I’ll find that this was totally worth it.
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