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.
It’s time to pause and be thankful for that special someone or something that has come along in our lifetime and made life – no matter where we are – brighter and sweeter.
Now, that bright spot deserves to be thanked, cared for, acknowledged, and loved because it has moved us in immense ways.
This Thanksgiving, thank him/her or that something from the bottom of your heart.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
Here’s what I’ve currently been up to.
A little personal growth exercise and an easy way for you to get to know me through answers to a few questions.
- Morning alone time with Jesus and a side of coffee.
- Exploring a new place or area with my boyfriend, close friends, and/or family.
- Healthy, delicious eating throughout the day.
- Control over my time.
- Fun leisure activities (preferably outdoors).
- A bubble bath.
- A good night’s sleep.
- Painting, drawing, crafting (creating).
- Watching a great movie or episode.
- Swimming at the beach / pool.
- Going for a hike.
- Playing soccer.
- Sipping coffee at home, on my lounge chair, under my cozy blanket with my favorite person.
I am an over thinker so anything that will distract and ease my mind is magic in my eyes.
Five Year Old Me:
- Share. It’ll help you make and keep friends.
Sixteen Year Old Me:
- You don’t have to be good at everything. Your parents and God love you, no matter what. You are good enough.
Twenty-One Year Old Me:
- Life is a beautiful gift. Don’t lose sleep or punish yourself when things don’t go according to your plan. God sees you and knows what you need.
- Don’t let idiots ruin your day.
Perfect timing for this quote. The amazing thing about perception is it can be changed. On those days when things just aren’t going as you wish, look for the things that are. Look at the things that bring you peace. The things that make you happy. The things that let you know that everything will be okay, in time.
We’ve all heard it before. We must learn to love ourselves before we can truly love another or let someone fully in. However, in my opinion, if we want to experience true intimacy or vulnerability (which is so stinkin’ hard) we need a little help from the people around us. What I mean is, sometimes the only way to learn self-love is by being loved precisely in the areas where we feel most unsure & most tender. And because most of us don’t learn things the first time, we need to be taught to love certain aspects of ourselves – again & again – by the ones around us. You know, the people who love us most and don’t give up on us.
There is a freedom that comes from knowing who you are. Knowing what principles you stand by, what moves you, and what shakes you. I’d like to encourage us this month to fall in love with taking care of yourself. Baby steps, of course. I find that when I take care of Chantal I am at my best. Therefore, my relationships (and I’m not just talking romantic relationships) are at their best. So go on and love yourself. Take care of yourself. And if you need a little help from your friends, let them help you out.
It’s a new year! Crazy to believe it’s officially 2018. I like fresh starts and I like taking the time to reset and get refreshed. So, after a few weeks of vacation and a little introspection I’m ready to start the new year. This year, I decided to do something a little different. I spent some time reading my Bible and really checking myself- asking myself some tough questions and perhaps some things that I had ignored and put off in 2017. A word kept popping into my head and as I prayed, I realized this might be the thing I need to focus on this year if I truly want to become a person who is constantly growing and becoming better. This year’s word is EASE.
In the moments I’m overwhelmed, I’d like to rest in Him. I’d like to hold onto His promises and know that He’s got it and that I can chill out and not have everything figured out all the time.
If you like resolutions, have at it. If you like goal-setting, do it. If you want an intention, a theme per se, for how you want your year to flow, then maybe take a few minutes, hours, days to find that one word.
Being grateful for what we have is sometimes (most times) all we need. The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and it’d be a miss if I didn’t take the time to pause and be grateful.
It’s been a year. It literally takes 5 minutes of watching the news to feel overwhelmed by the state of our nation. But, in spite of the craziness, there is still so much to be grateful for. I never want to lose sight of the good and beauty that is still around me. Here is a short list of what my little heart is thankful for right now.
- MY JOB.
- THOSE WEEKENDS THAT FEEL LONGER THAN 2 DAYS.
- MORNINGS I CAN SLEEP IN.
- MOVIE & TV SERIES MARATHONS.
- FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
- THE FOOD ON MY TABLE.
- BAD DAYS. (THEY MAKE THE GOOD DAYS BETTER.)
- THE PEOPLE I LOVE.
- THE LESSONS I’VE LEARNED THIS YEAR.
- GOOD COFFEE.
- THE SONGS THAT ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL BETTER.
- THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO ARE ALWAYS MAKING SURE I GET HOME SAFELY.
- HAPPY TEARS.
- WARM HANDS AND LONG HUGS.