10 Lessons I've Learned in 2017
2017 was a year of growth, expansion, and self-development, but I really didn’t see that at first. As a whole, this year helped me discover things about myself that I’ve been ignoring or pushing aside for the sake of others in my life. I’m not the same person I was last year at this time. I’m more in tune with my needs, my wants, and my own feelings and what they’re worth TO ME.
Everything that I’ve learned in 2017 makes me want to be more of whatever I want to be. I’m more confident and aware of how I truly FEEL for the first time in my life and it feels AMAZING. I’m ready to finally LIVE a life that I designed myself and want to help my clients do the same in 2018, which is why I’m re-launching my life coaching services in the next 2 to 3 months.
Now, I want to share the 10 big lessons that I’ve learned in 2017. These are the most powerful experiences, realizations, and mindset blocks that I’ve dealt with on a personal level. I feel like it’s time to finally release them. This post is an offering of gratitude for everything that each lesson has uncovered and appreciation for the journey that I’ve been on during the last 365 days alone.
Also, when I write, I always allow myself to just type whatever comes out of my fingertips. Some may say that I channel certain statements or thoughts, but I prefer to call this my own intuitive guidance finally making it on “paper” or in this case, right onto the blog itself. You'll see the difference in the way it's written, too.
Without further ado, here are the 10 lessons I’ve learned:
The past is your past for a reason.
Who you were in the past has helped you grow into the woman you are today. All of the winning, losing, grief, heartbreak, confusion, and unsettled emotions have made you a strong an independent woman that you were too afraid to be before. Let the past go with gratitude, forgiveness, and appreciation for everything that you’ve learned.
You're not a bird in a cage. You’re meant to fly.
You are meant for so much more than you thought and there are people around you now that will help you see and experience that.
Trust your intuition and use that as a starting point.
Things don’t always turn out the way you want them to and they have different outcomes for a reason. Life is all about figuring out what that reason is and why you need to learn this lesson.
Do what makes you happy.
Just because someone else doesn’t approve of what you want, doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve it or need it in your life. They are projecting their own insecurities on you and trying to make you see things through their eyes. Tip: Life doesn’t work that way.
Enjoy your alone time and use it to recharge as much as you need to.
If you need one day a week to reclaim your sanity, by all means, do whatever you can to make that happen. Shut off the phone, turn off the TV, and completely unplug based on your own needs. If you want to watch a movie that makes you cry, do it. If you need to meditate and do yoga, get your Namaste on. You need to know where your boundaries lie and make sure you honor them.
The people you lost are still with you every day and love you for exactly who you are and who you’ve become.
The loss of my Father and Grandfather has been with me every single day and I know they’re watching over me every second of every day. I'm so happy for the time that I got to spend with both of them and will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
Self-Love & Clarity are the two things that you’ve been missing in your life.
You need to love yourself in order to find the clarity that you’re looking for. Life has a funny way of turning upside down before you see the light.
Your self worth isn’t dictated by the amount of money in your bank account.
It’s all about how you feel. Love yourself and know that you are worth a hell of a lot more than you’re giving yourself credit for. End of story.
You are destined for so much more than you think.
You are finally starting to see that based on the small changes that you make every day. Take a deep breath every morning and tell yourself this before you get out of bed. Start your day with an open heart and mind.
You are the only one who has held yourself back.
It’s true and you know it. You let the opinion of others dictate your emotions, actions, and choices. It stops right now. Own your journey, live your life, and be whoever the hell you want to be. This is your life and no one else can change that.
While I typed all of these lessons out, I started crying - like really crying. Writing this post has helped me release all of the shit that has been burdening me in 2017 and I’m ready to start with a brand new slate in 2018.
"I release all things from the past year that has caused any negative attachment. I prepare to welcome new changes, new lessons and new adventures. I welcome new opportunities to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually." - Namaste The Buddha
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
How has 2017 reshaped your life? What lessons did you learn? Share them below in the comments.