HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s taken a few days (okay, a week) to come to terms with, but 2018 is finally over.
The past year has been a roller coaster of a ride, but it’s a good a time as any to reflect on the lessons learned along the way – and really embrace and appreciate those lessons in the coming year. So I thought I would share with you the most important things 2018 taught me:
You don’t learn anything by talking.
Learn to listen. When your mouth is shut and your ears are open, that’s when you’re learning the most.
Not everything deserves a response.
There are situations where you are required to respond, and there are situations where you needn’t bother wasting your time. If there is something in your life that is forcing a reaction out of you, think about what good will come out of it. If you can’t think of a good reason to react, then don’t.
Appreciate other people’s time.
You’re a busy person, right? You have things to do, people to see, places to go. We all do. So remember to stop and appreciate the people taking time out of their busy lives to focus on you. Even if it’s just shouting them coffee, sending a message every now and then, or making yourself available in return.
Your darkest hours can end up being your greatest asset.
We grow through what we go through. The experience you have, the situations you’ve been in, the troubles you’ve faced – they’ve all made you a wiser, stronger person. And in turn, you may be able to help someone else who’s going through a tough time.
Friends show up in the unlikeliest of places.
Sometimes the people we would normally overlook, are the exact people who become our closest companions. Keeping an open mind and a happy heart can help you meet the most amazing, inspiring people.
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself, but don’t overdo it. If you take on too much, and expect too much of yourself, you soon start to come undone. Set some foundations in place and have a good support group around you.
It’s the little things that matter most.
They say the best things in life are free. And they’re right. Those morning coffees, reading out your friend’s horoscope, road-trips, dog walks and time spent with loved ones really is food for the soul. Never underestimate the little things.