over the past 6 months, I have realized that– life is quite the educator. Instead of creating resolutions that will come to an end around March, I decided to reflect on the past year– especially the last 6 months. A lot happened. A lot of lessons came to my attention. & A lot began to change.
life is challenging//
i know, I started with an obvious one. But it’s 1000% true. How would growth occur if we are not learning, experiencing, and living with the challenges life throws at us? In order to gain perspective, events happen, opinions alter. That is kinda how it goes. Even though this last half of the year was difficult, I wouldn’t change it– because all of those events have shaped who I am today (as cheesy as that sounds)
you are stronger than you think//
this one took me a while to even recognize. Yes, horrible, terrible, unfortunate events can happen– but you can get through it. I promise you. Just 6 months ago, one event turned my whole world upside down. Because of this, I didn’t know how I was going to get through. I was broken and lost. But with time and support, healing began. You can take on a lot more than you ever thought.
take time for yourself//
this is probably one of the most important lessons I learned. In order to have a healthy mind, you need to do what’s best for yourself. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the hectic events of life, which makes it vital to schedule time for YOURSELF. During this quarter, I have woke up early some mornings to take a walk around Seattle and treat myself to coffee. I began to look forward to the time alone to clear my head– whether that means journaling, yoga, or taking myself on a date
be intentional with family and friends//
this is one of my favorites and have really put into practice. Over the past 6 months, a lot of things have changed around me. But through all of those changes, I have had consistent friends and family members stick by me. That is what they are here for! It made me realize how appreciative I am to have them in my life. Because of this, each week I have scheduled time to see different friends during breaks and after work. Yes, it causes me to be a little more busy– but they are worth it!
time = healing//
after big events happen in your life, the only cure is time. I know that is the worst to hear during the time of the problem, but that is the most accurate words of wisdom. I couldn’t see any positives when I was dwelling in all of my negativity. Time allows one process, cope, learn, and gain new understanding
let life surprise you//
**REMINDER** life isn’t all bad! There are so many things that happen that create happiness!.One of the things in order to really embrace this was have a 5 Things Journal. Every night, I write 5 things that make smile. Life can surprise you with a new friend, a passing grade when you thought you failed, free coffee that day you couldn’t keep your eyes open, a call from someone you hadn’t heard from for a while, a genuine conversation, the exact words that you needed to hear, etc