And just like that, 2018 is on it’s way out. What a year it’s been. For me personally, 2018 was one of the busiest and most challenging years of my life. Although it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, it’s leaving me in the best mental state I have ever been in and for that I am so thankful. This year really was the year for growth, so what better way to honour 2018 than to highlight all the wonderful lessons it taught me. 2019, I am so ready for you!
Life isn’t a race & there’s no need to compare your story to others or your own expectations. Your timing is the right timing for YOU.
Not every season in your life will be smooth sailing. Some will be extremely challenging and painful, but they are oh so necessary. If you allow it, these seasons will provide you with incredible growth and gratitude.
Be true to yourself, always.
Distance yourself from anyone that does not speak kindly about you or who wishes for you to fall. There doesn’t need to be any drama attached to this, you’re simply not resonating with each other at this point in time. Just let them be and do your own thing. This will allow room for people to come into your life who wholeheartedly want the best for you and bring out the best in you.
Don’t make decisions from a negative head space.
Although society has a cultural bias towards extroverts, there is a lot of power in having introverted tendencies if only you stop fighting against it and instead learn to work with them.
Show compassion to everyone, even those who have done wrong by you. At the end of the day, we are all catalysts to help one another grow. Be grateful for the lessons they taught you.
Let go of all limiting beliefs you hold against yourself. These were created through muddied perceptions from either yourself or others. Create new beliefs that empower you.
You are perfect just the way you are. Don’t let society’s silly ideals influence the way you see yourself.
Don’t let social media take over your life. Take breaks when you need it, be mindful of how much time you spend scrolling and follow people that inspire you.
Even when you feel as though your whole world is falling apart, it doesn’t mean you have to go down with it. Be the calm within the chaos.
When life seems confusing trust that there is always a method to the madness, you just can’t see it yet. One day you’ll look back to find a masterpiece .
Self awareness is the key to being centered.
Acknowledge your emotions/thoughts without judgement and whilst maintaining awareness, allow them to pass by without consuming you.
Don’t play small to make other people comfortable.
Make the most of what you have in this very stage of your life. Stop waiting for the next big thing or until you’ve obtained x, y or z.
Recognise the patterns within your life that aren’t conducive to your well-being and happiness.
Be mindful of where you place your focus. Don’t get bogged down in meaningless drama or overthinking. Just live in the moment and enjoy this crazy experience of being human.
Nothing will change if you don’t change.
Distractions are not a healthy coping mechanism. Go within and release. A moment of pain is far less challenging than creating mental/emotional blockages that persist a lifetime.
Take your power back. You were not put on this Earth to please others and/or worry about what everyone else thinks of you.
Some things that really sunk in from my placement at the children’s hospital:
1) We are all incredibly lucky and we often take too much for granted.
2) Helping others makes life richer.
There’s no need to box yourself into a label or category. Embrace your contrasts and contradictions.
Embrace EVERYTHING life has to offer. Don’t block yourself off to avoid pain; doing so will cause you to miss out on experiences and growth.
Release all attachments to people and things.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. This has always been a tough one for me, but I think in 2018 I made great progress ❤️
Thankyou 2018, next. xx