I learned a lot in 2015, perhaps more than in any other year. I definitely always feel empowered at the start of a new year, I know that really it’s just another day – but sometimes we all need something to force us into a little bit of self reflection, to gather our thoughts and re-ignite a flame of hope for the future.
It’s a good time to look at who you were, who you are and who you want to be. And I’m always amazed at how much things can change in one year. I’m not doing resolutions, I’ve given up ‘giving up’ as it were – instead I took some time to look at what I learned in 2015 and came up with a few tips that I’m going to swear by in 2016 (hopefully you might find some useful).
You won’t lose any sleep over being kind to people.
Empty vessels make most noise (old fashioned quote of the year).
You simply cannot please everyone, so don’t even try!
Sometimes you have to let people go so that they can find their way back to you.
Don’t do things just because you feel you should be doing them, do them when you’re ready and move at your own pace.
Don’t give in to envy or jealousy; you never know the true story behind someone else’s highlight reel. Appreciate who you are, what you have and immerse yourself in your own life (and making it amazing).
If you’re taking a different path from the people around you, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Distance yourself from the people who stress you out or try to make you feel inferior. They are honestly not worth a minute of your time.
Never feel like you have to justify yourself to anybody.
Just because you don’t broadcast success doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing well.
People are never ‘too busy’ – it’s a case of sorting your priorities.
You’ll get kicked far more than you’ll ever get praised – being oversensitive won’t get you anywhere.
Before you just ‘assume’, try asking.
Don’t pour scorn on people just because they’ve chosen a different path to you; embrace the fact that not everyone is conventional and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to live your life.
Don’t settle or give up on things too young.
Knowledge that you can be completely self-sufficient is one of the most empowering things.
Sometimes when you think things are falling apart, they can actually be falling into place.
If you think something can’t ever be fixed – it can.
The impossible can actually happen (I promise you this).
Be independent, be different, be positive, be happy – and surround yourself with positive people.
Do what makes you happy and never stop hoping that things will all work out as they should 🙂 I honestly believe that the things we’re all going through now, the worries, the hopes, the fears, all the things we think are so important – we’ll laugh about the angst one day, because it will all have fallen into place.
So enjoy the ride for now – you may as well!!
Happy New Year! xoxoxo