I hope you’ve had a 2015 that was filled with happiness and dreams come true or at least dreams in the making coming closer to the finish line. I have a lot to be thankful for this year and I am encouraged to keep pushing in 2016.
It’s amazing how your perspective can change when a door opens and you finally take yourself out of a toxic environment that you didn’t realize how bad it really was. An incredible amount of energy frees up waiting to be shifted towards more important areas of your life.
my best lessons learned – 2015
One of the things I’ve learned this year is summed up by this quote:
“The only keeper of your happiness is you. Stop giving people the power to control your smile, your worth and your attitude.” – Mandy Hale
This quote works both ways. Whether someone is trying to wipe that smile off your face or is making an effort to make you feel like a happy camper all the time. Why would anyone want to change your current mood or your personality? So that you feel happy? Don’t let the bad energy eat you up? Isn’t life about going through a journey filled with good and bad things? Aren’t the changing moods and handling situations the essence of you? …inevitable anyways? You can ease my pain, but you can never make it go away.
define “failure” as “failing to take action”
If you switch out “failure” with “failing to take action“, you instantly put situations under your control. Circumstances are always there and always will be, but I’ve found that this attitude puts more pressure / motivation on me to push it more to get to where I want to be or just to simply mark that thing off my to do list. I think longer about my goals, the pros and cons etc. Once I commit to a goal, it has to happen, which means I have to push myself until there is a YAY or a NAY.
embrace yourself and don’t be afraid of people talking about you
This has been a lifetime battle of mine. I’m always suspicious of people and what they might think of me. Thinking about what others may or may not think or say about you will burn an incredible amount of energy. So, STOP! I stopped and I feel more liberated, content and me. You can’t change people anyways so why not embrace YOU and be the character that gives them something to chew on.
end each day with gratitude
I try to think of one thing to be thankful for that day and another one that I accomplished. It also doesn’t hurt starting your day with an expectation (a realistic one). Your productivity level and general attitude towards life will change.
do as little overtime as possible
If you start off the day with the attitude of having to do overtime, you most likely will and you’ll end up with a less productive day. I certainly had times when overtime was inevitable, but setting 4:45PM as the goal to be done with everything that was planned for that day, actually keeps my productivity level pretty high. Most of the time I was out the door at a reasonable hour and made it to the spa for a mani. …and a lot of times I cheated and started work at 7AM, skipped lunch, just so I could make it home early enough to spend time with my hubby.
drink more water
Ya know, water can be the most delicious thing when your thirsty. I managed to completely eliminate any flavored drinks in 2015. I drink water, tea, milk and coffee. …and I am happy and my skin is grateful.
What are your lessons learned in 2015?
Photos by Rick Robillard