18 Things I Learned In 2018

As I round out the year on the sofa with my pup, I have decided to look back on what seemed like the longest year of my life. 2018 has been a year filled with excitement, frustrations, and revelations, but most of all, it has been a year of lessons. My goal/resolution (if you can call it that) is to never forget these teachings and maybe share some that you can carry on with you into your new year. So here we go…

  1. Sometimes self care is saying “no” to things that might be important to others. It isn’t necessary to spread yourself so thin for the sake of those around you. If those people are really YOUR people, they will be supportive and understanding.
  2. Medication is NOT as bad as it is made out to be. Sometimes a little anti-anxiety pill can be the key to more ease and less panic. Breathwork can be a HUGE help, but there is only so much you can do. Allow yourself the compassion to try it out for a while.
  3. Life with a puppy can be insane and amazing all in one setting! Getting a rescue dog is even more rewarding. (I LOVE YOU ZSUZSA!!!)
  4. Investing in massages can be a indulgent treat/gift to yourself that keeps on giving. Also, don’t call your Massage Therapist a Masseuse unless you are looking for a sexual favor (you’re welcome).
  5. Becoming a mentor to people who are in a tough place (specifically one that you used to be in – like struggling with an Eating Disorder) can be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do. Watching them progress will make your heart burst!
  6. Piercing your nose hurts like a MOFO, but doing it in solidarity with your impulsive sister makes it worth it. ❤
  7. Using a menstrual cup can be completely life changing (especially when you have a heavier cycle). Not only is it great for the environment, but you won’t have to constantly be changing in the bathroom because it regularly lasts up to 12 hours!
  8. Know your worth, and don’t allow anyone to give you any less. When you walk away from things that no longer serve you, you open up the opportunity for better things to come your way.
  9. Sometimes you’ll hear about a great opportunity, and you’ll even try to give it a shot. Once you realize how much energy you’ve invested in trying to build up a new “thing”, you can use all that effort to do the things you REALLY want to do.
  11. There are a lot of hateful people in the world, but there are also an abundance of beautiful, compassionate, strong humans destined to make a difference in the world.
  12. Going to the movies by yourself is one of the most undervalued possibilities to take advantage of. Especially when movies like the Avengers make you ugly cry…
  13. Spending money on expanding your knowledge (especially in workshops that confirm your belief in wiggling and moving) is worth every penny.
  14. Hammocks are a WONDERFUL invention. Get one as soon as you can.
  15. The Calm App is full of fantastic applications, and the breath circle is a simple way to share the concept of deep breathing. Use the bedtime stories when you need some help getting to sleep.
  16. Visit the beach (Galveston counts) as much as you can. It is super therapeutic and the best kind of stillness.
  17. Sometimes its a good idea to try out the challenging things, like learning another language, go rock climbing, or reach out to a friend when you are deep into a depression.
  18. Trust yourself. Your instincts are rarely wrong.

If you’ve made it this far, cheers! Here’s to ending this long year and starting the next on a high note. Remember to turn the corners of your lips upward and take a deep breath. You are worthy ❤
The light in me loves the light in you.

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