Ah, 2022....what a year it has been! From love and loss to broken chains and newfound freedom, this year has been a rollercoaster ride full of excitement. Although my vision board for the upcoming new year isn't quite finished (or started to be honest), I want to take a moment of reflection to note the biggest lessons from my most transformative year yet. So without further delay, and in no certain order, here are 22 Lessons from my amazing 2022. May they be a reminder of the strength and greatness within you. Happy New Year!!!
Self love is the best and most liberating love. Give yourself permission to have fun!
Watch your back, save receipts, and advocate for yourself, relentlessly.
Follow your gut. Know when to fight and when to walk away.
You can do anything with God.
There is nothing too hard for God. Stay prayed up, and do your part (James 2:17). He's got the rest.
If they seem emotionally unavailable, then they are.
If they wanted to, they would.
Call it what it is and form realistic expectations. Never beg someone to see, hear, or love you.
Be your authentic self at ALL times. If you can't show up as yourself, then don't show up at all.
Show up for others, and they will show up for you.
Sometimes priorities change. Sometimes you have to pivot. Do what you need to do without shame.
Therapy is an incredible privilege that costs, but pays off in dividends. Talk to somebody.
Honor your strengths and give yourself credit for working on your weaknesses.
Be patient and kind with yourself (and others).
We're all individuals on our own journey. Give grace, but understand that every person is responsible for doing their own internal work. You can't do it for them.
Set boundaries and stick to them. Don't be surprised by the result of breaking them.
Where there is a will, there is a way; you are unstoppable as long as you're willing to work hard and try.
Excuses are tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness. Literally.
Journaling is cleansing for the mind and soul. If you can't say it out loud, then write it down and release.
Cycles that aren't broken often repeat. Recognize and assess the growth inhibiting and/or generational cycles in your life. Make a plan to break them or release yourself from their hold.
Each of us is assigned a purpose. Ignoring it won't make it go away. You are chosen; act like it.
Adults need villages, too. Surround yourself with individuals who accept you for who you are. They are the ushers who will support you through the struggle, speak your name in rooms you can't fathom, and who will shine light on possibilities you didn't even consider for yourself. Make sure you pour into your village as much as you take.
...And one to grow on:
Cups that aren't refilled will run dry. You are worthy of being refilled with emotional safety, support, love, and rest.