Each year on my birthday, when I reflect on my greatest lessons learned throughout the past 365 days, I wonder if its the same lessons every year. The beauty of writing a blog is that I have the ability to go back and check.
When I turned 31 I wrote about changing friendships, making a conscious effort to bring more quality time to my life, and following my creative voice.
When I turned 32 I expressed gratitude for the benefits that the lessons of 31 had brought to my life. I wrote about learning to have patience, and putting one foot in front of the other each day no matter how hard the road became.
When I turned 33 There was more gratitude, more confidence, and a reflection on the significance of the small things in life, and the benefits of having a good attitude.
Now here I am, 34 years old, reading these old posts and truly marveling at my life. Not only because I can clearly see my progress, but knowing how quickly things changed, and knowing with certainty that the future holds adventures beyond anything that I can imagine. If I try to remember myself 5 years ago, before my whole life was documented, I know that I was fine, but I was terribly unfulfilled. In retrospect, despite seeming hopeless at times, it wasn’t really all that hard to make the switch. It has actually been pretty fun.
Obviously small goal setting and reflection has worked for me, so for 34 I’ve got a few things I’d like to note.
My main lesson from this year, and goal moving forward, is to always give your very best to those who matter most. When you’re fully connected with those who lift you up and bring joy to your life, problems seem to shrink, and everything in life becomes easier. When you give all of yourself to those things that are dragging you down, your whole life seems like one never-ending struggle. This year will be about recognizing the difference between who matters, and who doesn’t, and making sure that I give the best of myself to those that count.
My other huge, glaring lesson from this year is to always lead by example. Words are worthless, while actions are incredibly powerful. The only way to bring any kind of validity to life is to fully represent what you stand for. I will continue to remind myself of this each and every day.
Thirty four, ready for more! I am ready. Each year is better than the last and I’m absolutely ready for more challenges, more triumphs, more joy and more gratitude. Let’s do this.