Hello my loves,
I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, let’s get straight too it.
I’m aware we are already a month into 2023 BUT January is always a test-run; February is the real new year.
2022 was both the best and worst year of my life. I made some amazing memories with new and old friends, met new people, travelled to new places, graduated with an Architecture degree as well as getting my first full-time job in London. However, it was also full of stress and deadlines, lost some of my closest friends, heartbreaks, death, pain and lack of confidence at times.
Whilst it is important to understand there will always be bad with the good, it arguably more important to learn from both to improve one’s circumstances and this journey begins now in February (or whatever month you are currently reading this in).
So below are my top 4 lessons that I learnt in 2022 and will be bringing into 2023 to improve my life and maybe yours too.
The BIGGEST take-away I have had from the past year is to not allow experiences to pass-you-by. This is personal, financial, familial, romantic, the list goes on and on…Do not let yourself miss out on experiences because you are worried about the unknown- the fear of failure or heartbreak is stopping you from living the life you dream of.
Constantly worrying about the next thing is how you miss out on life. Without experiences you are no longer living, just existing. So say yes to a bottomless brunch with your girls, say yes to a lunch date with a new lover, say yes to an inpromtu trip with your family. Don’t let life go on without you.
Of course I understand there are limits to this – financial and personal responsibilities. But the times where those limits can be stretched, STRETCH THEM!. I have made some of my best memories by just saying yes, saying yes to going to an all girls events with women I have never met before, saying yes to a work event that led to a job I never thought I’d get, saying yes to a girls trip to Lisbon which is now probably in my top 3 favourite trips.
So take joy in everything life has to offer, say yes to those experiences you never know who you’ll be on the other end.
Do not let your health become last on your priorities. This is your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Yes that’s a lot and can seem overwhelming, but creating small habits everyday will lead you to an overall healthy lifestyle.
I severely ignored my health in all areas especially during deadline season of my undergrad and it put me in a horrible space for many months. Your health impacts everything you do and once it slips it can be quite difficult to bring yourself out of it so ensure it is always a priority.
Now this looks different for everyone depending on where you live, what you do, and your general preferences and goals or beliefs but my top habits for health are as follows.
Mental Health: meditation, journaling, down-time, solo- dates
Physical Health: yoga, walking, Pilates
Emotional Health: talking to friends and family, journaling, letting myself cry. It is okay to not be okay.
Spiritual Health: mediating, journaling, shadow work i.e checking in with myself
I will be doing an additional post about a healthy lifestyle so make sure to follow to stay up-to-date 🙂
The importance of rest and taking a break.
I think we can all acknowledge that we have heard the scientific benefits of rest and yet many of us still don’t allow ourselves the privilege. But you must. You must find time for rest. Even if that means one hour on a Thursday evening just for you to do whatever you like. This could be a nap, reading by the fire place, watching a movie, going for a walk. Whatever helps you feel rejuvenated make sure you schedule in time every week to do so. It is VITAL and will help you be much more productive in the other areas of your life.
A massive learning curve for me in 2022 was realising we are constantly growing or at least we should be. Whether that means intellectually, emotionally or financially. But growth is uncomfortable so many of us avoid it. This avoidance prevents us from reaching our potential when we could in fact be so much more.
This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect in all situations, absolutely not. It means you give yourself time and space to make mistakes. We are human, which means in essence we are not perfect nor are we meant to be.
Do things that challenge you, do things that scare you. Push yourself, for it is within our comfort that growth dies.
So there you have it, the top 4 things I learnt in 2022 and plan to carry into 2023. I really hope you enjoyed. Make sure to follow and comment and interact with my other socials below.
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