Lessons Learned in 2017
In all my thirty-seven years, this was the first upcoming New Years Eve that I can’t wait to usher in the New Year. 2017 just has to GO – PLEASE 2018 – hurry in QUICK!!!! I felt from last year’s celebration, a hovering - uneasy notion once the ball dropped for 2017. I didn’t feel excited for 2017 at all, and at that time, I hadn’t a clue why I was feeling this ominous intuition. As this year took form, however, it all became clearer.
First, our world itself went through a purge with its weather, politics, local news, and whistleblowers. I’ve never heard/saw so many natural disasters in one year throughout the world and how devastating the effects were, ranging from earthquakes, numerous hurricanes, and wildfires. Having a new President and how our country started to divide in ways unimaginable—unsettling! Watching the truth unfold in Hollywood, starting a ripple effect elsewhere to finally bring justice to those victimized—totally shocking! All this can make anyone feel the effects in so many ways. So much more needs to be healed on our planet more than ever, and our involvement is so crucial! Our world’s events raise questions such as, “How can I help more?” “Who can I help?” “What can I bring to the table that’s different?” “Where can I devote my time to?” “Where do I stand?”
On a more personal note, 2017 taught me a lot about myself and what I’ve been neglecting. I know a lot of people like to set resolutions, but before they do—they have to recognize first where they’ve been.
2017 was a very busy year for me, filled with some ups and downs. Among the ups were three weddings – two of which my best friends were brides, my book signing in Delaware, working out of a holistic store conducting Angel Readings and workshops, family occasions, some summer trips including my first time at Disney World, practicing yoga and meditation, and visiting friends here and there. Despite being an author and an Angelic Life Coach, I still work at an office in Manhattan, NY with late hours. With all the above events mentioned--my husband and I this year were rarely home on the weekends. I started to feel the effects. I felt days just spilled into the next. Coming home late from work, leaving you with no motivation to get house chores done and other responsibilities and then busy weekends with no breaks. Along with not being home enough, I also had to juggle daily with negative energies of others’ personalities and how it was mixing with my vibes. I became very drained, moody, robotic, tired, forgetting how to smile. I started realizing ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Something has to change! I can’t keep moving forward with this chaos anymore. I may not have all the answers to my game plan just yet, but I did learn things along the way this year that are going to move mountains!
What 2017 Reminded Me (in no particular order):
Make time for yourself
Make time for your life purpose
Ignore distractions, your procrastinations - JUST DO!
Make time for the gym or yoga or any other energizing activity – even at home
Remove yourself from what no longer suits you whether its people, situations or your old thought patterns
Set-up healthy boundaries with others
Take long-awaited, healthy risks
Learn to say NO when you’ve spread yourself too thin and before you do!
Do what you “should do” – not what you “could do” in the moment you’re in
Learn to look at what is purposeful in your waiting time of life
Do what you can in a day—be patient with your progress
Be patient with yourself – nurture yourself
Hold on to what truly makes you happy and don’t focus on what irritates you
There is so much around you that is still good despite what may seem unfavorable – focus on the love and light that surrounds you from others and within you
A quote from Danielle Doby : “Whatever your work is, keep doing it, your art, your purpose will land in the hearts it’s meant to, you won’t be for everyone, but you are for someone and to that someone, what you have to give matters, and that changes everything.”
Pick and choose your battles – you can’t change other’s behaviors, but you can change how you react to them
Everyone is experiencing they’re own “hell” don’t let there’s take over your being.
Pay off your debt! Pay it off in chunks!
Save money in ways that encourage you
Create a vision board
Call more instead of texting
Find new ways to express yourself
Make to-do lists
Make time for family
Make time for friends
Associate yourself with those who truly have the best intentions for you
Ask for help
Hope my list helps encourage your New Year to be a more productive one. I look forward to putting into place what I’ve learned and can't wait to see where it takes me. Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year! Until then, see ya in 2018!