The Things I Learned (or Reaffirmed) in 2015

Every year at the end of the year, I like reflecting on what happened and where we were a year ago. This year, by all standards, is one for the books. I think we experienced more change in our daily lives this year than the last 5 years combined (and it feels great!) I've heard the quote, "Change is hard in the beginning, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end." I used to shy away from change; now, I know the beautiful things that can come from it. And while it sometimes still feels scary, I've learned that when I follow my heart, everything turns out right. So, upon this reflection, here is a compilation of things I learned (or reaffirmed) in 2015:

  • If you build it, they will come. Everything starts out as an idea, a hope or a dream. Jake likes to say "Rome wasn't built in a day" and it applies on so many levels. If there's something on your heart that you've wanted to create, but aren't sure how to do it, just start somewhere.
  • Email is like, really, really antiquated. This year was the first time it started to feel like snail mail! Some days go by and I realize I've barely checked it (and don't even ask me about the 111 unread messages and 689 total messages in my inbox! This used to drive me crazy and still does, if I think about it for too long.) That said, if you need me immediately I recommend calling, texting, or private messaging me on FB.
  • I CAN leave my babies on an international flight for 8 days and survive. Panic might ensue upon leaving, but parents need date days (and date weeks) too. A little apart time is good for parents and kids alike, and makes us more present and thankful when we reunite.
  • Sometimes you need a break from a really good thing to know that you miss it. Like blogging, knitting, scrapbooking, or golf.  (And some of these things I promise I will get back into in 2016!)
  • Drafting Wide Receivers in the first couple rounds can turn out majorly in your favor (is it just me or do they get hurt less often than Running Backs? My team was so healthy this year!)
  • The day after a 1-day cellular cleanse feels really REALLY good. You don't have to take my word for it; try for yourself!
  • What you focus on expands. If you focus on what's going wrong, those things will continue to go wrong. If you focus on what's going well and your vision for the future, you will be more likely to make it happen. 
  • If you love your body, your body will love you back. This is true in the way you move it, the way you feed it, and the way you talk about it.
  • The more you give, the more you will receive in return. Giving does not create vacancy; instead, it creates abundance. Give with no expectation, and you will feel more full in life, and watch beautiful things manifest themselves.
  • Saying "no" to something is actually saying "yes" to something else. Use your "no's" and your "yeses" wisely.
  • I quite honestly need a waterproof white board in my shower to write down my thoughts (isn’t that where everyone has their best ideas?!)
  • 95% of the people in your life really do want to see you happy and successful. Good people are everywhere. That other 5%? Do. Not. Even. Worry.
  • A wireless printer is totally worth it.
  • My least favorite part of work these days is packing for business trips. Packing, and unpacking. Does anyone have any tips to make this more bearable?
  • The universe is always trying to tell you something. You may not always understand it at the moment, but listen closely to the signs. Trust in the spirit that guides you and the greater process. You're going to feel so much more at peace.
  • Love wins. It is easy to feel sad or scared when things are dark, but in the end, love wins. It always does.