The Things I Learned in 2016

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost over.  I feel like this year somehow passed in both a second and a lifetime.

2016 was a strange year for me, filled with lots of things that made me happy along with experiences that taught me a lot that I needed to know.  Because of that, I thought I would share with you 16 lessons that I learned in 2016.

Some of these are things I’m still learning, and I know that there are so many things that the world has yet to teach me.  But I’m thankful for the progress I’ve made as a person this past year.  I’ve grown so much, and I’m so grateful for that.

With all of that said, here are the 16 lessons I have learned this past year.

  1. People who are negative, drag you down, and make you feel less than worthy don’t belong in your life.
  2. It’s okay to feel bad.
  3. Self-care isn’t just okay, it’s important.
  4. Just because parts of your life aren’t going in the direction you would like, it doesn’t mean you can’t be happy.
  5. More often than not, happiness is a decision that comes from appreciating the little things.
  6. Exercising isn’t fun while you’re doing it, but it’s worth how you feel when you’re done.
  7. Being grateful will always make you smile.
  8. Eating healthy can change so much of how you feel.
  9. It’s okay to be tired and need a break.
  10. You can’t be truly happy and excited about life until you accept who you are.
  11. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, so learning to accept where you are in each moment is key.
  12. Trying to change who you are in order to get someone’s acceptance will only end up hurting you.
  13. Dividing big tasks into smaller steps really helps keep them from seeming like mountains you can’t conquer.
  14. Speak kindly to yourself.  You would never treat a friend the way you treat yourself.
  15. Harsh, hurtful words from someone else isn’t a reflection of you, it’s a reflection of them.
  16. Having faith is difficult, but it’s not as difficult as having nothing to believe in is.

Those are my lessons that I learned.  I’m so grateful for this past year and all the experiences that I had, but I’m definitely ready for and excited about the new year!

Tell me what you learned in 2016!

Thanks so much for reading!  See you in 2017!

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