What I've Learned In 2015...

I never review the year in words. I'm always one to look back at all of the pictures I took that year to see all the adventures I went on, places I explored, and people I lived in the moments with, as well as the emotions and feelings coming alive in each photo. This year, I thought it'd be a good idea to write out my thoughts. They say, "a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words," but words can be just as magical. 

Don't put off something that can take 1 minute to do. Just get it done. 

There are plenty of times that I put aside a laundry basket full of clean clothes just because I don't have the "time." It would literally take less than 5 minutes to do, but I claim I don't have time. If I just did it right then and there, it'd be done and I could easily move on without stress.  

Not everyone will agree with your choices in life, but it's YOUR life. 

Whether it's in your career, your health, or your life in general, there will always be someone who doesn't agree with what you're doing. I am extremely focused when I put my mind to something. Let's say I choose to workout over hanging out with friends or family, OR I eat extremely healthy when I go out with friends. Sometimes, in these situations, people make comments, not necessarily trying to be mean, just honest. They may not agree with the fact that I'm working out yet again, or that I can't just chow down on a cheeseburger. However, there's nothing wrong with having goals for yourself and being focused and determined, and when people comment, it usually just means they're interested in what you're doing and wish they could go after their own goals with such determination. Don't take it to heart. 

Make time for who matters, as well as what matters to you.

Less social media, more in person conversation and adventures! Whenever Sal and I are together our phones are usually away, unless it's out to take an occasional selfie or food picture. We need to start being present and spending time with those we love, and also spend time DOING what we love - whether it's working out, reading, baking and cooking, creating art, gardening, playing sports, traveling, etc. 

Don't lose sight of family and friends, don't lose sight of yourself. 

This pairs with the previous lesson, but to further explain... we get so caught up in our daily day to day life that we forget ourselves, and forget what it is that we love to do. 

PLAN. If you write it down, you're more likely to do it. 

Grab your planner and schedule workouts, dates, cleaning, etc, and I bet you will get it done. 

Don't be afraid to push out of your comfort zone. 

Keep your head held high, and shine with confidence, even if you don't feel it, and you're nervous or scared... just do it! You'll be so much happier when you do, and you won't have to live with the thoughts of "what if."

Do what makes you happy and follow the fire. 

(Self explanatory)

Take pictures and journal to never forget how you felt in each day, in each month, in each year.