This past year has been one which I shall call “transitional.” Packed full of the highest highs and lowest lows. Considering 2015 was an amazing year full of adventures and achievements, 2016 often felt like a slap in the face … over and over again … and from what I can see from those surrounding me, I’m not alone.
I’m not the person to wish it away though. In fact, so many lessons were learned this year and I made quite a few discoveries.
I’ll keep this short. You know, quality over quantity. Sooo, speaking of which, some things I discovered in 2016:
Avoid head trash. Don’t be garbage for anything that does not feed your intellect, stimulate your imagination, or make you a more compassionate, peaceful person. Refuse to open your mind to other people’s trash. Tune out anything that promotes conflict or controversy. This infects you with a mind virus of cynicism or defeat, and you won’t even know it!
This. Remember this video? Walking away from the position of “Beachbody Coach” was one of the most difficult decisions I made in 2016. It was a year in which I realized that you can be incredibly passionate about something but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is what you are meant to be doing with your life.
In 2016 I let go of businesses, people, and habits that weren’t serving me. I decided if it wasn’t making me feel at peace, or fueling my mind, it wasn’t a priority. As a “people pleaser,” this was difficult. As difficult as it was at times, I don’t regret a single decision I made.
Quality over Quantity:
Cliche’ but true! In so many different areas of my life.
I placed an emphasis on keeping people in my life that leave the bullshit at the door. I stopped trying to be everywhere at every time for everyone and instead focused my energy on those that deserve my love and attention.
I decided to stop bringing random things into my home, and instead focus on spending a little more money on quality items that bring us joy and make a statement.
Everything I did I did 100%. Non of that half-assed BS.
Experience over material possession
2016 will go down as the year that I discovered what I actually want out of life as opposed to the “white picket fence” dream that society leads us to believe we want.
It became obvious to me that at the end of my life I don’t want to say I had a closet full of beautiful clothes, a driveway of amazing vehicles, or a home that others are envious of.
I want experience. Travel. Purpose. I want my children to grow up learning to give back and give much of what they have to others, even when they don’t have much. I want to overcome the fear of the unknown, people new people, and embrace different cultures.
At the end of my life, I don’t want to be “settled.” I want to roam and help others do the same!
So there you have it; three things that have stuck out to me in 2016. Three things I have discovered about myself.
I realize some people see New Year’s as just “another day” but it’s kind of cool, no? A fresh start? A new perspective? I’m into it.
On that note, we’ve only been home from Nicaragua for a day so I’ve got a lot of catch up to do! Feels good. Starting my year productively; unpacking, purging, watching the children spend hours playing with their quality [over quantity] Christmas gifts. . .
Thank you for the many blessings you have helped to give my family this year. We are forever grateful!
Love you always, tara xo