2018 went by so fast but not without creating such an impact in my life.
It was a year of beginnings and endings, of lessons that will forever mark me as a person.
Here are my top 5. What are yours? :)
1. ABOUT CHOICES.
No one stumbles upon a better life. We are the product of our choices. My grandparents would always quote Bill Gates who said:
"If you were born poor, it's not your fault. If you die poor, it's your fault."
We are faced everyday with so many choices and we really have to make good decisions about how we use our money, and our time. Being young doesn't mean we have time to dilly-dally, age was never a factor in anyone's success or failure; but our decisions play a big part.
“You get to decide. You must decide–because if you don’t, someone else will. Indecision is a bad decision.” — Benjamin P. Hardy.
2. ABOUT TIME.
What I give my time to matters. What I do every minute of the day is important. Things I give my time to determines the quality of my life. I'm not productive 24/7 but I make sure that whatever I give my time to, is helping me grow, and is making me HAPPY.
And guess what, I'm the happiest when I get to balance my work, and my family life.
I decided to do what I am most passionate about, what I believe gives purpose. It has been a very challenging 2018. There were plenty of moments when I wanted to give up, but I kept reminding myself why I did the things I did (& continue to do) in the first place.
“I say, let no one rob me of a single day who isn’t going to make a full return on the loss.”–Seneca.
3. ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES.
The company I keep now are people who push me to be better, who are themselves willing to be better.
“At the end of the day, the bonds we forge with those close to us directly shape the quality of our lives. We are, and we live through, the people we spend time with.” — Zat Rana.
4. ABOUT EXPERIENCE & MAKING MISTAKES.
Go out, experiment. Find out for yourself. You’ll learn better and remember easily when you experience things first-hand. Get out of your comfort zone.
Dr. Montessori said it best: "What the hand does, the mind remembers. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."
And what I have learned is that, just when you're about to give up on chasing your dreams and goals, that is when you should hold on stronger. God knows the perfect time for everything, we just have to be ready when the opportunity is there and GRAB IT!
My daughter Kara, is my greatest inspiration and model when it comes to accepting that mistakes as part of the process. I used to be afraid of failure. I grew up in a different environment and school system where I felt really bad when I make mistakes.
When I became a parent, that is when I truly understood that "mistakes" are our allies to discover more ways to do things right. Kara is a ball of energy and positivity -- always persisting until she achieves what she wants to do.
5. ABOUT GRATITUDE.
Hubby said I'm a very emotional pregnant woman, this time around. All I do is worry, or cry.
I think, 2018 was the year I cried the most - not just due to my raging hormones but for all the trials and challenges that came our way. I don't like sharing my negativity in person or online but I realized, it does help out. It's okay, to not be okay.
I also started taking notes and found more reasons to be grateful. It helped me focus on the positive things in my life and also see the good in my experiences, because my experiences have value.
“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” - Tony Robbins
That's it! I am looking forward to what 2019 will bring - I'm not going to wish for abundance, but to have the strength and energy for whatever comes our way. We are very excited to see our baby boy this April 2019.
Hello to more sleepless nights!