FIVE LESSONS LEARNED IN 2015

It's the time of year for making resolutions. It's everywhere. Lose weight, be happy, dare to do something new. But 2016 is something different...it's the year I turn 30. And 30 comes with some pretty hefty self-reflection. So before I can think forward, I'm going to hold off on all the resolution talk for now and reflect on what I've learned this past year.

  1. Sometimes I have to care less to be happy. I know I shouldn't care what other people think about me, but the truth is that I do. I'm the queen of overanalyzing any situation. I've learned to consciously remind myself that the {enter overanalyzed situation here} can't actually, physically hurt me. People can say/think what they want, and at the end of the day I still get to go home, sit on the couch with the boy, and binge watch episodes of 24. So life is good. And when I take a step back and just care less, I realize that 99% of the time no one is actually saying/thinking anything about me; It's all in my head. (Yes, we realize we're about 10 years late to the 24 party, but it's just SO good.)
     
  2. In order to stick with a fitness routine, I need to find the type of exercise that's right for me. I went through a running phase in my early twenties. I ran 5k's, 10k's, and even one half marathon. And you know what? I hated it. I didn't run because it was something I enjoyed doing, I ran because it was what everyone was doing. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when my "running bug" fizzled out quickly. Then I got a personal trainer, but I still wasn't into it. I used to dread gym days, and I found that the only reason I went is because I had pre-paid a small fortune and didn't want the money to go to waste. Enter Pure Barre...a few months ago I discovered barre classes, and they have changed everything for me. I actually enjoy working out, and I feel like I can finally, realistically set fitness goals for 2016.
     
  3. Wear a shower cap. Seriously, it's life-changing. Nobody has time to shampoo/dry/style everyday. If you do, I'm jealous. So I use dry shampoos, and I love them (especially this one from Living Proof), but a girl still needs to shower. I used to just throw my hair up in a messy bun and try to dodge my head away from the water stream, but that's pretty much an invitation to frizz city. Then I received a shower cap as a promo item when I purchased a ridiculous amount of hair care products and voilà! Life changed.
     
  4. Keeping in touch with people is a challenge and something I need to work on. People say time goes faster the older you get, and I believe it. I'm nearly ready to enter my third decade, and I can't help but think back on all the people who have come in and out of my life over the past two. This year, more than ever, I learned how important my relationships are to me. I need my people! But I also made a lot of open-ended "let's catch up sometime" plans that never came to fruition. I envy those people who are really, really good at staying in touch. A little something to work on in 2016... 
     
  5. If I want to blog, then blog. Chi Latte has been an idea in my head for a while, but for some reason I was always too scared to pull the trigger. I guess it's the putting-myself-out-there thing that can be a bit daunting. But you know what? I love it. And I'm learning something new everyday. It sounds so cliché to say "just do it", but it's so true.

 

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