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'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.