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© 2019 balance fulfilled

12 Lessons from 2019

2019 has easily been one of the most transformational years of my life. Itโ€™s like I took everything Iโ€™ve learned over the years and then ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ them to my life. Who woulda thought that would lead to transformation? Ha! Itโ€™s one thing to know something and another to live it! โฃ โฃ

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As I entered into this new season of lifeโ€”motherhood, one of my biggest fears was that I would lose myself and my identity. Instead, quite the opposite happened! With intention, I began a journey that would force me to look deeply into myself, challenge my limiting beliefs, and define who it is I want to be. Donโ€™t get me wrong, there is still plenty of work to be done but as I reflect over the past year, Iโ€™m filled with so much love, joy, and gratitude from all of the lessons Iโ€™ve learned. โฃ โฃ

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1. ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก. Itโ€™s absolutely necessary in order to be able to show up for yourself and others in your life. Becoming a new mom definitely helped me see the importance of taking care of myself first. You canโ€™t give from an empty cup. โฃโฃ

2. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. What you believe becomes your reality. (Read that again!) Over the past year, Iโ€™ve been able to overcome limiting beliefs I didnโ€™t even know I had until I took the time to challenge them. I used to believe that my life was busy and overwhelming and so it was. When I made the shift to believe that my life was easy, filled with love and joyโ€ฆguess what? It was/is. (It really can be this simple.) Those that have done this work know it can be challenging but is necessary if you want to level up. โฃโฃ

3. ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ. I can ask for help and support. And it doesnโ€™t mean Iโ€™m weak or incapable. In fact, it demonstrates humility and strength. Life is so much easier when youโ€™re not trying to do it alone. โฃโฃ

4. ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ค๐ž๐ฒ. Earlier this year, I challenged myself to practice gratitude for 30 consecutive days. Iโ€™d open up my journal and write down 10 things I was grateful for at the beginning of my day. Iโ€™ve kept up the practice and it has done wonders for my mindset, my attitude, and overall health. Whenever I was struggling, turning to gratitude always brought me back to center. โฃโฃ

5. ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก. I spent so much time in a constant cycle of overwhelm frankly because I was always doing too much and never felt like I was doing enough. By practicing the art of โ€œdoing lessโ€ (80/20 rule)โ€”focusing on the things that are working for me and letting go of anything thatโ€™s not, Iโ€™ve learned how to reset myself quickly if things start to feel out of balance. โฃโฃ

6. ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. Other peopleโ€™s opinions of me are not my business. So much freedom in this! โฃโฃ

7. ๐’๐ฅ๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ! As a new parent, Iโ€™ve never been more grateful for sleep (when I could get it) than I have this year. Also, the scientist in me is fascinated with brain health and the role sleep plays in it. There is evidence that sleep affects your learning, weight, and of course, your mood! Like self-care, sleep shouldnโ€™t be seen as a luxury but as a necessity.โฃ

8. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ. If youโ€™re not doing things that scare you, youโ€™re probably not growing. Iโ€™m so proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone, putting myself out there, and trying out new things. Iโ€™d rather fail a thousand times by taking action than do nothing because I let fear stop me. โฃโฃ

9. ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ. ๐Œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ. Ok, not a new lesson but I figure it's worth sharing because itโ€™s made such an impact on my health and boosting my confidence over the past couple of years. โฃโฃ

10. ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž. Whether we want to admit it or not, we choose how we spend our time. Iโ€™ve learned that if I feel out of balance or stressed, itโ€™s because Iโ€™m not spending my time in alignment with my priorities and values. This year has been all about defining what those are for me and being intentional with spending my time in alignment with them. As a result, I found my flow, balance, and a sense of fulfillment! โฃโฃ

11. ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ค๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง. As someone that likes to move fast and go, go, go...Alexandra has taught me how important it is to slow down and live in the present. Slowing down reminded me that there is no raceโ€ฆthere is only where I am and to enjoy the journey on my way to where I want to go. โฃโฃ

12. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ . Again, not a big surprise but as I decluttered and simplified our home (and life), I began to feel lighter and less stressed. Additionally, who you spend the most time with shapes who you are. Make sure you spend time with people that support, encourage, and inspire you and not the opposite!โฃ



That was a lot, I know! Needless to say, I canโ€™t wait to see what 2020 will bring. โฃโฃ


๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ข๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—?