2014 has been a lot of things. It has been difficult, it has been joyful, and it has been memorable. It has definitely contained more ups and downs than most years for me. Losing a close family friend and my grandfather were both incredibly difficult for me. However, this year I have made new friends, traveled to new places, and watched my business grow. I know my grandfather would want me to move forward into next year with a healthy dose of optimism and work hard to make it an amazing year. I’m planning to apply these life lessons to 2015 and make it the best year ever.
1. Time moves fast. It doesn’t slow down for anyone.
My grandfather was admitted to the hospital in June and he died in October. In a lot of ways, I had a lot of time with him to prepare and say good-bye. However, that time still feels like it flew by. I’m so glad that I took the time this year to slow down a bit and put family first. The days will continue to turn into nights and the months into years but, it is important to remember to spend quality time with your loved ones before life passes you by.
2. Keep your optimism.
Life is hard. It really is. Do you know what else life is? Life is beautiful, miraculous, mysterious, amazing, fun, hilarious, terrifying, brilliant, and wonderful. Everyone on this Earth is going to go through difficult times. It is up to you to decide if those difficult times are going to make you or break you. This year, I let them make me. I won’t let anything break my optimistic spirit and my love for this beautiful, wonderful life that I have been given.
3. Your life is your own. Do what makes you happy.
You are the person who has to live your life, day in and day out. It is important to make sure that you are living your life for you and following your own dreams and passions. Living a life that someone else wants for you will only lead you to regret and resentment. It will also be a huge waste of your truly precious time here on earth. You have the power to live the life you want and do what makes you happy. Don’t ever allow anyone in the world to try to tell you otherwise.