As usual it’s been a little while since I’ve been on here–life has been so busy and I’ve been adjusting to my senior year schedule. I’ve got a notebook page full of blog post ideas and all that’s left is finding the time to write them all! Overall it’s been a really great start to my senior year, though as you may have seen on my social media I’ve been sick recently and feeling a little bit behind on everything. 🙁
But last week I turned 22! Every year it feels as though my birthday sneaks up on me, and this year is no exception. But as I’ve done on this blog since I turned 19, I’ve been reflecting on lessons I’ve learned over the years. It makes me think about all of the experiences I’ve had, and how grateful I am for life. ♥ I hope you enjoy and I’d love to hear what you’ve learned in your life!
- A lot can change in a year–be grateful for every day
- It is through struggle and challenge that we grow and become our best selves
- Intentional communication works wonders for happiness 🙂
- Laughter is medicine for the soul
- Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others (this is definitely a repeat one but so important!)
- Joy is found in the little things
- Be kind to yourself, and be kind to others (kindness has a ripple effect!)
- Every day is full of small moments, and there are moments in each day (even the tough ones) that can bring happiness
- Having a penpal is one of the best ways to connect with the world
- Material things aren’t the secret to happiness–but conscious consumption can bring joy
- Looking up at the stars is an amazing way to gain perspective, and remember what truly matters in life
- Keeping a journal is something you will treasure for years to come–maybe even a lifetime ♥
- Make time for adventures, small and large
- It’s very easy to get into a routine–leave your comfort zone whenever possible to keep growing (for me this was my spontaneous solo trip to NYC in August)!
- Eating without distractions (phone/computer/work) is one of the best ways to connect with the world around you and to be present in the moment
- Turning off notifications on your phone makes a huge difference in overall stress–I was doubtful at first but it really works! I keep notifications on for the important things (texts, calls, emails, etc.) and then disable notifications for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Digital clutter translates to life clutter!
- Listen to what your body needs–whether that be sleep, food, exercise, etc. Just like your intuition, it’s telling you something invaluable (and you will thank yourself later!) 🙂
- Never be afraid to try something new or something that has always interested you–you might even find a hidden passion that you never knew about!
- At the end of each day think of three things that you are grateful for–this will shift your perception, even during tough times
- When traveling or exploring a new place, make a point of talking to those around you–oftentimes they end up being the best memories you’ll have and you’ll leave with new friends! (This happened to me in line for metro tickets in Amsterdam, on the train in Brussels, at the airport gate in Serbia, and many more places. All of these stories have been recorded in my journal and have a special place in my heart!)
- Embrace your current journey–life goes by too fast to be too forward or past thinking. Embracing the here and now is one of the best ways to stay grounded
- Change is good. It can be scary and overwhelming at times, but it’s how we grow and become better versions of ourselves. I have changed so much since I started this blog in 2015, and have gradually learned to be less fearful when stepping into the unknown
21 was a dynamic and long year for me, as well as one that had its fair share of challenges. Though it has been short, year 22 has been off to a wonderful start. I’m excited for a new year of growth, change, fun, learning, and going along on this journey of life. 🙂
I aspire to make my notebook full of post ideas a reality, and I’ve been so grateful for your support as I’ve gone on this journey! ♥