14 Things I Learned in 2014

2014 was a big year of “lessons learned” for me. A lot of “finding myself” went on. Here are the 14 most important things I learned (for myself) in 2014:

1. Hard times really do bring out your true friends. And more importantly, hard times show you who you have in your life that are not true friends. #goodbye and #goodriddance
“Make sure everybody in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.”

2. Running is good for you. It’s good for your mental and physical health. And these things don’t make me hate it any less.
“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince”

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3. Take time for yourself but make time for others. Make time for friendships and relationships and for growing in the company of others.
“No one is ‘too busy’ in this world; it’s all about priorities.”

4. Spend your money on experiences rather than things. Spend your hard earned money on moments that make you happy, days and nights that you’ll remember, spend money making memories. Stuff is just stuff.
“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

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5. Read. Read a lot, read a lot of different genres, read what comes highly recommended and also what just seems interesting to you. You learn so much when you read.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” Mason Cooley

6. Trust that something going wrong does not mean your world is ending. Crushing, heartbreaking and disastrous things are going to happen in your life – grow from these experiences.
“If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes, so can you.” Noor Shirazie

7. Setting boundaries in your life and in your relationships is necessary for your happiness. You can only find happiness in your life if you demand respect and love from those you choose to surround yourself with.
“Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do.” Irma Kurtz

8. Spend more time doing the things you already know you love.
“Always do what you love. Never settle.”

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9. Find a job you’re passionate about. Spending 8 hours a day, every day, doing something that you hate or that bores you is not any way to make a happy life.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs

10. Don’t apologize for being unapologetic. Be real, tell the truth and do what makes you happy – if someone doesn’t like it that’s their problem, not yours.
“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.” Amy Poehler

11. Remaining silent is often better than making a point.
“Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right”

12. Look for the best in people. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Forgive people for things that won’t matter in a year and move on.
“Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one to find the gold.” Proverbs 11:27

13. Be open with how you feel, let people in.
“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. It’s a sign that you have a big heart, and that you aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” Brigitte Nicole

14. Celebrate with the ones who love you.
“You can’t stand around and wait to be asked to dance.” Amy Poehler

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Dreaming of… a wedding?!

I am not that girl that dreams of a fancy wedding and a day all about me and my significant other. I don’t like the attention and the thought planning a wedding sends me into a mini panic attack and yet – I’ve been dreaming of a wedding for the past week or so.

bridal

I’d like this wedding to be tasteful, classy and just a wee-bit rustic. It should be small and intimate. Very pretty and bundles of fun. There will be no candy bar – but there will be an open bar, of the liquid sort. Also, I’d like it to be paid for by the million dollars I’m going to win prior to planning said wedding.

I digress.

It is completely ridiculous that everything wedding has been on my mind recently – I don’t even want a wedding! And… more importantly, I DON’T EVEN HAVE A GUY!

So what is this obsession? Why do I feel the need to pick a ring and a dress and flowers and a venue and oh my gosh SPRINKLES as confetti for the send off. I mean come on, this is ridiculous. I’ve heard of catching the baby-bug, the whole I want a baby and I want it nowwwww. But I most definitely do not feel that bug coming on. Suddenly I have a wedding bug though, I want a wedding and I want it nowwwww.

So long story short, please send help. Refrain from sending glitter or anything wedding related. Please do not send me pins on Pinterest unless they are meant to distract me from everything wedding. No confetti for the send off is necessary as there will be no send off, as there will be no wedding.

confetti

So unless you’re sending a 6’0″ + perfect specimen of a male with great hair, nice clothes and most importantly nice shoes and buckets of money – just send help to cure my wedding mania.

thx. k bye.

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