Every year about this time of year I find my self saying, "this year flew by!," but this year I am thinking "damn, 2017 you were a long one!". From major shifts in my lifestyle and career, to a lot of jaw dropping headlines in the news, and the loss of Tom Petty. A lot has happened.
As I sit down to write this post I can't help but feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of content I could share here. But don't worry, I won't highlight everything because that could keep you here for hours and I personally am not one for too sitting long. So in honor of saying farewell to 2017 here are a of the valuable and life changing experiences I had this year.
-Becoming my own Girl Boss.-
This year I made a huge decision to quit my full-time job in fashion (check out The Beginning of a New Journey). I was enrolled in a 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training and I was having major doubts about my career path. As the training was coming to an end, I decided that I was going to quit my job and pursue teaching yoga (read about The 5 Most Important Things I Learned My First 6 Months Teaching Yoga!). Of course, I have some side hustles that help me to sustain an income too. Without a doubt it was scary to lose the stability of a 9-5 job, but I have zero regrets. I love having the freedom to pursue things I am truly passionate about and to be able to share them with others, including you!
-Learning that #selfcaresunday isn't just for Sundays.-
It's okay to be *selfish* and take time for yourself because self-care is important. Whether it be getting a massage, working out, meditating, or soaking in the tub, set aside time everyday to nurture your mind, body, and soul. My idea of a good self-care ritual is spending some time on my yoga mat followed by a bath with essential oils and a face mask.
-Creating a morning ritual has helped me to become more grounded and has increased my productivity throughout the day.-
Before I started practicing yoga, I would reluctantly roll out of bed and immediately start getting ready for work. I never carved out any extra time in the morning to get myself grounded. I didn't intentionally start a morning routine, it kind of just came when I started doing my yoga practice in the morning. From there it grew into something I look forward to each morning when I wake up and when I skip out on my routine I feel way out of whack. If you're wanting to create your own morning routine, check out my post Tips For Creating A Mindful Morning.
-I was putting too much pressure on myself by trying to label my diet, instead I need to focus on eating foods that make me feel good.-
Before I turned into an utmost #wellnessjunkie, I didn't think twice about the foods I consumed. Cheeseburgers from Steak n' Shake were my go-to when ordering from Seamless and I dreaded even the thought of a salad. When I started to become more mindful of the foods I nourished my body with I started to notice a huge difference in how I felt physically, mentally, and emotionally. As I dove deeper into my healthier lifestyle, I tried a few different diets including veganism and pescaterian. For awhile, I felt a lot healthier and was happy with the diet choices I was making but eventually that changed. I started to feel tired and like my body wasn't getting the nutrients it needed. I also struggled to maintain the vegan diet with my lack of cooking skills and my boyfriend being far from vegan. After about 8 months, I started to incorporate dairy, poultry, and meat back into my diet but in more mindful ways. I was afraid to give up veganism for fear I would fall back into unhealthy eating habits, but I realized that wasn't true. The longer I practiced healthier eating habits, the more I started to crave good foods over junk food. Now, I reach for a a slice of gluten-free avocado toast or protein smoothie over that cheeseburger any day. Making little changes in your diet will go a long way and may even eventually have you craving healthier choices like I did. Don't ever feel like you have to label your diet, instead eat what makes you feel good.
As 2017 comes to a close, I am beyond grateful for the valuable experiences this year threw my way. I experienced joy, pain, uncertainty, laughter, fear, and love. I started the year lost without any idea of who I was or where I was going in life, but 365 days later I can say with certianty that these experiences helped me to discover a little more about myself and the life I aspire to live.
So lets hear it, what are some of the valuable and life changing experiences you had this year? Share with me in the comment section!