Friday, December 30, 2011

What I learned in 2011.

hmm where to begin? This post is sort of a continuation to my 2010 "what I've learned" post, which was a moment for me to reflect on the life changing "craziness" going on at the time. 2011 was a year of adjustment and growth for me. So here are the major thoughts that currently come to mind and what I've learned:

- I've learned that life can change in an instant and you just have to hold on tight; when it sucks, embrace the good and let yourself grieve through the sad.

- I've learned you need to face adversity head on. It can be unpleasant as hell but in the end you'll be stronger, smarter and all the better because of it. Not everything, but some things, do happen for a reason.

- I've learned to remain positive, trust me it helps!!

- I've learned change is good! Always take risks even if they scare you to death.

- I've learned everything will be okay, in fact everything may be better if you hang in there!

- I've learned it's important to be independent in every way possible, have your own friends, hobbies and resources to earn your own income!

- I've learned that a run does help to clear your head. I'm not a marathoner trust me, but two miles can work wonders!

- I've learned that you truly don't need much in life to be happy. Surround your self with good people, great food, a stash of prosecco, a warm, comfortable home (the size doesn't matter!), an outfit that makes you feel fabulous, and great music.  (good health - goes without saying). Seriously, think back on the best times over the past year, I bet they don't involve much more then I've listed! 

This excerpt from Chicken Fried by Zac Brown pretty much sums it up for me:
"It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most, not where you live or what you drive or the price tag on your clothes, there's no dollar sign on a piece of mind, this I've come to know."

- I've learned that there is always room for improvement and growth on my outlook and attitude!




Chic Geek said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2012

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Lovely! All of that is so very true. I wish you the best New Year!

Revi said...

There's a lot of wisdom packed in this brief post! Again, size doesn't matter. :)

Kyle said...

I love this list you made! So many of those thoughts ring true for me, too. All the best to you in the new year. Looking forward to more of your inspiring posts in 2012.

Anonymous said...

I definitely agree with your list! Life is about the simple things that bring us pleasure, love and joy. I hope your 2012 is full of experiences that produce joy, love and happiness! Happy New Year!

From a simple follower : )

Hello Lover... said...

Love this post - great attitude to have to close out one year and start the next!

Sarah said...

Great food for thought Julie, really great post; best wishes for a very happy and prosperous new year from here in NH!!! ;-))

bevy said...

yay to another year wiser! blessings to you in 2012!

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Great sentiments to end the year on. Cheers to you and here's to a fabulous twenty twelve!

Bonnie Schulte said...

What a great way to express your self and your life...I wish you all the very best in 2012.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Happy New Year Julie! Love that Zac Brown Band song too- your list plus that line sums it all up!

deanna said...

Great post Julie! Your blog always inspires me.

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Happiest of New years for you and your little ones! It's I wish all what I know now I knew in my twenties. I try to share it with my nieces but they think they know it all already. Oh..well.
Keep smil'n..sounds like you are in a much better place and I'm happy for that.

Santi said...

Have a nice 2012 :D

mb said...

Thanks for the great reminders.
Happy New Year.
mb from big d

Unknown said...

Great words. I learned those lessons about 10 years ago. I wish I didn't learn them the way I did ... but sooo glad I learned them. Thank you for the reminder. Hope 2012 brings you much joy and peace!

Isabelle Lafleche said...

Happy New Year Julie! Those words ring so true! Isabelle xx


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