17 Lessons Learned in 2017

2017 was like, “the year of realizing stuff”, and I am laying it all out here for you! Through graduating University and diving into my own business, I definitely learned a lot & wanted to share some of “this stuff” with you guys. Enjoy! xx

1. You are defined more by what you say no to & the few things you say yes to.
Saying yes to everything will only make you stressed & anxious and feel like your time isn’t as valuable than it really is. Say yes to what you actually want to say yes to & don’t settle for less. Say no when it doesn’t feel right, so simple.

2. Positive energy brings positive outcomes in day to day life.
Simple things like smiling at people on the street & just being kind to random people will bring you back more positivity in your day than you think!
3. Manifesting your goals & the life you want really works…with hard work.
Every morning I wake up & take a conscious minute to myself to envision what I want in life. It can be simple. But, the trick is, you still have to work hard. These two combined together is an unbeatable plan!

4. It is okay to have bad days & it is important to accept those feelings.
With all of this positivity talk, it sometimes gets overwhelming because what about those days you just don’t feel happy? Well, that’s okay. Accept the feelings you are feeling, learn from it, & move on to a new day.

5. Sometimes you may “outgrow” people & that is just life.
As you grow as a person, some people in your life may not grow with you, which is totally fine. Life has its ways of bringing people in and out of your life when they are meant to be that way.

6. It is so important to surround yourself with people who make you feel empowered & positive.
I once read a quote that you are “the combination of the five people you surround yourself most with”. Be choosy about those 5 people and make sure that they leave you feeling positive!

7. With hard work in anything, money follows.
A lot of people get discouraged to follow their passions as a career because they think there is no money to be made. Totally wrong. When you put your mind to it money, follows. If you want something bad enough, you will figure it out one way or another!

8. Nothing good comes easy or quickly.
When they say patience is a virtue, it really is true. Anything good in life takes time to build and you just can’t give up. You will know that you want something bad enough when you will take however long it takes to get there.

9. Comparing yourself to others is the most pointless thing, EVER.
Comparing yourself is what I call, the epidemic of the 21st century. With social media, it really has created a never-ending spiral of comparing yourself. But, I realized in 2017, that there really is no point. Remember these three things next time you feel like you are comparing yourself: No one has the same end goals as you, no one can do it the same as you do, & seeing some one else do it is just a reminder that it is possible.

10. Support other women on their successes and journey’s.
For some reason, girls have such a tendency to compare and feel jealous and then in-turn be catty to other girls. Why not support the girl who just got a big promotion by writing a nice comment on her post? I recently read a book called, Girl Code, a must read for all women about the power of supporting other women!

11. Accept your love for Mcdonald’s, overpriced latte’s & binge watching Netflix, it makes you happy.
Lol – don’t have much to say about this one.

12. Read more books.
When I was younger, I used to read through multiple books in a week. My mom actually told me to slow down because it was costing her so much spending money at Chapters. Once I went to University, I stopped reading for pleasure because well, I just had no time. Recently, I started reading for fun again and it feels SO good. You enter another world for a moment and forget about your phone!

13. Make decisions and just stick with it. 
I realized I have a tendency to make a decision and then question my decision a few times over. As a wise women named Anna Wintour once said, “people respond well to those who are sure of what they want”. Being sure in your decisions & believing in yourself to make decisions will go a long way in contributing to your success in life.

14. Work smart, not hard.
Plan out your goals each week & conquer them. Don’t get all crazy filling your day with pointless work. If you have time to spare, then great, put that time back into yourself & do something that makes you feel good.

15. Travel more. 
Some of my best memories have been when I have travelled. Although, I usually have every kind of excuse in the book as to why I can’t go away, whether it is money/timing/weather, blah, blah, blah. I have been telling myself I want to travel more because, honestly, what is life all about if you can’t see the world we live in? Get ready for some travel photos coming your way to insta this year guys 😉

16. Gratitude is the most accessible form of happiness in day-to-day life.
Someone will always have more than you & someone will always have less than you. When life gets crazy, take a step back and focus on what makes you grateful for the life you are living today.

17. Follow that part of you that excites you & makes you feel free. Just run with it and remember these 17 things…I promise you, it will be the best choice you ever made.

– Natalie xx

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