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January 12, 2015

Motivational Monday: Reflections on Lessons from 2014

Hey lovelies

Hope you’ve had a fantastic start to the year.

I had a bit of a lazy start, and decided to take it easy over the last few weeks and just relax with friends and family. But I’m now rearing to go and to can’t wait for everything this year is going to bring.

I just have a really good feeling that it’s going to be an amazing year J

Saying that, as I continue to plan for 2015, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I learned in 2014 and thinking about the quote: “You can't know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been” which is also a variant of the quote “Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it”.

To be honest 2014 was a bit of a mixed bag for me with a few big wins and a number of disappointments, but on a whole it was a year that taught me a few things about how I want to move forward for this year.

To start doing things to make my own dreams come true as opposed to working on someone else’s dream. This was a tough lesson to learn as I'm someone who likes to give and help but time and time again I found out that I was being used by people to fulfil their own dreams whilst I was left standing on the sidelines. This year is about me moving forward on all the amazing things I would like to do with focus and discipline. It’s was a painful lesson to learn but one that has helped to shape my mindset for this year.

That it’s very hard to let go but extremely exciting and rewarding when you do. In my last motivational blog post of 2014, I talked about letting go of disappointments and allowing yourself to see the beauty of new things. I realised that I had held onto an image for so long of how I thought a plan was meant to work out that I wasn’t allowing myself to see plan B. So I had to learn to stop holding onto old things, to be brave and choose a new path

To let go of my fears. Towards the end of last year I challenged myself to face once of my biggest fears and something I had been avoiding dealing with for a number of years. Was I terrified? Yes, but I knew I had to do it because this fear had been holding me back in so many ways. And the result was I felt incredibly free, like I was opening up the window to my locked room and allowing myself to go out and embrace life.

My absolute biggest lesson was to start believing in myself, to realise that YES I AM AMAZING (and I say that with complete humility). It’s something I have definitely struggled with in the past and as a result I don’t really put myself forward because of all my doubts. But I realised that I needed to have a clear and higher definition of who I am, so I’ve started a journey to start believing and betting on me.

What did you learn about yourself and life last year? I would love to know in the comments below

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