Hi, it’s been a moment.
I have had a summer which felt like a rollercoaster with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I went backpacking with close friends, spent quality time with loved ones, and felt like I was moving in the right direction with my business and personal development. Then, on the other hand, I lost my grandma, put my 19-year cat down, watched the declining health of my surviving grandparents, and felt incapable to meet the goals that at one point seemed doable.
In this mess of emotions, I took time to step back, reevaluate my priorities and make space for the important things in my life, while also structuring my life so that I can still meet my goals for this year. Here are a few things that I learned:
- You never know what the future holds, so spend your time doing things you enjoy and being with the important people in your life.
- Be grateful and cherish the people in your life
- Memories are the most valuable things you have
- Money can be made again memories can not
- Learn and implement your coping strategies now, as they are harder to learn when you are in the deepest of darkness
- Spend your time, attention, and energy mindfully
- Listen, you’ll never know what you can learn from the stories that others tell you
- In the wise words of airplane safety instructions, “ put your mask on first, then help others”
- Your environment is an expression of your mental state
- Step back. Smell the roses and notice that in the big picture our problems may not be quite as big as they seem in the moment
I wish you all a good fall and that we can move into this new season with new eyes, a grateful heart, and a healthy body.