Happy Sunday Lizteners!
Let me start off by wishing you all a Happy New Year!
If I recall correctly, it’s been around 6 months since you’ve last heard from me on this platform. I know you’re probably all sick and tired of reading lengthy and rather unattainable to the regular mortal- resolution posts so I‘d like to take on a different approach: Rather than set unrealistic goals for myself, I want to take the time to reflect on the previous year and celebrate the opportunities I‘ve received, the risks I‘ve taken and the milestones I‘ve reached. Taken the latter into consideration, I will commence 2020 with positivity, hope and drive to take on the good, the bad and the ugly that this year may present.
With that said, let‘s just jump right into it- shall we? As the title suggests, I‘m aiming to list 9 things I‘ve learned, appreciated or particularly wanted to shed light on from 2019- and you should do the same. Let it serve as your list of inspiration and empowerment and continue building it out as the year progresses. Ready? Let‘s do this!
1. I started off 2019 on a rather tough note. Having gone through an emotional rollercoaster in 2018, I learned to take my time in 2019. When time is of the essence living in NYC, the notion of „taking one‘s time“ is faced with stupefaction and non-understanding. Sometimes, the most unexpected moments happen when we least expect them, often because we let time heal us, which in turn propels us to become higher functioning beings.
2. No amount of energy is worth chasing after people that don’t want to be chased after, which goes hand in hand with the next lesson I’ve learned:
3. Keep your circle tight. “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”- so choose wisely. In a city like NYC, it’s just as important to build your professional network as it is to make friendships that serve as a mutually beneficial, safe and supportive environment.
4. Kindness, a positive attitude and a fearless mindset will go a long way- both in a personal and professional setting. You can choose happiness on a daily basis, whether you feel like it or not. Train your mind to be grateful and without you realizing it, doors will open, because radiant energies attract each other.
5. Never be afraid to ask questions. Big, small, dumb or unnecessary- all of these adjectives are preconceived notions you’ve formed in your mind and should not be an indication of your intelligence (or lack thereof) whilst you’re in the middle of educating yourself.
6. Speak up! Your mind will tell you you’re not good enough, not worthy of attention and that your “point” is nothing but an accumulation of words. WRONG. Your words carry weight and if you know how to articulate the latter, your voice will be heard and appreciated.
7. Value your education and cherish the time you’re in school. Although I feel like the past four years at FIT just flew by, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. From the industry knowledge I’ve gained to the many life lessons my studies have taught me, I hold those years of education that have gotten me thus far near to my heart and I feel prepared to continue my grad studies sometime in the future.
8. Life without passions seems like salad without any toppings- doable but kind of tasteless. One of the driving passions I’m continuing to execute is the one of sustainability. Whether that’s on a broader scheme such as climate change and its relation to politics as a whole or much smaller such as how startups can scale their businesses while maintaining sustainability at their chore, I’ve become consumed by finding creative solutions to issues in an effort to leave the planet a better place than when I entered it. Our passions can spark the most creative and innovative ideas.
9. Lastly, I learned that I cannot take my health for granted- both mental and physical. As stubborn as I am, I’ve learned to listen more to my body. If I’m hurting due to excessive exercise, it’s okay to take a day of to recover. If I feel like stress is consuming me mentally, I feel trapped and distract myself instead of actually letting myself feel what I need to in order to come out stronger on the other end, it’s okay to take a break. It’s my choice to prioritize my health, because it’s my responsibility to maintain the best possible relationship with the person I have to live with the longest: myself.
If you’ve made it thus far, thank you for “liztening”. I will speak to you soon as I have another post planned for next week, featuring three special guests.. so stay tuned!
xx – Liz
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