What 2017 Has Taught Me

The new year! A refreshing time of renewal, right? It is time to restart something. It’s time to start working on a life changing goal you promised you’d get to. New Year’s Day is like a baggage claim. What will you bring into 2018? What will you leave behind. What needs to be left behind in 2017 is what is going to make the year better. People make the year. The year doesn’t make the year in its own. In order to have a better year, don’t wish on that falling star or wait for the universe to magically change your life around for you. Change your life the best you know how.

These are lessons I will take with me in 2018

1. Stop Procrastinating

Do you know how many problems could be avoided in life, if we did not procrastinate. Procrastination has no beneficial lessons to it. It literally just sets you up for failure. Whether you are late paying bills, haven’t gotten around to cleaning the house, haven’t started that new diet you’ve been talking about, whatever it may be – Stop holding yourself back! It has consequences. Trust me. Putting something off, does not hold the spot for you. It just creates more barriers and a longer path to get to that task when you wait longer to do it. Whatever goal you have for set yourself, start it. I challenge you ladies, don’t even wait until the new year if you are serious about it! Start now!

2. Failures and Mistakes

How would we learn without failure? And how do we leave failure in the past when it is a part of life that will travel with us forever? Well, imagine if we did not make mistakes? How would we know what is bad for us? How would we know the danger zones in this world, if the failures did not show us they were bad news. This may be hard to grasp, but, aren’t you grateful for what the years have taught you in the past? Life is the greatest teacher and it never stops teaching. It may take a person some years to come to terms with that concept, but when you do, you will be appreciative for the experience. Life has no handbooks or instructions on how to live it. Be grateful for your all the trials and errors throughout your life.

3. Put Your Lessons Into Practice

What good is learning how to play an instrument if you don’t practice on your own? What good is it to let a talent you have learned go to waste? That is how our old habits sneak back in our life- when we don’t put it to practice. What ever lesson life has taught you, make sure you utilize it. If you learned about the lack of black owned businesses and support in the black community, start supporting it! If you learned that you can’t trust a lot of people, cut your ties with those who make you feel that way! The new year will be so much better when you put your better self to work.

Monet – “My name is Monet. It is said the same way as singer Janelle (Monae)! Friends and family call me Naisy (neigh•zee). Writing has always been my passion. My other hobbies are playing piano, cooking, working out (Pilates and tae Kwan do), reading and beauty/skin care”


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