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16 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2016.

So, we’ve reached the end of another year.  If I’m going to be real right now, a lot has happened this year.  Good things such as going to Mexico for my first-ever mission trip, creating this blog, and making a variety of new friends.   Good things that I want to take with me and cherish for the rest of my life.  And of course, there have been challenges, disappointments, and trials that I’m ready to leave behind in the past.

I know that it would basically be impossible for me to recall every event in my life that has taken place during 2016.  So here’s a list of 16 things I’ve learned and accomplished over the span of the last 12 months.

IN 2016…

  1. I learned that I’m a work in progress.   The last couple of months especially have revealed to me my need of better time management and lack of focus on priorities.  I’ve been hard on myself, to say the least; and have let these feelings of confusion and agitation bring me down emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.  I’ve learned that I can turn away from my limitations to a God who has none.  I’ve learned that I have family and friends who believe that I can achieve my goals, my pursuits, and dreams as long as I put my heart and time into it.
  2. I learned to let things be. – I learned that there are things that I can’t change such as the way people act or situations around me.  I learned that life is not going to go my way.  Life writes it story with a pen that I’m not allowed to hold.
  3. I learned that not everyone is going to like you.  – It’s a hard truth that I think everyone has to learn to accept.  But I’ve learned that as long as the right people love you for who you are, what else really matters 🙂
  4. I learned that I can’t be in control of everything. – I have weaknesses, limitations, and I make mistakes. I’m human.  Not being able to have everything under control makes me realize my need for God, for family, and for friends. For advice, for wisdom, for love, and for support.
  5. I learned that quality is more important than quantity. – I feel like I’ve only been able to establish genuine close knit relationships with a few friends this year.  I thought that having millions of friends could be one of the best things to ever happen.  But what does having a million friends mean when half of them are stabbing you in the back? I’m more than grateful for the few, close friends that I have in my life today – people I can truly enjoy life with and accept me for who I am. 🙂
  6. I learned that time is precious. – It goes by so fast.  As a friend recently told me, “Don’t waste a single moment of life.” Live with intention. Leave your legacy.
  7. I learned that life is about two things – loving God and loving people. – Life has a purpose. This is it. True joy and satisfaction comes from living these 2 commandments out.
  8. I learned that gratitude changes everything. – I know that I won’t have everything I want in life.  But being able to go to a place where people have to thrive with significantly less than what I have, opens my eyes to how blessed I really am.
  9. I learned that it’s important to find what you are truly passionate about. – I’ve found that doing the things you love with those you love is something that makes living life worth it.
  10. I learned that God wants the gospel spread and his people led. – One of the most memorable things I took from that Student Council Conference I attended a couple months ago.  It’s a calling I want to fulfill.
  11. I learned that a positive outlook can make you a much happier person. – Dwelling on the negative makes everything about life miserable.  Change starts with you.
  12. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable. – People appreciate when you open up about your weaknesses or life experiences.  Stories help us to connect and inspire.  Stories spark emotions and makes sense of things.
  13. I learned that the way you treat other people says a lot about you.  – Don’t think I need to elaborate on this. 🙂 The Golden Rule shouldn’t be overlooked.
  14. I learned that overthinking and worrying doesn’t change anything. – Instead of thinking about how things can go wrong, I’ve learned that I need to focus on how things can go right.  Everything works out for a greater good.
  15. I learned that I don’t need to go through hard times alone. – Family and friends are in my life for a reason. To support, love, and believe in me when I’m incapable of doing those things on my own.
  16. I learned that I still have a lot to learn.  – There’s always more to life than it seems, and I know that I’m still young and have so much growing to do.  This upcoming 2017, I hope I look forward, inward, but most importantly upward to the One who knows what’s in store for my life this year.
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