Undeniably, this year has been a big one for all of us for many reasons. I mean, come one, the Cubs won! Overall, though, this year has turned me into a big ball of crazy stress. Through it all, I have learned a lot and I am ready to share my experiences and lessons with all of you. So get ready because I’m about to pour my heart out a little bit (my advice is to find yourself some snacks before you commit to this).
I learned a lot of lessons that I didn’t think I needed to learn this year, but God has a way of working on us all, huh?
I Learned to Trust Other People and Accept Help
This makes my heart smile just thinking about. I have made and strengthened some of the most beautiful relationships that I didn’t even know were possible. I made more friends this year who love and care about me than I ever have before. Proving once again that God always gives us the people we need. (Shout out to all of my friends teaching me about love, patience, genorosity, resilience, and fun!) And, I got my little this year which was one of the best days of my entire life.
I Do My Best
I like to say I have high standards, so I push myself. While that is true, I know that beyond that I pressure myself far more than necessary. Towards the end of this year, I have been trying to accept that whatever I have done, I gave it my all, and I tried my hardest. Rather than being discouraged, the priority is trying to be content with wherever I am at. Even though I have anxiety and depression, they do not make me who I am and sometimes, they make me a little less productive. It is my job to be respectful and kind to myself in light of all of this. Go Leah!
Food Does Not Define Me
2016 has been the year that I developed an eating disorder. I am working through it, and every day brings a new challenge. I have had body image issues for a long time. Just like all of the lessons, I learn this one more every day. This lesson is nowhere near finished, but taking a step is crazy. At first I learned that food is an enemy. Food has controlled my life. It keeps me from appreciating the joy of food. Food brings people together. Food nourishes my body to allow it to do amazing things. I fight my mind every day, but I made the monumental decision to acknowledge that food does not define me.
I am Beautiful
I promise this one is short. I am learning that I am beautiful on the inside and the outside!
I am positive I could come up with many more lessons I’ve learned this year, but these are the biggest ones that I see. Thanks for sticking with me, and I am looking forward to more lessons and joyful surprises in the year to come! I hope the new year brings you all love and peace, and I would love to hear all of your thoughts and reflections!