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What a difference a year makes

As the year comes to an end, we reflect and look forward. What changed? What did we learn? What can we take forward into the future?

The truth is, I’ve already said my goodbyes to 2019 a while ago. I don’t feel like the same person who started the year and, even though it turned out to be a good year for me, I am more than ready for 2020.

2019 was the year where I finally figured out that maybe I am worthwhile after all. It’s the year I focused on investing in my own health and well-being and, logically, the year I saw that pay off. It’s also the year in which I learned that having one priority instead of a dozen actually works out much better for me. It gives me less stress and anxiety and more results.

It was also the year in which I turned 30 which, if I’m truly honest, I don’t mind at all. I’ve always felt like I was catapulted into my 20s before I was ready and just continued pantsing it. Then again, maybe that’s how everyone feels in their 20s. Either way, I’m finally feeling better equipped to deal with whatever is coming my way. While I do realize turning 30 doesn’t really have an influence on that, it did feel like a nice transitional moment in life.

I did a few things that scared me this past year. Leaving my previous colleagues behind for a new job being one of the biggest. Turns out I should really have had the courage for that years ago because it transformed my mental state. It helped me to see just how important it is to feel validated in your workplace every once in a while. Colleagues shouldn’t be the reason why you stay at a job that makes you miserable. They will become friends even after you leave if they’re truly as great as you believe.

2019 was also a year of accepting things I cannot change and learning to deal with that appropriately. Whether that be clashing mindsets and learning that not every discussion needs to be had, or accepting that people change and grow and grow apart.

I’m hoping to make 2020 a year of continued growth and learning. Even though a lot has happened over the past 12 months, there is always progress to be made.

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