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What I learned in 2021



It has been quite a year embedded with lessons revolving around surrender, teaching me to cultivate a deep sense of trust in God’s plan. I learned about valuing each moment, reframing my thoughts, and honoring my body’s needs. Here are some of the lessons I learned in 2021.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Ecclesiastes 3: 1
  1. Small steps add up. I have wanted to push through uncomfortable moments, feeling pressured to find a job and move into the next chapter. God has continually reminded me that life is a series of small steps that create your journey. Even those moments that feel minimal and repetitive set the foundation for establishing healthy habits and optimal success.
  2. Each season serves a greater purpose. Even the mundane seasons have a deeper meaning. The people you connect with during times of confusion and the situations you deal with create a basis for a deep knowledge of yourself. The slow seasons allow for reflection, and the moments packed with activity allow for productivity.
  3. Judging what you can and can not do is not helpful and only keeps you further from achieving your goals. Instead of judging myself, I am learning to honor my body and adjust accordingly. I am learning to balance self-accountability with acceptance.
  4. Accept how you feel. Sometimes things do not go the way you want them to, and instead of feeling guilty for being upset or anxious, I am learning to create space for a healthy release of these emotions.
  5. Where God guides, He provides. The thoughtful stranger or the perfect book popping up out of nowhere? I do not believe in coincidences.
  6. Your words are powerful. Affirmations are so powerful. The ability to rewire your subconscious through repetitive thoughts that help reframe old narratives can hack your brain’s ability to engage in behavior that aids in your success.
  7. Morning routines are essential. A morning routine helps your body prepare for the day ahead. By calming your nervous system and focusing on positivity first, you can handle adversity with more peace.  
  8. Sometimes all you need is to be listened to and validated. It is okay to vent without wanting advice. Sometimes vocalizing your thoughts to a trusted friend allows you to acknowledge cracks in your perception and feel safe in a non judgemental space.
  9. The present moment is not always great, which means escapism can be a positive coping mechanism to give yourself a break. However, those happy moments are a well-deserved and creative inspiration to keep moving forward…
  10. The overarching theme in your life may be overwhelming but finding gratitude in present moments enables you to progress forward.

What resonates with you most?

What did you learn this year?

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