The Best of 2018

The Best of 2018

As I reflect on the best of 2018, I can think of many little things that made this year one of growth. There were a few lows, but those were just a lesson in disguise. I learned something, so it was good for me and blah, blah, blah…I found something funny in the aftermath, and that’s all that matters, funny stories are my life.

 

Change

I may or may not be going through the menopause, but that’s not the change I’m referring to here. This year I embraced change a lot more readily than usual. I am still a creature of habit, but I made a few changes I have resisted in the past, all had positive results. If I made the changes before I was ready the results would have been negative; I’m sure of this. I’m not really sure, but I have to justify it to the man-child who is always in my face saying, “I told you so.” He is 20, and as a 20-year-old he thinks he knows everything about life. I refuse to sacrifice my pride or feed into his young ego by admitting he may or may not have been right about a few things. The lesson: an outside opinion without an emotional attachment to the issue can offer a much-needed viewpoint, at certain times. I still don’t trust his opinion about my shoes though.

 

 

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Bibliobibuli

Reading was a big highlight of my year. From thrillers to chick-lit all the way to art, business, and self-improvement. Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness was my absolute favorite. If you haven’t read it, do so immediately if not sooner. The best thriller’s I read (hard to choose because I read so many) were Behind Closed Doors (so creepy, but so good) and Social Creature (this is A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age). When Life Gives You, Lululemons was the catty follow-up to The Devil Wears Prada, and the best chick-lit I read all year. How to Murder Your Life (it’s like The Devil Wears Prada on crack), Girl Walks Out of a Bar, and Unwifeable were all great memoirs (all of these were gritty, but I LOVED them). Tribe of Mentors is a reference book filled with life advice (everyone needs a 600-page book by Tim Ferris on their night table, js). And last but not least A Year of Positive Thinking written by Cyndie Spiegel (who should be every woman’s mentor) is the perfect way to start 2019 off with love and light.

 

 

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Synchronicity

They always say to save the best for last; the Universe certainly did that to me this year. Well played Universe, well played. I experienced a wave of synchronicity on Saturday. It was so overwhelming in the best possible way! I received a package from Stacey Pierce Photography. Stacey is the most badass woman I have not met. The package contained one of The Giving Keys. If you don’t know about these keys, you can learn about them by watching Caitlin Crosby’s TED Talk: Love Is The Key. I get cold chills anytime I explain them to someone because they are such a powerful example of paying it forward. You embrace the word on your key, then give it to another person who needs the message more than you. The company also creates employment opportunities for people transitioning out of homelessness.

 

My key came with a card inside that said SHARE YOUR STORY. That is why I started my blog, to share my story. If you read my story, you may think I have gone through some tough times in my life. But so has everyone else. That’s why I shared my story, to show that the struggle is real for everyone. We all go through tragedy in life. I offered up my story as a reminder that life is both good and bad. While certain events in our life will be out of our control, how we respond and recover is our responsibility. I rely on my favorite F words {Ha}; Funny (always find the humor in the situation), fashion (if you look better you feel better), and food (sometimes we need to eat our feelings, it happens, just don’t let it become a habit). There’s another F-word, but some people find it offensive, use it at your own discretion.

 

I hope you did good in 2018 and I hope you do even better in 2019! Tell me all about both in the comments.

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