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New Year Health Resolutions: Lessons Learned in 2023 and Goals for 2024

As the year comes to a close, it is the perfect time to reflect on the goals we set for ourselves and how far we have come in achieving them.

It's a great way to measure our progress and provides us with valuable insights and motivation for the coming year. When we take the time to look back at the goals we set for our health and overall happiness, we can see just how much we have accomplished, how strong we have become and how much further we can go.

Whether it was joining a gym, starting a new exercise routine, or making healthier food choices, looking back allows us to see how these actions have impacted our overall well-being.

Every tiny achievement counts.

Did we take steps to prioritize self-care and mental well-being? Did we engage in activities that brought us joy and fulfilment?

By looking back, we can see if we really made time for ourselves and took steps towards creating a happier life.

Moreover, by reflecting on our goals at the end of the year, we can analyse what worked well for us and what didn't. We can make informed decisions about how to approach our goals in the future. We can identify successful strategies and apply them to new goals or tweak them for even better results.

What are my Biggest Takeaways from 2023?

Kindness is everything. 

How could something as simple as kindness hold such power?

In a world where people often put their own needs above others, I always knew that a simple act of kindness has the power to brighten someone's day and create a ripple effect of joy.

As I showed up to the world with kindness (while meeting unkindness sometimes), my confidence began to grow. It was as if each act of bravery propelled me further into a realm of self-assurance.

Confidence, I learnt, grows in proportion to your brave actions – public speaking, trying new activities and stepping out of your comfort zone. 

Living my way into the answer became my mantra.

Instead of waiting for the perfect moment or seeking outside validation, I embraced the notion of taking action and learning along the way. I realised that sometimes, the answers we seek can only be found through experience, not contemplation or overthinking it.

In moments of uncertainty, I ask myself: "What would love and courage do?" 

This simple mantra guided my actions, helping me to navigate through life's challenges with grace and determination. It became my guiding light in times of uncertainty, reminding me to approach situations with compassion and bravery.

Through this simple question, I found clarity and made decisions that were aligned with my values.

You learn the most about people when they are stressed, confused or overwhelmed. 

I put myself in odd situations just to see how people would react. From asking people for weird favours to rejecting invitations from friends, I discovered the quirkiest sides of people's personalities.

It was during these times that true colours shone through, revealing the core of a person's character. I learnt to observe, to listen and to understand, realising that there is much more to individuals than meets the eye.

No one ever became less fearful by avoiding their fears. 

I understood that sometimes, the only way to overcome fear is to face it head-on. Whether it is jumping from a plane or confronting a difficult conversation, I learnt that the path to growth lies in embracing fear rather than running from it.

The cure for pain is to heal the same pain in others.

Or at least intend to. Helping someone when you feel down can shift your perspective on the world and make a real difference in how you feel in the moment. 

The best revenge is not to be that way. 

In a world filled with bitterness and vengeance, I choose a different path – one of forgiveness and understanding. By rising above negativity and embracing a positive mindset, I found true liberation.

Truth is not found by defending your beliefs, but by dismantling them. 

I learnt to question my assumptions and open my mind to different perspectives in pursuit of a deeper understanding of the world around me. 

Learning to tolerate rejection makes you unstoppable and resilient in the face of adversity.  

Rejection is not a reflection of your worth, but merely a detour on the road to your authentic self. Each rejection became an opportunity for growth, propelling me further along MY path. I embraced rejection, laughed it off and used it as fuel to become unstoppable.

My heart is filled with a burning curiosity to explore what is still to come. I take these lessons with me into 2024, ready to face the world with kindness, curiosity and determination to make a difference. My journey will be filled with laughter, growth and a sprinkle of craziness - this I know for sure!

True kindness, confidence and wisdom come from embracing life's quirks and finding joy in those simplest moments.

What lessons will life bring my way in 2024? I’m very curious to find out.

And I know I have the right tools to face whatever sh*t storm comes my way!


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