With just a few weeks left of the year, it’s good to pause and reflect on all you’ve done. The holidays can be a depressing season, and while it’s easy to get caught up with what you have and haven’t checked off your bucket list, I guarantee you, you’re doing a lot better than you think if any of these 15 things apply to you.
1. You don’t recognize the person you were a year ago because you have evolved and grown so much; at the same time, you understand why you are who you are today, and how your past shaped you into becoming that person.
2. You’ve managed to break free of old things that were holding you back (ie. an ex, a soul-drenching job, excuses not to go to the gym, etc.).
3. You’ve made new soul connections. You know these glorious humans have arrived at this point in your life to help you become the person you were meant to be, and vice-versa. These people are special. These people are here to stay.
4. You somehow came to the conclusion that you are the only one blocking the way to your happiness, and you now actively walk on the path towards that happiness, which makes you freer than you ever were before.
5. You’ve sampled new hobbies, interests, and stepped out of your comfort zone, whether that’s you trying a food that once made you cringe or wandering through a new city alone yet unafraid.
6. You’ve hit rock bottom. The number of times you’ve fallen to your lowest of lows is insignificant, because you climbed your way out of it. It doesn’t matter how long it took for you to get out of that funk; all that matters is you did.
7. You found out whom you could truly rely on — the ones you can count on, in good times and in bad.
8. You asked for help. You know now that asking does not equate to weakness, which is something you couldn’t comprehend before. In fact, it’s only the brave who seek help when they know they can’t do it alone.
9. Similarly to learning how to ask for help, you also learned how to say no. And you don’t feel guilty about it.
10. Loving oneself seems like the easiest thing in the world… but it’s not. Still, you chose to love yourself, appreciate the beauty that is your mind and body, and set out snippets of your week to self-care and self-love. That is something to be proud of.
11. You cherish everyday moments and discovered inner peace. Whether that’s not scrolling through your Instagram feed the entire time you’re out at dinner, or realizing how precious it is to fully embrace living in the moment, you learned the power of presence and how to be present.
12. You realized you are only one of billions living in this world, and you’ve come one step closer to finding your purpose and how you, as one tiny individual, can personally contribute to society.
13. You took your health a little more seriously. Even if that’s just drinking more water, taking daily vitamins, cutting back on fast food or walking up the stairs instead of taking the escalator, you made little improvements to become a healthier you.
14. You made the effort to actually connect with people in real life by calling instead of texting, spontaneously telling your friends how much they mean to you, and making sure technology isn’t hindering true connection with those you care about.
15. Lastly, you became a more positive person. Hope is an extremely powerful tool, and you earnestly look forward to your future and what’s to come.