It’s amazing how many lessons can be learned over just a year’s time. Today I am a year older and hopefully a little wiser. As I turn 34, I feel I’ve accomplished so much this year. I have reached goals I once thought I’d never be able to achieve, but here I am! I am writing and designing, earning money while doing it, but most importantly, living a life that I love.
I have learned that there will always be battles to fight, storms to push through, and struggles that will try to break me down. But at the close of year 33, I feel stronger than I’ve been, perhaps ever.
I have learned more about love and being in love with someone who makes your heart feel whole. It’s not always a storybook romance. Sometimes it’s more like fighting a fire-breathing dragon, just as your sword gets burned to char. But when your heart finds its place in someone else’s, that’s when you know you’re safe at home. With him, I am home. He is my family. At times, he is necessary strength and wisdom when I seem to misplace my backbone. For good or bad, for better or worse, we are family and he has let me know what true love truly is.
I have learned the importance of knowing your worth, in relationships and in work. It’s simple – if you don’t like the way something is, change it. If you don’t like the way someone is treating you, speak up about it. Others may not always appreciate your honesty, things might not resolve themselves overnight, but in the end, you’ll be better for it.
I will carry these lessons with me as I embrace year 34 with open arms. I cannot think anything other than positive for this new year in my life.