Five Things I Learned in 2015

Ah, the first Monday of 2016. I hope you all had a great holiday and a champagne-filled New Years Eve! I can’t believe that 2015 has come and gone, but I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for me, as I’m sure you are!

Lessons Learned in 2015
Having a significant other isn’t the most important thing
There’s nothing worse than attending family parties and being drilled with questions about school. Oh yeah, there is – getting drilled with questions about who you aren’t dating, why you don’t have a significant other,  and what you do with your spare time if you’re not dating. But the thing is, it’s OK to be the single one and you can achieve so much by focusing on yourself and what you want to achieve.

It’s OK to mess up
This mistakes that you makes are what make you. No matter how many mistakes you make – whether you fail a college course, you let the wrong person go, you betray your best friend – they make you who you are. Think to yourself – if you didn’t make these mistakes, how would your life be right now? Would it be different? Try not to regret those mistakes because you wouldn’t be where you are today and you might not be friends with the people in your life today.
Take chances and try something new
Whether it be a new workout class, a new meal, or a outdoor adventure – trying new things is exhilarating even though it can be scary. Don’t continue to live life day-to-day, going through the motions. Try new things, take risks, and enjoy life.

Eat the cake
Diet-shmiet. Focusing on what you eat is going to eliminate the happiness from your life. Seriously, is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a yummy slice of cake or a cheesy slice of pizza? Answer: no. Stop worrying about your eating habits constantly and do what makes you happy.

Work hard and your efforts will pay off
From the nights I’ve stayed up studying all nights, to the winter and summer online courses, to learning beneficial skills on the side – it’s been a lot of hard work but I’m glad I’ve put in the effort. It’s always so rewarding to see your grades going up, your skills increasing, and those that love and support you are always so proud. It’s always fun to work hard against a new goal, too!

What did you learn in 2015?
XO, Rachel

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  1. January 4, 2016 / 3:40 PM

    LOVE this list. I hate when I'm constantly asked about the dating stuff. Like, can't a girl be happy and successful without a guy? it's pretty annoying.
    I guess the best thing I learned in 2015 was to take risks and live with this spirit of never letting down my own spirit. It worked well for me.

    Noor | Noor's Place

  2. January 4, 2016 / 7:49 PM

    These are all solid lessons that I have had to remind myself often! I know I will get lazy some days and just want to quit but the hard work is always work it. Here's to 2016!

  3. January 4, 2016 / 9:09 PM

    I learned that taking risks is a great thing. And to remember I can't do it all!

  4. January 4, 2016 / 11:00 PM

    If it makes you feel any better: When I was in college (and unbeknownst to me, only 3 weeks from becoming my now husband's girlfriend) I had gone home for Christmas break. It was Christmas Eve and even though I'm the youngest of 7 kids, I was strangely the only one home and my dad says (jokingly, but probably kind of not haha) "Oh… just us and our 'old maid' daughter…" What a meanie!! Still makes me laugh though… especially since my husband is like the golden son-in-law and they love him to pieces. He was worth the wait 😉
    Nevertheless, these are great lessons. Though I'm trying to adopt some healthier habits, giving up cheesy bread sticks is NOT one I'm letting go of.

  5. January 5, 2016 / 5:14 AM

    I agree with you on all of these five things! Especially the one about eating cake. I struggled with an eating disorder for so many years and it made me miserable. Now I eat whatever makes me happy and I care less about my weight 🙂

  6. January 5, 2016 / 10:32 AM

    Great list! Sounds like a lot of great lessons. 🙂 Happy new year!

  7. January 5, 2016 / 3:37 PM

    Love all of these. So positive and they're all about not taking ourselves too seriously!

  8. January 11, 2016 / 5:53 PM

    First off, I’m loving the new look! Second, this post is perfection. Eat the Cake- preach girl!


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      January 12, 2016 / 10:40 AM

      Thanks so much Michaela! I really appreciate it! I’m glad you enjoy the new look, and the post!

      XO, Rachel

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