35 Things I Learned in 2016

There are only a few days left in 2016, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already almost over. This year has flown by. It has definitely had lots of ups and downs, all of which have taught me something valuable. Here’s a list of some of the most important things I’ve learned this year:

  1. Trying to be “productive” 24/7 is completely unnecessary and dangerous. There is immense value in relaxation.

  2. Self-care needs to be a top priority, ESPECIALLY when you think you don’t have enough time for it.

  3. You need to be your own best friend.

  4. Forgiveness must be earned; it is not owed.

  5. Reading for pleasure is a great form of relaxation.

  6. Try new foods as you mature – your taste buds change, and you may end up loving things you used to hate.

  7. Being authentic is more important than just being nice.

  8. Presence will always be more important than presents.

  9. Dogs will usually make you happier than most humans.

  10. Honesty in relationships is key.

  11. Always remember to eat, even when you’re overwhelmed with responsibilities.

  12. Drink plenty of water.

  13. Sleep is extremely important. While staying up late on a night before an early class may seem appealing at the time, you’ll be much happier if you’re getting 8-9 hours of sleep, I promise.

  14. There is no “normal” body type.

  15. Your best is all you can do, and your best is enough.

  16. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. Learn to take everything as it comes and be more flexible.

  17. It’s completely fine to eat things that people consider junk food. It’s all about balance.

  18. Your body is not the enemy.

  19. You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone.

  20. You are more than enough.

  21. Live your life the way you want, not the way anyone else thinks you should.

  22. Clothing sizes are bullshit.

  23. Coloring isn’t only for little kids.

  24. Reaching out for help is a sign of true strength.

  25. Going to therapy isn’t shameful.

  26. School and grades are important, but they aren’t everything.

  27. Even on the days where getting out of bed feels impossible, get up and show up.

  28. Mashed potatoes are completely acceptable as a breakfast food.

  29. Frozen bananas make smoothies better.

  30. Yoga is good for the soul and the body.

  31. Mindfulness should be a lifestyle, not just something you do when meditating.

  32. Never try cooking with moscato in place of dry white wine.

  33. It’s completely okay for your goals and dreams to change, even if it’s something you’ve been working towards for many years.

  34. Sprinkles make everything better.

  35. Always listen to your gut instinct.

So, there’s my lengthy list of some of the knowledge I’ve gained throughout this crazy year. I hope you took something from it, and I’d love to hear some of the things you’ve learned in 2016 – comment below!

xoxo, Colleen

(PS, check me out on Instagram at @leenahlovesherself to get a glimpse into my life!)         


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