Oh, hey 2018. Didn’t see ya there.
Looking back on a past year can certainly bring up many feelings and reveal a lot of changes that may have occurred over those 365 days. I like to take a little look back and pull out the big lessons, discoveries, and happy moments that will help me into the new year and I’d love to share those in today’s post. From life lessons to beauty finds, here are my top takeaways of the past year.
understanding the power of your word
The first time I came across this information in an in-depth way was over the past year when I read through The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) for the first time. Of course I’ve always had a general understanding of the importance of being a person of your word and thinking carefully before speaking, but the way don Miguel Ruiz emphasized this power stood out to me. He actually refers to it as being “impeccable with your word” and explains how we are the only species on the planet that can speak, yet we often throw around our words carelessly in gossip, negative comments about ourselves and empty promises.
I particularly paid attention to the implication of this agreement on gossip and have really focused on not talking about others at all. This includes little comments about coworkers, family members, “ex” friends etc. I’m a little embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to absorb this concept in its fullness but I came across this information at a time when I needed it and I’m grateful for that. There’s no time to waste on others, when we have our own projects and happiness to work on!
I later found this beautiful quote in my latest read, I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and bethatgirl by Alexis Jones, further reinforcing my need to understand the concept. (This awesome book will definitely be discussed in an upcoming post as well.)
My Self Help Genre Friends
Yes, they are my friends. I talked a lot about this discovery already, but I will reiterate here because it was such an important part of my year. I’ve never been a reader (a fact I’m not particularly proud of, but couldn’t help it) until I picked up GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and then found a number of inspiring reads after that. I’ve always dabbled in self help (of course reading the classics like the one mentioned above and more) but never felt compelled to really dive in, reading book after book until this year. I think it has something to do with my increased hunger to grow and work for myself, and I’m so excited that I have found joy, peace and KNOWLEDGE in all my new finds.
In addition to GIRLBOSS and The Four Agreements, here are a couple others that I would suggest to start off your self help genre journey:
This past year was the biggest for me in terms of understanding how to grow and improve my blog. I wrote a few blog posts about my finds but I can tell you that the best move I made was switching to self hosting. If anyone out there is reading this and thinks they can’t make a beautiful website, they are mistaken! I knew nothing when I started out and self-taught and googled my way through everything. It is so possible to have the blog of your dreams and drive a bunch of traffic to it too! 😉
A year end recap wouldn’t be complete without a little chat about my favorite finds in the beauty space. I came across a handful of beauuutiful green beauty products this year that have made their way into my everyday.
I found THE best facial oil for addressing breakouts and blemishes and balancing complexion –Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil – 1.7 oz. I use it every single day and have never found a product that works quite like this to reduce inflammation and help heal blemishes.
I have a new everyday foundation that has the very light amount of coverage I prefer and leaves a natural, dewy look – Glossier Skin Tint (I wear shade “dark”) -> get 10% off with my link!
I started sleeping on a silk pillowcase every night. It’s been an amazing way to help me retain moisture in my skin and keep my hair from frizzing too much in the morning.
Possibly my favorite discovery in the beauty world of 2017 was figuring out how to do my own gel nail polish at home. I am so hooked on doing this that I do my own every two weeks and have flawless nails every day without ever paying for that pricey manicure. I wrote a how-to post a while back and I highly suggest this for those that are good at painting nails and want to save a little mula.
I hope all of you are looking forward to bigger and brighter things in this upcoming year and can look back on 2017 and learn from everything that’s happened – the good and bad. I wish all of you a beautiful 2018 and I’ll talk to you then! 😉