2021 is a year that no doubt, will go down in the books. It has brought me immeasurable growth and a level of clarity in where to put my efforts so that my self-awareness continues to deepen and expand. In order to continue to move higher, I came to realize that I needed to “clean house” a bit if I was to further deepen in my own evolution. 1. I recognized that it’s crucial to ONLY invest in those relationships that invest in you. For so many years I put so much time and energy into people who did not appreciate me. This experience made me try harder, and create a dynamic where my expectations were close to zero. When I finally asked myself “what am I getting out of this friendship?” the answer was upset and feeling insecure. I realized it was best to save my time and energy for those that deserve it because I deserve that. I have shed some friends over the past year, and as difficult as it was, I’ve realized it’s the best for me. I am not going to lie when I say I am in some ways still mourning those losses. But at the end of the day, if someone truly values you, you’ll never have to second guess if you are of importance to them. Not once. Additionally, the energy that I have exerted over upset, has kept me stagnant in my own growth and far away from my true essence. 2. Time moves too quickly and is too valuable for me to lose momentum in my own positive evolution. The more whole I am, the better I am to those around me. Nothing matters more than that. 3. Let go of what you can’t control. This has been a huge learning experience for me. It came in hard in 2020, but 2021 is the year that I really have embraced the knowledge of knowing I can’t control anything other than myself. I leave. the rest in God's hands. 4. Health is everything. We are nothing without it. Not a thing. Take impeccable care of yourself. Not just the outside either. The inside is what matters most. How we think, how we react, what we lean into. Without sound mental health, life is an uphill battlefield. 5. There is no “I” in Team.” We are all in this together, no matter how much we don’t like it. We are all God's children, despite how you practice or what you choose to believe. Be humble, do your part, give more and tread lightly. Every. Damn. Day. 6. Human beings are mighty yet fragile. The oceans and the mountains will surpass us. Revel in their power and beauty and protect them, at all costs. And when you are feeling low go to them, they heal just about everything. I can truly attest to the healing that has happened for me over the past year. These magnificent creations are God's gift to us and there is power in them. 7. Use your time wisely. By wisely I mean doing what you love and what leaves others more loving. Make sure to rest lots in between. When we don’t slow down, we miss all of the good stuff. 8. Be mindful of the words you speak. You are the first to hear them. I pray that 2022 is a year of health, happiness, abundance, and everything your heart desires.