Hi guys,

What better way to kick off my 26th year than to discuss the 25 lessons I’ve learned since last year, am I right?

I’ve made it to 26 and I’ve never been prouder. I feel like now my life is really starting to take off and all the other years were preparation for the next ones acoming… The next ones acoming will be filled with stability. I’ll make sure of that. I feel like my life has been missing that. All my life has ever needed is stability.

Below, you’ll find 25 things I learned last year or already knew but have decided to stick with this year.

1) if you don’t love yourself, you won’t allow for anyone else to love you

I might take the mick out of myself, but I’m very confident in my skin, secure in myself and am very aware of who I am as a person.

2) don’t be resentful

If things don’t go the way you intially planned, or things don’t work out as you’d hoped – don’t worry. Don’t resent people or circumstances in your life. Everything happens for a reason.

3) what’s meant for you is yours

No one has ever missed an opportunity that was written in their book of life. The only opportunities missed are ones that weren’t meant for us in the first place.

4) be patient no matter what

Patience is everything. Take That wrote a song about it. Have a little patience. It’ll all work out in the end, don’t rush anything. God knows we’ve all tried to rush stuff to no avail.

5) actions speak louder than words

Be proactive not just literate. You’ve got to and talk. That’s the secret to a happy anything.

6) life is about finding yourself

Do things that challenge and grow you as a person, if you’re not spending your time conquering fears, pushing yourself out of comfort zones and being fearless, you’re not living.

7) be yourself

Stand up for what you believe in and be yourself throughout. Don’t spend your time trying to change for other people to like you. The right people will see past it all and love you.

8) be true to yourself and others

Don’t lie to yourself or others. Be honest about what and who you are no matter how hard it is. We all make mistakes, those who admit to those and have no problem talking about them are the winners.

9) take time to meditate

Meditation helps with anxiety and enables you to enter another world of pure tranquility. I’ve been doing this as much as I can, it’s so helpful. It helps to see things clearer.

10) trust your instincts

Whatever your instincts are telling you, you’re right to feel it.

11) pray

If you believe in God, pray to him. If you don’t, pray to yourself. Tell yourself things, and put steps in place that helps you put them into action i.e. dreams.

12) dare to dream

No dream is too big if you can visualise yourself doing it and really believe in it.

13) work hard

Put all your efforts into working hard and earning a name for yourself in the industry that you specialise in, or earn the grades you’re striving to get at school/college/uni.

14) enjoy life

Life is too short. Enjoy it.

15) focus on the positive

The key to a happy life is to focus on the positives. There’s good and bad in all situations, accept the bad but dwell on the good.

17) be selfish when you need to be

Don’t live life for anyone else. Your life is yours alone. The people you’re “living for” (in the ways they want you to be) aren’t going to be there always.

18) join a social club or start classes in something you enjoy (like a hobby)

You’ll meet people and grow skills you never knew you had.

19) smell the flowers and/or coffee

Take time out of your day to smell something that relaxes your mind, body and soul. It really helps in times of tension.

20) love life

Love the life you live and be grateful and thankful for everythjng.

21) smile even when you don’t want to

Trick yourself into believing you’re happy on your worst days, it works.

22) watch funny clips

Spend your time laughing. Laughter is the best medicine.

23) be the best version of someone you’d like to meet

Like attracts like, so if you’re the version of someone you’d love to meet, you’ll meet a likeminded individual.

24) love wholeheartedly

Love entirely. Spread love like it’s glitter.

25) remember that every day is a second chance to change something about yourself or your life

If you’re not happy with something about yourself, change it. Don’t wait for tomorrow though, start today. Take tomorrow as a chance to stick with your new good habit and do it for 30 days until it becomes a part of you.

Thanks for reading (or not),

Miamii