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12 Things I learned in 2016

The saying “time flies when you are having fun” lives up to its name.  Where did 2016 go?

Here’s a quick recap: I visited seven countries I’ve never been to, I broke my foot, I experiences what is to travel solo, got my Digital Marketing master's degree, I mastered the art of booking flights and hotel rooms for very cheap, gained ten pounds, I lost ten pounds, got a promotion at work (Yay!), learned how to effectively pack the essentials to fit in a carry-on and, most importantly, got to learn a lot about several countries around the world. What’s not to love? 2016 was a great year indeed.

Every year I write a sentence which briefly describes what I learned during that month. To be honest, this post is mostly for me. Every “12 Things I Learned” blog posts are very special for me because each sentence reminds me of the event (or happening) that impacted my life in some way or another.

Here’s 12 things I learned throughout the year 2016:

January |  Work hard. The harder you work, the better the outcome!

 

February |  If everyone else get’s off the bus, going solo is the answer. Why depend on others to travel if you could just go by yourself?

 

March | “The glass of water should always be half-full.” Think positively for positive things to happen.

 

April | Do whatever you want, at the end it's your life.

 

May | Never let others convince you can’t achieve your dreams.

 

June | Crazy is good, right?

 

July | “An apple a day keeps the doctor away…” Eat well, live well.

 

August | Never say no to new adventures. The power of saying YES!

 

September |  The trouble is, you think you have time. Make it count!

 

October | Sunsets are meant to be savored. Take a moment to daydream while admiring nature’s farewell kiss to the night.

 

November | Busy is good, but overcoming exhaustion is frightful.

 

December | Forgive those you love.

 

At the end, we are who we are today thanks to past experiences and lessons learned. Many prefer to forget the past and live their lives looking towards the future only without thinking what your past experiences can offer.

Think about the main purpose of taking the stairs: to get to the next floor step by step. The stairs are there for you to step forward. When you feel stuck halfway to the end of the staircase,  just take a deep breath. I once read a quote by Charles R. Swindoll that said: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

The future in yours to write... Let’s make 2017 count.

With love,

Mariella

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