10 Lessons I Learned In 2014

It's not even January 1st, and I am already looking forward to my birthday. In March.

2014 has proven to be one hell of a year. Only my closest and dearest friends know about the deep struggles I endured. It was something I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams. Each year since my divorce, I was so hopeful the following year would be spectacular. And every year since has been like a dagger to the heart.

So I kinda need March to hurry on up...after all, my birthday is like a national holiday.

I've had some incredible life experiences. I lost my Grandmother then my Mom the next year. I had my heart broken and divorced. I drained my savings to put food on the table. And through it all, I can look back and feel as though the universe has taught me a lot. It amazes me that I've made it through it all. And it amazes me that I'm 37 because I feel like I've just begun to live life!

So as this year comes to a close, allow me the opportunity to reflect on a handful of lessons I've learned.

  1. "Being good does not mean good things will happen." It's true. Bad things can happen to good people. And it sucks. 
  2. Always be truthful. No good comes from lying. Feelings may get hurt, but you'll always be able to look yourself in the mirror if you're honest.
  3. Change is inevitable. People change. Circumstances change. But life is short. Move on.
  4. Don't let the little things get to you. Don't sweat the small stuff. It's so not worth it.
  5. Be social. But remember, in this digital age, nothing is secret.
  6. Slow down. We all stand to lose at one time or another, but we can also gain so much. But you won't notice it if you don't take a breath and celebrate what's around you. 
  7. "Love is hope. It fuels are dreams, and if you're in it, you need to enjoy it because love doesn't always last forever."  I love a good fairy tale ending. But happily ever after may be questionable at best. So when you are blessed with true love, take it with both hands and don't let go.
  8. Create. It's so good for the soul.
  9. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure does help. Being able to pay bills is kinda a big deal. Don't go into debt. Better yet, take control of your finances. Don't let someone else take charge of your money.
  10. Practice gratitude. Everything is connected. And when you're grateful, positive energy surrounds you, and the universe smiles. 
The amazing people in my life never cease to surprise me with their generosity and goodness. They all had a hand in teaching me these 10 life lessons.

And these lessons make me the woman going into the new year.


  1. So glad you are blogging again! I love this list and it is spot on!!

    1. Carrie, love love love you! Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting me. Thanks for being you!

  2. Missed your posts Mo...love seeing you create online again. xo

    1. Thanks, Michelle. Nice to be missed :) and it's good to be writing again.


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