Our everyday routine (minus Thursdays) usually gives us lesser opportunities for a throwback. With every new year, we commence a new chapter of our life. However, it perhaps is very natural and somewhat inevitable to look back at the year gone by. We all tend to relive the highs and lows of our life, smile again at what made us smile and feel sad for what didn’t go as wished. Life is a giver and gives us a clean slate over and over again to write and rewrite our story. The question remains how well we write ours with the lessons learnt from certain incidents of life.
As we look forward to a blessed 2018, sharing with you all the real life lessons, tips and goals. These might not raise your fitness bars or help you beat that Instagram algorithm, but can probably help you win the bigger battle that’s life!
January – Learn. Learn everyday. Today be a person better than who you were yesterday. Feel gratitude to feel empowered. Admit your mistakes but never let your mistakes define who you are and who you can be. We as humans are bound to make them. Forgive yourself first and then those who hurt you.
February – Celebrate. Family. Friends. Love. Love so much that it consumes you. Never let go the people who love you. Don’t chase those who never could because that is their weakness and not yours. Love and love more each day. It is the only thing that truly rewards you in life.
March – Take your work seriously. Fall in love with what you do. Do not work in quest for ‘that life’. Work to learn and grow as a person. Work to grow stronger. Because you’ll dream and when you dream it you do it.
April – Meet new people. Make new friends. Share your life. Imbibe their lessons. Love yourself for others to love you. Make time for your family and yourself. Give little but give back to the world. It needs it.
May – Do not let others set goals or benchmarks for you. Professionally, what others do, have done or are doing is their chapter. Don’t waste your time and energy in making their chapter yours. And don’t let others do it for you. Cut yourself from people who set standards for you. You are way too capable to do that in your own, individual way.
June – Travel. Travel for yourself. Travel to learn. Travel to strengthen your bond with your loved ones. Travel like there’s no tomorrow. And, besides all the SPF drama a little sun never harmed anyone. Embrace nature at its hardest. It always does!
July – Have a pet. It is empowering to love someone who cannot demand like us. Make time for them. Love them unconditionally. That’s a stronger version of prayer, trust me.
August – Believe. Believe in people who believe in you and appreciate them for it. In life, to tread a road less traveled is always the hardest. Many discourage you, many tell you, you cannot make it and how you don’t have what it takes, many will refuse to work with you for you. Believe in that one who said yes.
September – Exercise. Eat Healthy. Don’t compromise on this valuable asset. Cycle. Walk. Squat. Give that ass what it deserves!
October – Husbands, boyfriends, friends, colleagues, teammates…do not tolerate a man who doesn’t respect you. Do not tolerate a man who lacks some serious linguistic control while talking to a woman. Do not allow them to judge you for what you do. How incapable and weak they are is defined by actions like these.
November – People judge you by your ‘social count’ and that is largely they know and want to know about you. Don’t be or become one of them. Modesty surprises people. Be modest anyway.
December – Organize your schedules. Plan ahead. Make others feel special. Play with kids. Walk in the chill. Feel it on bare legs. Eat that junk. Dance at weddings. Love. Give love. Jealousy is an emotion. Accept jealously in people. They are cause they never can be you. Smile. Feel blessed.
In this look: Shein tier dress, H&M sunglasses, Forever 21 block heels, vintage coined gold earrings model’s own. Photography by Agamit. Concept, Direction and Styling by TrimmingsAndLace. A T&L Réseau Production.