As the old saying goes, “We live and we learn.” Sometimes we learn things the hard way through trial and error, failure and mistakes; and sometimes we learn from simply observing the people and things around us, and being open to new information and change. Fortunately this year, I had to learn nothing the hard way. The following things that I’ve learned, were by putting into practice what has been imparted centuries ago by thought leaders, and using that knowledge to successfully form life-changing habits. Here’s what I learned this year:

  1. A little each day goes a long way; persistence is key!
  2. Nothing good is gained without hard work and dedication.
  3. When someone truly cares, they will show you.
  4. Don’t be hasty—think twice before you speak, and three times before you act.
  5. A thriving relationship takes equality and constant effort.
  6. Gratitude and kindness is the cure for stress and negativity.
  7. Living in the present moment is the cure for worrying.
  8. Accepting things for what they are instead of what they might be, is the cure for over-thinking.
  9. Don’t be afraid to cut ties; keeping a small tight circle with people who build you up will transform your life.
  10. It can take only 2% of your entire week to prepare home-cooked meals for 7 days. 

I hope you find these helpful in some way. What is one thing you learned this year?

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Love, Candace


25 Replies to “10 Things I Learned This Year”

  1. The big thing I learned and applied this year is that I will get through everything, I will survive whatever happens until the last thing, and then it won’t matter. What a miracle that has been for me. It has helped me face some great challenges and accept difficulties in my life that I would have otherwise avoided. Along the same lines is the saying “It’s not the end of the world until it’s the end of the world.”

    Thank you for your blogs Candace


    1. “It’s not the end of the world until it’s the end of the world.”— Love that! Thanks for sharing Tim. I’m so glad to hear you’ve not only learned it, by applied it as well this year.

      And you’re most welcome 🙂

  2. These are really great lessons for the overall improvement of the quality of your life. Great list!!

    I am just starting to look back at this past year and reflect upon everything, but I think the most important thing I’ve learned this year is a combination of #3 and #9 on your list. For years, there were people I kept in touch with, just because I was too nice to cut them out of my life. It can be exhausting being around people who are negative all the time and always have something to complain about. I finally decided I just don’t have room for those people in my life anymore. The people you choose to spend your time with should build you up and help you to become a better version of yourself, not exhaust you and drag you down or hold you back from growing as a person. I didn’t tell these people that I was removing them from my life, I just stopped keeping in touch with them. Not surprisingly, not one of those people have tried to contact me since then. If they haven’t tried to contact me in months, then they must not have cared about our friendship in the first place. I just hope that someday they will finally figure out why I finally cut them out of my life. Hopefully they will make changes, and will find happiness and positivity in their lives eventually. I did what was best for me, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it years ago.

    In the process of reassessing old friendships, I realized how many people I have grown closer to since I moved than when we lived in the same city. We were friends before, but not as close as we have now become. These are people who inspire me to constantly improve myself, and some of them are people I never would have guessed would become such as important part of my life someday. I love keeping up with the amazing things they are doing with their lives, and they are very supportive of the things I do, as well.

    Overall, life is just better when you surround yourself with the right people. 🙂

    1. I always look forward to your responses. You hit the nail on the head and I am so happy you had this realisation.
      This to me, is one of the main lessons we learn as we get older. We learn how to filter the people in our lives. It makes all the difference. Thank you for sharing your story Danny 🙂

      1. You’re very welcome!! 🙂

        And, just a heads up… I have tried to comment on your new post a few times, and I keep getting an error message, so I apologize in advance if you end up getting several comments from me that are nearly identical. haha Not sure if any of them actually got posted. If not, I’ll try again later.

  3. Ten lessons seems too long but these are all great and I like them especially think twice before you speak #4. Two lessons I have learned are first to practice gratitude always and secondly attitude is all I control.

  4. Amazing list, I especially like 3,8, and 9. Acceptance is so huge and one of the themes of a lot of my poetry. Also would much prefer to have 5-6 best friends then 30 meh friends that don’t really support me or give me the time of day.

    So I’ve been following you this whole time, but none of your posts have been showing up in my reader. I’m not sure why 🙁

    1. That’s great to hear and I really enjoy your poetry 🙂
      Yep, as we grow older we learn that having a few real friends is way better than having a bunch of “friends”.

      I will look into that issue with the WordPress reader. Thank you for pointing it out.
      If you wish, in the meantime you can subscribe for new post notifications. (The subscribe box is just under my “About Me” section).

  5. Wow! I love this! Unlike the usual ones, this is quite different, real, simple and much relatable. I wanted to list out the points I agree on, and have experienced, but turns out, it’s most of them 😛

    My biggest learnings this year:

    It’s okay to want your happiness, and chose it over other things.

    Patience is virtue.

    Detachment from toxicity is essential for your own good.

    Life always rewards you with the best, if you stay patient and believe it will.

    1. Well you know us and our similarities, Hahaha.
      Yes, yes, yes! It is okay to want your happiness. It took me a while to realise that wanting my happiness and choosing it over other things, didn’t mean I was being selfish.

      I love all those you listed. So true!

  6. I can say that I have literally seen you put these things into action over the past year. You have had a great year babe, a lot has changed and a lot has been learnt. I think ” don’t be hasty” has made a tremendous impact on your relationships closest to you. I also love how you’re cooking your own meals now on a more consistent basis. Keep it up babe.

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