2018 is finally here!!! I couldn’t be more excited because 2017 was, well… a little rough. But it certainly wasn’t without its lessons. And now, as the new year gets underway, there are a lot of things I’m excited to dive into in 2018. You see, this year, instead of making resolutions, we thought it would be interesting to explore thoughts around what 2017 has taught us, and in turn, what we’d like to learn in 2018.
And we’re hoping that you’ll share your thoughts with us too! Because chances are, we are curious about the same things, and your ideas for personal growth and development help shape the stories you see on the site, the events we host for our readers and the retreats we plan in the coming months. We even found some similarities amongst our team, as we reflected together about what we hope to learn in 2018. We thought we’d share a few below as starters, but what we’re really looking forward to is what you have to say in the comments!
Oh, and we’re taking this opportunity to introduce a few new names you haven’t seen here before. Welcome Gabby and Veronica to the team! You’ll get to know them more in the coming weeks, but Gabby just joined us after we met at a community event and is helping us with the day-to-day around the studio. And Veronica, well you already know her (remember this story?) She just started with us on Tuesday as our new Managing Editor!
Ok, so back to what this post is really about…
Garance : If I had to keep one thing from all the amazing teachings 2017 had for me, it would be to trust my intuition.
Tori: Things can always be worse. I’ve really learned not to dwell on things, but to take them as they are and either move on, find a solution, or nurture it toward a positive direction.
Caitlin: Let people (friends, loved ones, strangers) help you when you need it – it’s OK to be vulnerable.
Brittany: Patience is important.
Mary: Kombucha tops my daily necessity list.
Veronica: Conflating one’s artistic worth with one’s self worth is the worst thing one can do for their art. And themselves.
Pia: Being a dog parent is HARD.
Emily: Family over everything. Even when that’s the hardest thing.
Carie: After living the last 15 years of my life relying on public transport, and now living in LA, I realize I actually hate driving (outside of road trips) and will never be good at parallel parking. Ever.
Gabby: To finally take all the good advice I give to others and apply it to my own life.
Vanessa: I’ve learned that more often than not, my body mistakes thirst for extreme hunger. Unfortunately, I usually resort to the latter.
Vanessa: How to say no more often.
Gabby: How to travel without being connected to social media! An enjoy getting lost while traveling (goodbye google maps!)
Carie: After witnessing how much people have lost this year in natural disasters, I realize how little I need to make me happy and that I can always give more to those in need, be it time or physical things. I’d like to do more of this in 2018 and learn even more about how to get involved in helping others.
Emily: To throw pottery! I think it could become the ultimate relaxation.
Pia: How to save money living in a big city.
Mary: Learn how to block out the noise and outside opinions of others and really focus on how I’m feeling and what I truly want!
Brittany: How to spend less time on my phone.
Caitlin: The art of hosting a long, drawn out dinner party without needing to clean incessantly.
Veronica: How to do a handstand. I’m irrationally terrified of them.
Tori: Another language. Maybe Italian?!
Garance: Ok, there are many things. Here are three of them. One, to be truly me. Two, I want to learn Tarot (yep!). Three, I want to save the planet. Or at least do one thing everyday to do so. Mother Earth needs us!
But seriously, we’d love to hear what you’ve learned, what you’re learning, and what you’d love to see from us in the upcoming year!