What I learned in 2017

2017 was full of uncertainty, growth, pain, tears, loss, beauty, stillness and faith. Here are a few things that I learned.

I learned that just because you have an incredible connection doesn’t mean you have a relationship

I learned that just because someone is an amazing human being that it doesn’t mean you’re supposed to be together.

I learned to create more and consume less.

I learned that escaping life does nothing but prolong misery. Eventually you have to attack your challenges. The longer you wait the bigger they grow.

I learned I want to create massive value for people I love with people I love (more on that in 2018)

I learned that experience trumps knowledge.

I learned life is way more grey than black and white.

I learned that each human being, consciously or subconsciously, brings their own life experiences to new relationships.

I learned that life can change or be completely gone in a split second when I thought my dog was developing seizures, packing a “go bag” during the Southern California fires and a friend from college tragically died in a plane crash.

I learned that one of the best ways to meet new people is to put yourself in environments with people of similar values.

I learned that nothing changes without massive action.

I learned that when you truly trust your heart and venture into the unknown the universe will support you.

I learned that people’s interactions and behaviors towards you is about them and not about you. Unless you are a self-centered asshole. Then it might be about you.

I learned that needing nothing is actually the true source of happiness.

I learned that in the present, with moment to moment awareness, there usually is nothing you need.

I learned that in order to consistently persist through adversity you have to love what you do.

I learned that in order to get people to work harder you need to get them to dream bigger. They will work for what they value.

I learned that consistent curiosity is one of the best ways to find what you love.

I learned you can love with zero expectations of getting anything in return.

I learned that your vibe attracts your tribe.

I learned that we are all running our own races. There truly is no one else like you.

I learned that in order to move forward you sometimes need to take a few steps back.

I learned that the best you can do is the best you can do.

I learned I don’t have to fit into society’s box. I can be a coach, entrepreneur and artist. All in the same day.

I was reminded of how your own vulnerability allows others to step into the light and heal.

I learned that the greatest experiences you’ll have in your life are the ones you don’t plan. The ones when you are fully lost in the moment. Planning can create expectations that are outside of your control.

I learned that having the courage to share the things you fear the most are what attracts the right people into your life.

I learned that a state of gratitude and anxiety cannot exist at the same time as long as you have the ability to fully focus on gratitude and stop your mind from the racing thoughts of worry, fear and anxiety.

I learned that not only is comparison the thief of all joy — it’s the thief of your greatest potential.