We are coming to the final days of 2015. It’s always sad when another year comes to an end, irrespective of how good or bad it may have been. For me, 2015 will be remembered as the year that I went out on a limb and followed my passion. Isn’t it funny how one event can define a whole year? I’m grateful for all of my readers who visit this space daily and allow me to do and share what I love. I feel like I found a sense of purpose this year — one that is still being shaped every day.
As I reflect on the year, I’m reminded of epic fails (#sugardetox), exciting times (I won two giveaways — and I never win anything!), and milestones (2015 marked my second cancer-versary).
I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned in the past twelve months.
Nothing is worth sacrificing your health for: You know that demanding job that you dread going to and find yourself hitting snooze a zillion times every morning to delay the inevitable? I’ve been there. It’s not fun at all, but it may be doing more damage to your health than you realize. Constant stress can wreak havoc on your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, adopt some coping mechanisms until you plan your exit strategy. Whether that’s doing yoga before you start your day, or taking a walk on your lunch break, inserting some “me” time can be a huge help.
You are never too old to follow your passion: A wise friend once told me that failure to act is just as bad as making a right or wrong decision. Think you missed your calling in life? Nonsense. You can always go down a new path. Sure, it may require late nights, learning a new skill set, or some sacrificing, but in the end it will be worth it.
Make yourself a priority: I don’t mean to sound selfish here, but make sure there is something in your day that is just for you. For me, that is my morning trip to Starbucks (sorry, Suze Orman!). It may seem silly to head to a coffee house when you can make it for a fraction of the price at home, but it helps me start my day off on the right foot. And when you find yourself working from home, it becomes more of a social outing than it once was!
Don’t skip the trip to the doc: In the past I have been guilty of missing visits to my primary care for an annual check up. With a new year upon us, and many making resolutions, it’s important to get a routine check up. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 when a lump was discovered during an annual exam. I was actually planning to cancel that appointment because I was busy with work and felt completely fine. I’m glad I didn’t! Regardless of your age, seeing a doctor once a year is always a good idea. And make sure they check your neck and thyroid levels!
I’d love to hear about your year. Feel free to share any lessons, accomplishments, or milestones in the comments below!