What a year.

I greeted 2015 in the Dominican Republic. A one-way ticket got me there, and I had the best four months of my life. From an entrepreneurial perspective, 2015 was one big adventure. I felt like I lived ten different lives.

I volunteered at an all-girls orphanage, back-packed through the Caribbean, visited Haiti, danced, had first time experiences, reunited with family, and met some incredible people. I came back to the U.S. with a renewed heart.

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At the orphanage in Dominican Republic.

 

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With starfish in Isla Saona (a tropical island near D.R.)

 

From there, I focused on building my business, connected with various creative entrepreneurs around the world, and finally got over some fears. Launching this site was one of them.

I spent the summer in upstate New York running a computer camp and devoted my fall semester to my speaking tour. In three months, I visited more than 24 schools, had 71 presentations and met more than 3,000 young people.

Read that again.

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My typical office every day

Finally, I achieved some huge goals. My articles were featured in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and some other places.

I don’t say any of this to brag, but to share with you what 2015 taught me through these experiences. May the following lessons add to your revelations.

1. You can design the life you want.

I get it. Sometimes a million things get in the way. Bills, lack of motivation, self-doubt, fear, and family pressure are just some examples. But, you have the power to design your life. What do you want your day to look like? Your week? Your month? Your year?

2. You have the final choice.

Some things are beyond your control. But, regardless of what happens in your life, you have the final choice. You can choose to feel happy or sad. You can choose to view it as a negative or a positive. You can choose to love or hate. You choose. That is freedom.

3. You can change your mind, over and over.

Stagnation is the enemy. We are constantly growing and exploring. Therefore, its 100% okay to constantly change your mind. It is a sign that you are still exploring your likes/dislikes. The more you explore, the more self-knowledge you acquire.

4. You must stand up for yourself.

Defending yourself is necessary. Sometimes people cross verbal and physical boundaries that offend you. It’s your responsibility to represent yourself and amend the situation. No one else can do that for you.

5. Action is greater than thought.

You can think all day long about the life you desire. You can visualize the body you want, but if you are not taking action, thoughts are futile. Take time to think things through, always. Then match those thoughts with action.

6. Self-love trumps everything.

We all want to love and be loved. If you can’t give it to yourself first, every interaction you have with others will disturb you in some way.  Think of a cup. If your love cup is empty, who can drink from it? But if you learn to fill your love cup for the nourishment of your soul first, then, everyone else can enjoy your presence.

Now it’s your turn.

What lessons did 2015 teach you? Can you relate to any of the above?

Remember, revelation comes through conversation. Comment below and let’s talk.

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