22 lessons learned in 2013

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My 22 Life Lessons Learned in 2013 on the blog!

Life is one continual lesson and we should be reflecting on them every day, but a new year does present a good opportunity for energetic shifting.

Let’s take this tick over into a new numerical period of time to start anew. We can’t do that without looking at where we currently stand. There was a river of lessons that brought you to the point where you are now.

What do you know now that you didn’t in 2012? Or what do you know a little more about?

Life lessons of 2013

  1. Health is always priority. Listen to your body (and your mind).
  2. Your gut holds all the answers. LISTEN to it and then act (I seem to get harsh lessons on this one each year).
  3. No one will care about your dreams as much as you do.
  4. Only work with those who believe in and are passionate about what you are doing.
  5. Play to your strengths, not your weaknesses.
  6. You have the power to change any condition of your life you don’t like. Turn inward for answers, listen to the whispered wisdom of the trees, turn to those who have mastered what you need to learn.
  7. I will no longer lend my ears to people who just want to complain. If you want to work on a solution, then I’m hearing and helping.
  8. Fear is mostly imagined and it’s giving you the most insane, yet believable excuses as to why you can’t do something. Get rid of fear and you get the dream.
  9. The Universe is always supporting you.
  10. Open your five senses to the continual signs speaking and guiding you.
  11. Trust your instincts (just in case you didn’t understand No 2).
  12. Releasing your first eBook when you are in Tasmania with crappy internet is not a good idea.
  13. You deserve happiness and life is not out to get you.
  14. The crappy outcomes and the good ones are always gifts leading you to the right place. You just don’t get it till later.
  15. Spend time to look at the crappy outcomes and try to understand the reason behind them. It will help you find peace and develop trust in the river of life.
  16. Some people just can’t be trusted. Don’t hang around them.
  17. Focus on authentic relationships. If you don’t like someone just don’t hang around them. Leave the bitching behind. And don’t suck up to people in public who you bitch about in private. (Can’t believe how much I witnessed this in 2013).
  18. Do it now. There will never be a perfect time.
  19. Learn from others, yet only take on what feels right for you and your circumstances. What works for others might not be best for you. There is no one right way.
  20. Marie Forleo kicks some MOFO ass!
  21. Happiness is a choice. Peace is the ultimate destination.
  22. And my secret? Never give up on yourself.

What one lesson did you learn in 2013?

37 thoughts on “22 lessons learned in 2013”

  1. Listen to your children and how they’re feeling. It isn’t always complaining just to annoy you, it may be something serious. (In our case 9 year old daughter diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mid year after weight loss and more sadness and depression than an adult should have, far less a child with everything to live for).

    1. This is so true Ellen. I’m so sorry to hear of your daughter’s challenges. I hope this year is a bit more steady for her. So heartbreaking when your babies are hurting xx

  2. If we could just bear these tips in mind every day, we’d be stronger and better for them for sure. Health is everything of course, and state of mind is essentially up to us. Wishing you all the best for a fab 2014 … And good internet connectivity wherever you are 😉

  3. LOVE #17 “Focus on authentic relationships” !!! Been following it for 3 decades now. Trying to instil this in my teenage daughter.

  4. Some great lessons learned and tips for the rest of us 🙂 Yes, health has to be top priority because if you’ve got that then everything else really is down to our state of mind and positivity (or not). Do it Now, is a great one … even if we can’t Do it ALL now! Here’s wishing you lots of positive lessons in 2014 and a great 2014 – oh, with good internet connectivity everywhere 😉

  5. So what if your gut and instinct is telling you that you can’t possibly succeed and shouldn’t even try. If some of us always listened to our gut we’d never achieve anything.

    1. Hi Chris!
      I believe with all my heart that our gut is the place of truth and pure connection. It’s always guiding you towards a path where you can live your best life and contribute what’s so amazing about you. I don’t think it ever tells you, you are not good enough. This is totally your fear speaking which is controlled by your mind. Once you learn to shut those voices out-or not believe them, you can then hear the clear, pure message from your gut. Trust your gut always xx

      1. Caz,
        I agree with you on trusting one’s gut. I work my money in the stockmarket for a living and I have since learnt gut should be placed before knowledge and education in making transaction decision. Haha! Wonder why parents always place academic achievement above everything.

        1. So agree. When I dabbled in the stock markets, I lost. You know what happened right? i did not follow my gut!! It was telling me something else, but the stock broker convinced me to go the other way because I was fearful and thought he knew best. Doh! Harsh lesson

  6. Thanks for sharing such a valuable list! I learnt be wiser and not trust just anybody – I mean I need be more rational when it comes to dealing with people.

  7. A great set of rules to live by! I’ve embraced positive thinking this year with great results but still need to let go of the fear which has been holding me back a lot. Many thanks for sharing such an inspirational and thought-provoking post.

  8. Fantastic post, gave the idea of doing something similar 🙂 I agree with you on lot of these, but your 1st one is also my 1st -decided that even health is more important than travel and gave up on moving to London before i get better 🙂

    1. Good idea! You never want to move to a new country and suffer from health challenges. London will always be there once you get better.

    1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is a great one. We have to be careful to follow that with this blog. Multiple channels of income streams are needed

  9. Hello. I just found your blog through problogger.net and I am glad I did. It is a sharp looking blog. You make excellent points here but the very first one about your health resonated with me the most. Good health won’t just happen. We have to be on purpose about taking care of our heath.

    I also agree that if you wait for the perfect time to do anything important, you will never do it. While there is such a thing as lousy timing and better timing, there is no perfect time. There comes a point that you simply have to “do”.

    I will try to follow on a regular basis in 2014. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

    Scott Moore

    1. We are glad you found us too Scott! Doing is essential. I’m pretty good at diving in. Problem is I have to go back a lot to fix up mistakes I wouldn’t have made if I tried to perfect it a little more first 🙂

  10. Ruann (Solo Travel Uncut)

    I loved this post! I’m a great believer in making mistakes (unless you can learn from the mistakes of others’.) I can sense a lot of wisdom in your words, and I truly like the fact that even though it’s a travel blog you still write about life in general.

    I’m a newborn when it comes to travel blogging (launched today), and I’ll definitely check back in!

    Happy new year to you both!

    1. Welcome to the travel blogging world Ruann! It’s a good life filled with lots of mistakes!! LOL It was for us anyway and still is!

  11. Caz, I’ve very much enjoyed your blog since I stumbled upon it half way through 2013. I’ve been waiting for the right blog to contribute a comment to and your 22 Lessons Learned was a perfect fit. Lessons #1, 3 and 18 are all ones I’ve long embraced. We just don’t know how long we have on this spinning ball. If we aren’t learning then we are not paying attention. The positive natural voice you share is one that is always welcome and easily heard. Thank you for sharing consistently. Wishing you and your family a Healthy, Happy and Adventurous 2014!

    1. Thank you so much for popping out to say hi Suzanne. We appreciate you joining us on our journey here. I love that, “If we aren’t learning, then we are not paying attention.” Perfect. You have a wonderful 2014 too.

  12. Beautiful article and amazingly explained.
    Just want to add one quote of mine here, “Life is full of Choices, either you choose it wisely or else it will misuse you wisely.”

    Am I right?

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