And just like that! Another decade is gone! Can you believe that it will January 1, 2020 tomorrow! This past year has flown by and yet it seems like this past decade has also flew by in a blink of an eye.

As we approach this new decade, I want to focus on what’s ahead 🙂 I want to continue to grow as a writer, a friend, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a educator and a author.

For me these past 10 years have brought both challenges and blessings. But, before I say goodbye to this decade, there has been some life lessons that I have learned.

  1. Cherish the Time with Loved Ones

This past decade, my family faced some hardships. In the mist of this chaos, I leaned on my family and friends. We laughed, cried, screamed and picked each other up. To me there are no words to describe how much I appreciate my family and friends. We have taken some epic trips and have spent some amazing time together!

2. It’s Ok to Dream and Make Your Dreams Become A Reality

I have been blessed to be able to publish 2 novels before 2020. This has been a dream of mine for a long time! I decided that there is no way but to move forward with my dreams. My family and friends kept hearing I was going to publish a book and when I did, there is not words to describe feeling your work in your own hands. This has given me the opportunity to continue to write and share my stories with people. To me my therapy is writing, and I love to take my feelings and put them into words. If you have a dream, do it! Don’t wait!

3. Focus on Yourself

This one I have learned this past year. I have decided that I need ME time. I want to show to my family that just because I give myself some time for myself, it is because it allows me to stay mentally, physically and emotionally stable for them. Don’t put yourself second! Put yourself first and others will notice and appreciate your hard work.

4. No One is Perfect

I struggle with this one. I feel that I need to be on my A game all the time. I feel that I need to have this drive to always and try to be perfect. I think this is because I see myself as a people pleaser. Guess what? It is ok to make mistakes and not be perfect. The place I have grown the most from this is from teaching my amazing students. If I make a mistake, they see me as a human being and tell me to just keep going. My amazing students have told me that they see me as more relatable. Let me tell you, I love looking into the classroom and seeing the familiar faces of people that I have taught. 😊

5. Just be Yourself

This relates to all of the previous ones that I have mentioned. If you are not true to yourself, then you are not true to others. I think I have spent many years trying to figure out who I am. Now I can say I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, educator, book lover and author.

What is one thing you learned this past decade and one thing you are looking forward to?

Happy New Year everyone! Sending positive thoughts to all of you as we close 2019 and say hello to 2020!