November Reflection (2018)

Each month, I set aside time to reflect on the previous month: memorable moments, lessons I learned, how I spent my time, how I’m different, who/what I’m grateful for, improvements for next month, and goals to work toward. I try to be intentional in my personal development, and posting each month is a way to keep me accountable (as a nice reminder, it’s also built into my favorite planner 😉 ).

Three Lessons I Learned:

  • Be grateful for the opportunities you have. As sad as it was for me to leave Italy, it helped to change my attitude into one of gratitude for the experiences and friends I was able to make. I met so many people from all around the world that I was able to share adventures and experiences with. Hopefully one day our paths will cross again, and I hope to journey back to that beautiful part of the world in the (not so distant) future.
  • It doesn’t have to be a crazy big trip to be an adventure. I did some local exploring the last few weeks before I left Italy, and I am already building a list to do now that I am back in the States (so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!). Every day really can be an adventure.
  • Transition (and plain old change) is hard. Last year held a lot of it, and this past month held much more. There are lots of emotions that come with it — and a whole lot of stress. Learning to be uncomfortable in transition is hard, but necessary. In those moments of transition, it exposes who we are under pressure and reveals areas that maybe need some work.

Top 3 Highlights:

  • Snowboarded on a glacier.
  • Hiked to the triple border and was in three countries at once.
  • Moved home and saw so many friends and family.

Monthly Motto:

“Transitions in life can offer opportunities for discovery.” – Robbie Shell

What big lessons have you learned over the past month? Share in the comments below!


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