17 Things I learned in 2017



HAPPY NEW YEAR! “Twas a lovely night at home with my two favorite boys. Enjoyed an  amazing wine and awesome vegan cheese and cracker board.. complete with olives. 🙂 YUM!

Today I want to go over 17 things I learned in 2017!!!

CAUTION: This will be a very real and raw post!

#1- I learned I am the average of the 5 people I hang out with. We are greatly influenced by the people closest to us. These people affect our self worth, our way of thinking, and how you make decisions.  Choose those people wisely.

#2- I learned to be mentally tough. Being mentally tough will make or break you. Look up what this means. I could go on and on for hours.. but basically do the things that are hardest first. Challenge yourself. Learn. I did a 4 week gym challenge before my birthday and I crushed it. Why?! Because I forced myself to be mentally tough. You can too!

#3- I learned I am a BADASS.. And guess what you are a BADASS! Yes you!! Learn to love yourself.  Read the book You are a BADASS by Jen Sincero if you need a little extra boost. ❤

#4- I learned Marriage>Everything. This means girl’s nights, girl’s trips, being away from my spouse and growing apart. A lot of this is good in moderation, but ignoring your marriage and bettering only yourself, will stunt your marriage. Grow your marriage. Go on date nights. Drink too much wine together. YouTube weird videos. Talk about your goals. Talk about your fears.. travel together and GROW. Your husband is your #1.

#5- I learned family is so important. The time you spend with them cannot be replaced. They are getting older and you cannot go back in time. They are your blood and they will always love you. MAKE THE TIME to see them.

#6- I learned to invest. Spend time growing yourself and expanding and become aware of the future. Invest in your health, invest in knowledge, and invest in your future.

#7- I learned I can’t change people. People who are meant to be in your life will make the time for for you. Stop chasing friends who will not do the same for you. People go in and out of your life, but the ones who make effort are worth it.

#8- I learned you should launch that blog you are working on, apply for that job you’ve always wanted, ask that girl out, and do things that freaking scare the hell out of you.. WHY?! Because why the hell not?

#9- (Piggy backing #8) I learned to never give up. I did blogmas this year and there were nights I just didn’t wanna write, but I did… I did because I set the goal. DON’T EVER GIVE UP! Whatever this means to you… and you should know right away, just don’t give up on it!

#10- I learned to live for every day not just the weekends. You know that Friday feeling? You can feel it every day.. It’s not just a one time a week thing. Live every day like a Friday and watch yourself grow.

#11- I learned to not care about what people think! Truly. Gary Vee.. THANK YOU! He taught me how to not care. I don’t anymore. So you are gonna judge, so you’ve probably already said things about me, but right now I just don’t care. I know my truth and I know who I am. You can get there too!

#12- I learned to slow down…. What that means is that it’s okay to live your life how you want, but always remember to take time to really appreciate those times in life that might not be significant to you in the grand scheme. Morning coffee… it’s an every day thing.. until you slow down and really enjoy every sip. Get it? 🙂 The drive home from work.. it’s long.. are you enjoying it with a podcast or your favorite music? It’s all about how you see the situation.

#13- I learned to buy the wine you want or that dress that might be a little over budget. Life is too short to buy the cheap wine or have FOMO about the cute dress. Spoil yourself. (not overboard) but do things for you. Every day, do something for YOU! Self love is underrated.

#14- To piggy back on #13- Do something for someone else every day too. A coworker, family member, husband, dog, that stranger at trader joes, heck even the mail man… WHOEVER. Just do something to make someone else’s day a little better.

#15- I learned there’s always a new day. You screwed up on Monday… guess what there’s always Tuesday to apologize. It’s never the end of the world. We all make mistakes. Apologize and forgive. Two huge things to always do.

#16- I learned my time is valuable. You can get so much done in a day if you manage your time. Buy a planner and starting planning things out. The more organized you are, the more you realize you have time for those things you wanna do!.. Go do ’em!

#17- Last but not least I learned I am always changing, forever growing, and always getting better. It’s okay to change. You used to like mustard… now you hate it. It’s okay. You used to love yoga.. now you love weight training.. COOL! You used to love going out on Friday nights, and now you stay home! Learn to love the changes. It’s okay to change and grow!!!!

I hope you learned a lot this year too!! Let me know what you’ve learned in the comments below! I love hearing your thoughts!

Talk to you soon!



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Ashley is a vegan flight attendant sharing her personal style, lifestyle and adventures with all of you! For inquiries or collaborations please email seeknvegan@gmail.com

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