The Best Things I Learned in 2019 (#FastTipsFridays)

The Best Things I Learned in 2019 (#FastTipsFridays)

The new year is here, but it’s never too late to look back with gratitude on the past! Celebrating the tough and rewarding lessons of 2019.

  • Life is better without Netflix on my mobile devices. Since deleting it from my phone in October, I’ve gotten better sleep, read more books, and appreciated more quiet than I would have.
  • Life is better with weekly social media sabbaths. In November I began disconnecting from social media on weekends. It’s made them more relaxing, productive, and rich with time spent with others.
  • Life is better with Fitbit. I started wearing a Fitbit in July and it has been the single best change I’ve made in my life all year. It’s been a huge motivator to stay more active and check in with my body rather than getting too sucked into the mental work of writing.
  • Life is better with executive functioning skills. In 2019, after my husband was diagnosed with adult ADHD, I began recognizing some of my own executive function deficits. While I don’t have full-blown ADHD, seeing this weakness in myself represents an opportunity to learn new skills in 2020. (Google “executive dysfunction” if you’re interested.)
  • Life is better with friends. This year I’ve been able to nourish stronger bonds with local friends. It takes more work and effort to connect in person, but I am more grateful than ever for the gift of community.  

Are there any books that have helped boost your mood? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!