Reflecting on 2016

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As the year quickly comes to a close now is about the right time to reflect over 2016. 

I personally enjoy reflecting because it reminds me of the challenges I've faced and the lessons I've taken from them. It reminds me of the areas of my character that I need to improve on. Most of all it reminds me of how good God has been to me this year and how He always surpasses my expectations.

No, not everything has gone 'perfectly' for me this year and not everything has gone according to plan but I believe there's always something to take away from every disappointment and there's always an opportunity to learn from every let down. 

So, as I reflect I think about my highs of 2016, some of which include getting engaged and married all in the same year; moving into a place of my own with my husband; relaunching Kike's Closet; changing churches and getting to meet and know new people.  

Each of these things have come with their own challenges and victories but I have taken so much out of them. Below I list just some of the lessons I have learnt this year: 

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Do what you love. 
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Go with your gut feeling / instinct and avoid being easily influenced by someone else's opinions. 
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Be more open minded. 
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Don't let anyone or anything steal your joy. 
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Never compare yourself with anyone else. Comparison is the thief of all joy and satisfaction. 
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Be more flexible. 
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Don't be afraid to take more risks. 
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Have a more positive perspective / outlook on life. 
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It's never too late to do / learn something new.  
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Cherish your family - they're your best support system. 
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Always plan ahead. 
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Love more. 

As we prepare to step into 2017, if you're like me and keep a journal go over it and  review your year, think about all you've been through and the lessons you've learnt and how they can help you prepare for the coming year. Also think about the things you desire to accomplish in 2017, write them down so that you have something to work towards in the new year. If you don't keep a journal I would recommend you do. It doesn't need to be a physical book and pen but you can always make notes on your phone or tablet if you have one. 

I'm looking forward to a fresh start in the new year. Do enjoy the new year celebrations this weekend and see you in the new year. 

Lots of love, K.G

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