Lessons Learned in 2014

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Lessons Learned from 2014

Each year brings in new hopes, opportunities, new friends, relationships and with that many new lessons. I will cherish 2014 always, as it transformed me completely. It gave me a new direction and I found my purpose. Here are few lessons that this wonderful year taught me.

Powerful Beliefs- Your beliefs have the tremendous power to break you or to make you. This is most profound thing that this year has taught me. When you believe in yourself and in your strengths with full conviction, you are able to achieve much more that what you ever thought. Growing up, people around us instil many beliefs on us, but as a responsible adult, we need to check them. If something is limiting us, then it is time to shed those beliefs and embrace new empowering ones.

Dream- All innovations were once a dream, so dream and believe in your dreams. When you believe in them, you get powers to make them a reality. It may take time, but your dreams will come true, gradually.

Love yourself- One of the best feelings in life is to fall in love with yourself, just the way you are. When that happens, your life transforms magically and everyday your life becomes even more beautiful.

Spend Quality Time- The best gift that you can give anyone is your time. When you spend time with your friends, family, children or pet, they feel more loved and connected with you and you make memories for a lifetime. You also need to make time for yourself, to introspect and to find answers to your challenges. Listening to music, going for a walk, cooking, writing, playing a sport or reading are some of the ways you can connect to yourself.

Learn to let go- It is much easier said than done, but when we let go, we give more power and freedom to ourselves. Holding on to grudges takes away our peace. Instead, forgive the other person and bring peace. Try doing it once and see how life transforms, easily.

Express your love- The Peshawar incident is enough for us to realise that life is too short and unpredictable. Don’t wait for the right moment to express your love. Every moment is precious, so go ahead and hug your family, call your friends and say ‘I love you’ to your children.

Friends will go- No matter how much you try to hold on….your best friends may leave you. It could be for a new job opportunity or a career shift, marriage or studies or there could be no reason at all. It will hurt you and you may feel that your world will collapse. However, this is the same time when you should go and meet new people, make new friends, travel to new places, work with the underprivileged and take up some new hobbies. This is time you can rediscover yourself.

You can make a difference in other’s life in your own little way. Your mere presence could give courage to some. Your words can give hope and heal some. You can inspire others. You are a miracle and you can spread magic wherever you go.

Be grateful- Life may not be perfect, yet there are so many things to be grateful about. Maintain a gratitude journal and write at least one thing you are grateful for everyday. Gratitude adds more beauty to your life.

People make resolutions every year only to break them. I recommend that tonight before you go to sleep, make a wishlist instead of resolutions. Set a very powerful intention as you write each wish and then watch how each day takes your even closer to your dreams. Have a lovely day today and keep enjoying every single moment.

Let the New Year bring even more abundance in your life and may it give even more confidence, good health, support, environment, skills and determination to pursue your dreams! Happy New Year!

Gayatri Aptekar

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Gayatri Aptekar

A curious student of Life, Gayatri believes in the power of Dreams. She quit her career as a Research Associate to follow her passion of writing and interacting with people. A Master Practitioner of NLP, she is a NLP Healer and a life coach. She can be found at “Outside the Kitchen Window” (gsaptekar84@gmail.com ) wielding her magical wand to pen her thoughts, poems, fictitious stories, mouth-tingling recipes and book