As we near the end of 2019, naturally I am taking the time to reflect on all the things I learned this year. This year I realized what I wanted to do career wise and what I want out of life. I also learned that achieving my goals on my own has been one of the greatest accomplishments. This past year I’ve learned what it means to sit still – to be happy exactly where I’m at in my life. Along with being at peace with where I’m at in life, I have learned that God’s plan for me is bigger than my own and I can only imagine what He has in store for me. Throughout the course of the year I learned that sometimes we have to choose ourselves and our own goals over someone else’s. Life can be full of distractions and if we let them, they can derail us off our own path. In the last few months of this past year, I have especially learned that another women’s beauty is not the absence of my own. Having the confidence in myself to know this has been most transformative. In 2018 I came to terms with my Lupus diagnosis, but it wasn’t until this past year that I really learned how to cope with it and all the struggles it brings. Taking care of yourself mind body and soul is a full-time job and it’s important to prioritize your overall health to ensure you're living a full life. Above anything else, this year I learned the importance of kindness. I not only learned how to be kinder to others but to myself as well. When we have kindness at the forefront of everything we do, it’s hard not to be happy. I cannot wait to see what 2020 brings and am so grateful as I take the time to look back at the year…I challenge you to do the same!