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  1. These were so great! You’re right on with #1. Thank you for the mindfulness lesson this Monday morning!

    1. You’re welcome Yadi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post:)

  2. This is great recap of learnt lessons from this year. Being proofed that nothing is for granted certainly came hard on us in so many ways this year, but despite all I feel like I still got so much out of it and became more grateful for what I was given<3


    1. Yes, I agree. I think we all gained things from 2020, and it was a year of learning and growth. Thanks for stopping by Satanja!

  3. So many good lessons, especially #9! We took so many things for granted before COVID and love the Any Day Above Ground is a Good Day quote!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    1. #9 is a good one! I know, right? That quote is a game-changer for me:) Thanks, Jill!

  4. I love all of your uplifting posts on here! It adds a little cheer to my day! Self growth and care is important as is rest, something that I think a lot of us let go first when things get busy or stressful… when we need to do the opposite!


    1. Thanks so much, Carrie! I’m glad you are enjoying my posts and it makes me happy that they are adding cheer to your day. I agree growth and self-care are so important and things we often neglect.

  5. Hands down – this has been my favorite post that I’ve read all day. I LOVE the list you put together, and you are so sweet for including my quote! 🙂 I agree that last year really opened my eyes to being grateful for just the basics. But it also taught me how much I MISS the basics too; like hugging my family. I swear I will never take that for granted again!!


    1. Aww, that’s such a compliment Shauna thanks very much!! So true about missing the basics I never thought about it that way, such a great point. I think gratitude has been a big one for everyone.

    1. Thanks, Tiziana and I hope you are having a wonderful start to you new year too!!

  6. I love this positive take! Nothing is ever wasted if you learn something from it. And I completely agree that 2020 really helped bring the focus back to what *truly* matters in life – not the rat race, but family, health, and happiness.

    xo Danai @ Living, Learning, Eating

    1. I agree that nothing is wasted if you learn from it, and 2020 did bring our focus to the things that matter most and for that, I am so grateful! Thanks for sharing, Danai:)

  7. Kudos to you, Martha! These lessons are literally gold. I can personally identify with all of them. Over 2020, I really tried hard to protect my peace, and that’s something I’m bringing with me into this year and every year after. There was so much unnecessary stuff happening with others dear to my heart, but it was actually toxic for me – even though I wasn’t actually involved or able to control any of it. Just listening was toxic and I started becoming so negative. I knew it just wasn’t me, so I’m trying to remove all of those toxic people/things that I allow to steal my joy away.

    I really loved your extra lessons at the bottom, especially the one about the toilet paper! Haha, I said that so many times when I’d go to Walmart. I just don’t get it.

    Make Life Marvelous

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Ashley. I’m glad you were able to distance yourself from the negativity, good for you! That’s sometimes such a hard thing to do when they are people we care about. Yes to protecting our own peace, that has been a significant area of growth for me in the past few years.

      Hahaha, glad someone enjoyed my extra lessons learned I couldn’t help but share those ones too:-)

  8. This is such a great list of lessons! Although I would say since my kids are home full time I think there is less time for self-care! Ironic, right? I will say my patience has gotten so much better!

    1. That’s so true, Laura! My girls are doing online schooling this week, and self-care has been a challenge for sure. If they extend the online schooling, I have to plan to have that time to take care of myself or it won’t happen.

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