Hellooo 2020!

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope your 2020 is off to a great start. I’m very excited about it! I just wanted to take this moment to share how 2019 has been such an interesting year but in a positive way.

Last year was full of surprises and I realized the endless possibilities that are out there, if I just got out of my comfort zone. 2019 has pushed me in ways that I kind of hated (lol) but realized that was so good for me. Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. Feeling discomfort is an opportunity to grow

I’ve definitely felt this discomfort several times last year, where I had to decide to move on, let go, or do nothing and stay where I was. I felt stuck with what I knew, how I spent my time, and was eager for a change. I’ve let go of playing certain gigs, teaching gigs, freelance design work, and the big one for me, was my office job that I held for over 5 years. It was comfortable, steady, but it took time away from growing a business that I started and also time away from other things I’d rather do. It was a scary, uncomfortable thought of leaving the job. But when I made the decision to quit, I quickly found a supplemental job with much more flexibility and I also get to practice my sales training. So this brings me to the next thing…

2. Time is so precious

We get so caught up in our comfort zone, that we let time slip away from growing and seeing our potential. I had to ask myself several times last year, how do I really want to spend my time? Someone once asked me what I do with  my time since I don’t have a TV. Well.. there is A LOT you can do when you don’t have a TV. LOL! You’d be surprised how busy you get without one. I spend my time working on my business, meeting people and clients, researching, sales training, reading a ton of books, practicing drums more than ever, actually having time to go for a walk at the beach on a regular basis, and being with people I care about. I’ve met with a couple of people last year that I admire and they all say the same thing: Time is the most valuable thing you have.

3. Knowledge really is power

There is so much to learn out there, but you have to want to learn by getting out of the comfort of what you think you know, to see what else is out there. Whether it’s self development, financial education, how to grow a business, and even just how to stay healthy, to name a few, there is so much information out there that is easily found. You’d also be surprised at how much people are willing to share their knowledge and their secrets with you, all you have to do is ask! So go out there, read books, do tons of research on any topic that interests you. Pay for mentorship sessions because they are definitely worth it. Reach out to people you admire and see if they want to hang out. The worse they can say is no, but from my experience, they often say yes. Keep an open mind and question everything. With knowledge, you can really take full control of your life.

4. Not labeling things

This one is huge. As humans, we are used to putting a word to a situation, a person, or whatever it is as good, bad, inconvenient, annoying, etc., We tend to attach our emotions to the labels and whether we realize it or not, we lose sight of what’s reality. We try to force things to happen to change our emotions, coming up with thoughts or ideas based on those emotions, chasing experiences for a temporary high, trying to change someone’s perspective because it doesn’t align with yours, or being ungrateful for everything even though you have so much to be grateful for. But if you step back and accept things as they are without labeling them, you live a much more peaceful and joyful life. I can go on and on about this, it’s a whole other blog post. In short, just experience life, people, situations as they are, and don’t get caught up in your thoughts and labels. A lot of times, the thoughts and labels are not true!

5. Health first and foremost

Health has been my main focus for the past couple of years. I chose to stop eating meat over 3 years ago, I spend a lot of time researching and trying plant based medicines and supplements, I only drink reverse osmosis water or spring water, and I’m very careful with the ingredients in everything I consume. I do everything I can to be emotionally balanced with meditation and spending time in nature. With all of that, I hardly ever get sick other than maybe a cold once a year that only last a couple of days. Health should be everyone’s top priority. It is not worth it to eat cheap food or burn yourself out with work if you end up getting really sick, and with getting sick, you lose time doing what you want, living your life to the fullest, and being with the people you care about. So take care of yourselves because your body is a gift.

I’m probably forgetting to write about other things, but these are the ones that really gave me an impact. On a lighter note, here are some highlights of 2019!

Saw Eckhart Tolle live, in person!
I discovered a fondness for cats!
I witnessed my best friends get married in Charleston, South Carolina. Played music with my Bodhi Rock fam for their reception too!
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Began a new recording project with my SolRising brothers
Played in Palm Springs with my business venture, Boogie Agenda!
Ate A LOT of ramen
Held a holiday party with friends, new and old

Despite the things I labeled as “discomforts” (lol), I had so much fun last year. It was much needed and I feel much wiser, stronger, and braver than ever. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got something out of it! I try not to rant about nonsense, I genuinely love to share my experiences with everyone.

For me, 2020 is about overcoming all fears and just being badass at everything I do. 😉

May the new year bring you all peace, love, health and abundance!

Much Love,

Joan

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