10 Lessons Learned in 2013

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2013 Lessons

It has been a while since I published a post.  I made changes to the site and still have things I need to do.  I took a much needed break from blogging and I do feel good.

I consulted with John Aguiar about my blog and he steered me in the right direction.  I am pleased with the new direction.  I look forward to a rewarding 2014.

I took the time to reflect on 2013 and decided to share with you lessons I learned in 2013.  The lessons I learned in 2013 cover many areas (diet, fitness, blogging, family, friends, and life).

Lessons from 2013

#1  Plant-Based Diet Lesson

Just because someone eats a certain type of plant-based diet and it works for them, doesn’t mean that specific plant-based diet will work for you.  Find what works for you and stick with it.

#2  Follow Through with Fitness Lesson

Don’t stop exercising because you think your body is fine and doesn’t need it.  Exercising and staying fit is more than just having an awesome body, it’s about being happy in the skin that you’re in (mentally, spiritually and physically).

#3  Website Ranking Lesson

Don’t give up or stop blogging because your ranking falls.  Find the root of the problem, correct it, learn from it and move on.  If that means hiring someone to assist you, then so be it.  Do what you have to do to make your passion work for you.

#4 Quality Posts Trump Quantity Posts Lesson

Don’t feel that you are obligated to publish posts on your site by accepting guest posts from anyone to fill the void.  If you are too busy to write a post, then do it when you can and don’t feel guilty about it.

#5  Following the Crowd Lesson

Don’t ever feel like you have to do what you see other people doing to fit in.  Do what works best for you, even if what you do is unpopular.  Stay true to your core and you will never go wrong.

#6  Support Those Who Support You Lesson

It is not selfish; it’s called doing what’s right.  If someone supports you and is in your corner, do the same for them.  If you don’t receive support from those you support, then it is time to let them go.

#7  Keep Your Mouth Shut When Needed Lesson

Everyone has an opinion about everything, but sometimes, it is best to keep your mouth shut and listen.  Listening to the person helps you hear what the person is saying and it helps you understand the other person’s point of view.  Even if you don’t agree, you will understand the other person better.

#8  Follow Your Passion No Matter What Lesson

Don’t let others talk you out of your passion.  You can do whatever you set your mind to do.  The person may not understand why you are going one direction, but no matter what the naysayers say, you follow your passion.  Eventually the naysayers will stop being naysayers and support you.

#9  Family and Good Friends Lesson

Family and good friends may not understand why you do what you do or believe the way you believe, but they don’t judge you for it or stop being in your life because of the differences.

You don’t need family and good friends in your life who stop having a relationship with you because of a disagreement or misunderstanding.  Relationships like this aren’t worth your time.

#10  Life Won’t Always Be What You Expected Lesson

Understand that life won’t always turn out the way you expect.  Accept, embrace, learn and be of good courage.  Do know that most of the time, when things don’t turn out the way you expected that this can be a blessing in disguise.

Final Words

Lessons help you learn and not repeat the same things over and over.   Learning and moving forward is what makes life an amazing adventure.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Wishing you all the best in 2014.  Go forth and conquer!

Sincerely,

Evelyn

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Aaron says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    I haven’t dropped by in a while.
    Those are some very wise lessons you have shared. And let me say your new responsive web design looks great. It’s not a resolution (I never make them) but I have already started working on my goal of switching to a responsive template for my site.

    Happy new year!

    • Hey Aaron,

      It’s good to see you. I visited your site a few days ago. I’ll re-visit and let you know I stopped by.

      Thank you for the compliment on the site design. I don’t make resolutions either. I’m a goal setter. 🙂

      There are a lot of great responsive themes out there. Check out Theme Forest, they have a lot of nice responsive themes, that’s where I bought mine.

      Have a great 2014!

      • Aaron says:

        I’m glad to hear you paid my site a visit. I hadn’t done much posting in this past year but I’m finally getting back into updating regularly.

        Thanks for letting me know about Theme Forest. I had never heard of it before. So many themes to choose from!!

      • Hey Aaron,

        Make sure you look for responsive themes, because not all themes on Theme Forest are responsive themes. This will narrow down your search some.

        Take care,
        Evelyn

  2. msfullroller says:

    So true Evelyn! Thank you so much for the information you share on your site. Its been a joy and inspiration and looking forward to more. Peace and Blessings to you for 2014.

    • Hey MsFullroller!

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and also for your support. I can’t believe I’ve known you since 2008 and we’ve stayed in touch after all this time. I am truly thankful for connecting and knowing you. 🙂

      Have a great 2014!

  3. Your new site looks beautiful. Very clean, fresh, and inviting. May 2014 bring you all you desire.

  4. Evelyn,

    Hope you have a fantastic 2014 ! Health is our greatest asset and your list of what you learned is an excellent statement about staying true to your passion!

    • Evelyn says:

      Hi Danielle!

      Health is definitely our greatest asset.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      All the best to you in 2014!

      Take care,
      Evelyn

  5. Trinity says:

    I enjoyed this post. These are lessons that really hit home -for me. Thanks for all of your encouragement and motivation throughout the year. Your lifestyle that you share through your blog has made healthy eating a reality in that you are a real down to earth woman who is striving for excellence. This has been so important to me as I pick myself up after enjoying TOO many rich and tasty foods during the holidays. But, I’m reminded of Proverbs 24:16, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” Therefore, as of Sunday, I have risen, and I am once again striving for healthy eating habits! May God continue to bless you in 2014!

    • Hi Trinity!

      So glad you enjoyed the post and I’m so glad you stopped by!!

      As long as you know what you need to do, never be hard on yourself, just keep on moving. You will arrive where you want to be. Never give up!

      I try and I am far from perfect, but like the scripture you share, we “riseth up again”. I love how you keep pressing forward and that’s what matters, most.

      Blessings to you and your family in 2014 and I thank you for being a reader and supporter of my blog. I appreciate you and what you share too!

      All the best,
      Evelyn

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