Although it’s been a difficult year for many of us with the pandemic affecting us personally and professionally, you don’t have to feel stuck in life. Use this time to set plans into motion for the future and building the life that you want for yourself.

I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned myself that it’s never to late to do as you think about what you want from your life.

It’s never too late to…

Start over

Pursue a dream

Make amends with anyone

Focus on your professional development

Be kinder to others (and yourself)

Simplify your life

Cut out toxic relationships

Believe in yourself

Move on from past hurts

Create your own version of success

Exercise and take care of yourself

Shift your career entirely

Say yes (or no) more

Break/change your routine

Create and work on your bucket list

✅ Stop comparing yourself to others

✅ Stop believing you don’t deserve happiness

✅ Stop doubting your abilities

✅ Stand up for yourself more

Remember, you can achieve anything to which you put your mind. You have to go after and make the time for the things you want.

For example, I went to graduate school at night while working full time. It took me four years to finish and I was exhausted all the time, but I’m so glad I did it. I also started my own business after many years of people telling me that this is what I was destined to do. And despite the fact that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, it thankfully has been going pretty well.

Perhaps the most important thing I did was to finally set in motion leaving a long-term relationship with a controlling, selfish significant other who did not want the same things from life that I did and who tried to change me into his narrow idea of the perfect partner. I learned the hard way that ignoring red flags in the beginning is a huge mistake. Starting over again was difficult, but staying with someone who didn’t value or cherish me, or share the same values as me, was much worse. 

Every challenge and setback really does make you stronger. You are more resilient than you think. You have the right to be happy. You can do anything you put your mind to. And you certainly can change your mind about what you want along the way.

The path to success and happiness for most individuals is not straightforward – it’s filled with twists and turns along the way.  Just keep going. Trust the process. You will never have to force or fight for what’s meant for you.

My mentor says she lives by one rule. “I want to look in the mirror every morning and be proud of the person I am and what I’ve done – without excuses.” I apply this to everything I do too. Try it and let me know what you think.  

Here’s to the future.