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The Lessons of 2017

Is it too late to write a post about the lessons learned in 2017?

Well, since not ten days of 2018 had passed yet I guess I’m still on time. As an excuse, I can argue that the holidays are the busiest season for mums (not counting vacation prepping, or first day at school). I’ve been busy wrapping, cooking, doing Santa’s job, enjoying friends and family gatherings, and (sadly) eating A LOT of food cooked by both me and other mums and dads. By the time I was getting enough sleep again, it was already January, and I was busy with my resolution to start this blog yes or yes.

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas y my favorite holiday, with the decorations, and the presents and the food. My God, the food!. Especially chocolate. But I have to admit that what I love the most is the very few, precious moments of silence and contemplation a get between getting the kids to bed and cleaning up the kitchen. The chilly air is filled with colored, twinkly lights and a slight smell of cinnamon, pine, and spice.

And of course, there’s the feeling of the closure of a cycle, one more turn around the sun. The beginning of a year is an illusion, a social convention, a way to count the uncountable: time. Nevertheless, the calendar is a reflection of our limited existence and therefore, a reminder that we’re in this life just passing by. It’s also a beautiful reminder that, no matter what, we can start over again and again. The blank page of a promising future gives us hope in ourselves, in our capacity to take control of our lives and make them better.

That’s why looking back for lessons learned is so important. So don’t we make the same mistakes again, or make them aware of the consequences they will bring. Lessons make us grow and, (spoiler alert for Star Wars The Last Jedi) as Yoda said: “the greatest teacher, failure is.”

So this is my list of lessons for 2017. Feel free to share, if you think they’re worth it.

1.    People come to your life with a purpose. Once that purpose is fulfilled they may leave, or they may stay, and anyway is ok.

2.    Your cells have memory, and those can create blocks you don’t know you have (promise I’ll explain in a future post).

3.    Abundance comes from sharing your gifts, not the other way around.

4.    God supports you once you make up your mind and have a clear intention.

5.    Your mind is way more powerful than you think.

6.    Your mind is way more stupid than you think.

7.    The first step towards change is will.

8.    Sometimes a few steps back give you the impulse needed to move forward.

9.    New friends come from the most unexpected places.

10.  Never feel ashamed of your rare gifts.  

Paula Acuña

My name is Paula Acuna. 

I'm a creative, author, speaker, marketer and life coach. I'm a passionate for self-development. 

I was once like you: overwhelmed and trapped by anxiety. Until I committed to change. 

I believe we have the power and the ability to create a life of our own design. We can find balance, joy, and enthusiasm in today's over-demanding, stressful world. 

We can have it all: health, abundance, career, fulfilling relationships. All we need is a plan, a strategy based in our gifts, talents and possibilities. 

I'm here to help you create it. I'm here to help you be PURA VIDA.