|| CHOOSE WISELY ||

A huge lesson for me this past year was in finding and choosing the right tribe. What I've learned so far: you won't find your tribe unless you put yourself out there where like-minded people gather to socialize; do something different and engage with strangers, even when you might normally feel uncomfortable doing so. Surround yourself with people who inspire you; energy and passion are contagious. Put your damn phone away and really listen; a huge part of communicating happens in the nuances of intonation and body language. Ask questions, lots of questions; the more questions you ask, the more opportunity you have to learn. Share your biggest dreams and ideas for the future; you never know who might step up to help you achieve them. Be vulnerable, raw and honest; some people might be scared away by the discomfort, but those aren't the people you need in your life anyway. Don't compare yourself to those you look up to; even if you feel like you're in different stages of life, teachings come in all shapes and forms. Express gratitude as often as possible; a simple 'thank you' can go a long way. If you wouldn't want to trade places with a person, listen respectfully, but take their advice with a grain of salt. Limit your time with anyone who doesn't support you, love you, or make you laugh; life is short and you deserve to be happy.