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  • Writer's pictureKristyl Neho

Lessons Learned in 2023: Prioritizing God, Myself, My Daughter, Self-Care and Boundaries

As I reflect on the past year, it's essential to acknowledge the valuable lessons we've learned. In 2023, I discovered the importance of putting God first, myself, prioritizing my daughter's well-being, seeking inner peace, and setting boundaries with those who have access to me. These lessons have had a profound impact on my personal growth and overall happiness.

1. God Comes First, Period:

In this crazy world full of distractions and competing priorities, it's so easy to lose sight of what truly matters. But let me tell you, when I made God my number one priority, everything changed. I found guidance, strength, and a sense of purpose. I started seeking His will in every aspect of my life, trusting that He would lead me down the right path.

1. Putting Myself First:

In a world that often glorifies selflessness, I learned that prioritizing self-care is not selfish but necessary. By taking care of my physical, mental, and emotional well-being, I became a better parent, partner, and friend. I realized that when I invest in myself, I have more energy, patience, and love to give to others. Putting myself first allowed me to recharge, set boundaries, and pursue my passions, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling life.

2. Putting My Daughter First:

While it may seem contradictory to prioritize oneself and one's child simultaneously, I discovered that these two concepts are interconnected. By taking care of my own needs, I became a more present and attentive parent to my daughter. I learned to listen to her, understand her needs, and create a nurturing environment for her growth. Putting my daughter first meant making choices that aligned with her well-being, even if they required sacrifices on my part.

3. Prioritizing Seeking Peace:

In a fast-paced and chaotic world, seeking inner peace became a priority for me in 2023. I realized that peace is not something external that we stumble upon; it is a state of mind we cultivate within ourselves. I learned to let go of things beyond my control, practice mindfulness, and engage in activities that brought me joy and tranquility. Prioritizing peace allowed me to navigate challenges with a calmer mindset and find solace amidst the chaos.

4. Limiting Access to Me:

In a digitally connected era, it became crucial for me to set boundaries and limit who has access to me. I recognized that not everyone deserves a place in my life or access to my energy. I learned to evaluate relationships and prioritize those that uplifted and supported me. By setting boundaries, I protected my mental and emotional well-being, ensuring that my energy was invested in meaningful connections and endeavors.

The lessons I learned in 2023 about putting myself first, prioritizing my daughter's well-being, seeking inner peace, and setting boundaries have transformed my life. I discovered that self-care is not selfish but essential for personal growth and happiness. By putting my daughter first, I became a better parent. Prioritizing peace allowed me to navigate challenges with grace, and setting boundaries protected my energy and well-being. As we move forward, let's remember the importance of these lessons and continue to prioritize ourselves, our loved ones, and our peace of mind. 

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