Reflections at 39: 15 Profound Lessons from a Decade of Growth

Business Growth, Life + Musings

Yesterday marked my 39th birthday, a milestone that compelled me to pause and reflect on the wisdom I’ve gained over the past 10 years. Life’s experiences have a way of shaping us, the saying “what doesn’t break us only makes us stronger” definitely rings true, imparting valuable lessons that propel us forward on our journey. In this blog post, I want to share with you 15 profound lessons I’ve learned, hoping that they resonate with you and inspire your own reflections on personal growth:

1 – Stand in Your Truth and Embrace Integrity:
Amidst life’s chaos, remember the significance of remaining true to yourself and holding onto your integrity. It serves as an anchor during turbulent times and empowers you to navigate the challenges with resilience and authenticity.

2 – Self-Care is Essential:
As a mother, prioritising self-care may seem selfish at times, but it is a vital aspect of maintaining your overall well-being. By nurturing yourself, you ensure that you can show up fully for the ones you love the most.

3 – Embrace the Present Moment:
In a world teeming with distractions, it’s crucial to put down our phones and embrace the beauty of the present moment. Cherish each experience, for life passes by swiftly, and if we blink, we may miss its fleeting wonders.

4 – Embrace Failure as a Learning Opportunity:
Failure is an inevitable part of life’s journey, but it is through these setbacks that we gain valuable insights and grow stronger. Embrace failures as learning opportunities, recognising that they pave the way for eventual success.

5 – Cherish Family Above All:
Family holds a sacred place in our lives. Nurture and cherish those relationships, for they provide us with unconditional love, support, and a sense of belonging.

6 – Express Love Freely:
Never underestimate the power of affectionate words and gestures. Shower your children with love, kisses, and heartfelt expressions of adoration. These moments create lasting bonds and strengthen family connections.

7 – Prioritise Intimacy in Relationships:
Intimacy, both emotional and physical, is a vital component of a thriving relationship. Cultivate a deep connection with your partner, as it forms the foundation for enduring love and understanding.

8 – Embrace Discomfort for Personal Growth:
Stepping outside your comfort zone is where growth resides. Embrace discomfort, challenge your limits, and embark on new experiences. It is through these moments of growth that you discover your true potential.

9 – Progress Over Perfection:
Perfectionism can hinder progress and stifle creativity. Embrace the mantra of “done is better than perfect” and take action. It’s in the pursuit of completion that we learn, improve, and make a tangible impact.

10 – Motherhood’s Challenges and Fulfilment:
Motherhood is an incredible journey, filled with challenges and immeasurable rewards. Embrace its ups and downs, for it is one of the most fulfilling roles we undertake in this lifetime.

11 – Trust Your Intuition:
Your intuition is a guiding force, an inner compass that knows what’s right for you. Learn to trust it implicitly, as it will lead you in the right direction with remarkable accuracy.

12 – Take Control of Your Thoughts and Feelings:
Life presents us with various circumstances, but we have complete control over our thoughts and emotions. Reject the role of a victim, rise above challenges, and keep moving forward with resilience and determination.

13 – Relationships and Lessons:
People enter our lives for a reason, and sometimes they also leave. Even when friendships dissolve, remember that no relationship is wasted. Each connection teaches us valuable lessons, contributing to our personal growth and understanding.

14 – Believe in Yourself:
You are your greatest ally and advocate. Bet on yourself and your abilities, for if you don’t, how can you expect others to do the same? Embrace your unique qualities, talents, and dreams, and pursue them with unwavering belief.

15 – Free Yourself from the Fear of Judgment: The fear of what others might think can be a stifling prison that holds us back from true self-expression. Break free from this fear, embrace your inner rebel, and become a trailblazer and leader in your own right.

What have you learnt in the past 10 years? I’d love to hear more about the wisdom you’ve gathered. Share your thoughts in the comments.


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I’m Emma

Emma O'Connell is an Online Business Manager and Business Strategist. She helps solopreneurs become soul-led CEOs, by implementing the right strategy, systems and support, so they can get back to making an impact. She firmly believes in working smarter not harder, setting yourself up for success and spending more time with the people that matter most.

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