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Thank you, 2022! — The Lessons This Year Taught Me

Whew! Can y'all believe we are already half way done with DECEMBER? I'm still processing the fact that this year went by so fast. Honestly, I'm not mad. I'm ready for the New Year and for a new title in my book.

It feels so good to be writing today because my blog has always been my safe space. This year has been a roller coaster for me filled with so many lessons and, I can say I'm walking into 2023 wiser and more self-aware.

So far, my twenties have been filled with lessons and most of those lessons have come from my relationships (platonic and romantic). I've been able to learn so much about myself from the people i've surrounded myself with, good and bad; every lesson counts and I make sure to learn from every single one of them. I loss a big part of me at the beginning of this year, my abuela – Catalina Cacho and honestly, her death really changed me.

2022 taught me...

The importance boundaries. What does that even mean? Read the definition below:

As a teenager, I never knew what boundaries were and I grew up thinking it was OKAY to maintain relationships even though they were not great for me. I've always feared loosing people, so I accepted so much just to keep them around and not feel lonely. This year I made sure to enforce my boundaries even with the people I love the most because It's important that I put myself first, always.

This year I let go of people who meant the world to me. And, as a result of that, I learned to appreciate endings as much as I appreciate new beginnings. People are all about experiences and being present in the moments you share together is how you gain peace when it's time to let go. It's okay to outgrow people when you're both moving in different directions in life. Alignment is so important to me.

I also learned to be more intentional with everything; from the people I allow in my space, to the things I create. I believe that when we are being intentional, we are aware of the purpose behind the intention.

Lastly, 2022 taught me the importance of being vulnerable. I realized how guarded I was and the amount of toxic behaviors I was carrying with myself because of my daddy issues + trauma. As a result of that, my romantic relationships were not progressing; I was projecting all of my hurt and resentment I had with my dad to these men. In addition, I started reading so many books about relationships, healing, trauma and self-development. I also became much closer to God and my prayer habits have increased tremendously. All of those habits have helped me more self-aware, wiser and emotionally intelligent.

I like the space I'm in right now. I have made so much progress in my life and I am very grateful for that. The 16 year old me would be so proud. Taking time to work on yourself to become better is not an easy road but it's so rewarding.

I hope this blog post has helped YOU in some way. Tell me, what is one thing 2022 taught you?


Alexa Darling


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