6 Things I Learned About Myself in 2018—and How I'm Going Into 2019

At the start of 2018, I wrote a mantra for myself:

You will receive beyond your heart's wildest dreams. Trust yourself, put aside self-doubt, and take the first step. Don't watch from the sidelines or talk about it forever. Do it. You are a doer, and you will change lives and fulfill all that you've ever prayed for. Ask yourself constantly: What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?

This year was, well, tough. Life has a funny way of throwing things at you, and you have no choice but to put the pieces together and bounce back. For self-proclaimed perfectionists like me, this is a hard concept to wrap your head around. Prepare as much as you want, but you still can't predict what's coming your way at any given moment. The true test is how you move under pressure. So much pressure was applied to me this year. And I came out stronger. Here's what I learned.