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21 Things We Learned in 2021

This last year has been a doozy. Weddings, engagements, reunions, job changes, businesses starting, businesses ending, births, losses, I mean, every year has its ups and downs yet for some reason this one seems somehow…bigger.

Here at Krystal Jakosky we sat down to chat about what lessons we’re taking away from 2021 and bringing into 2022. I’d like to share a few of these thoughts and sentiments.

  1. How somebody reacts to you expressing your needs is none of your concern.
  2. I can do hard things and I’m stronger than I think. Physically, mentally, AND emotionally)
  3. Inspiration doesn’t always strike when you want it to.
  4. On that note, some days you will accomplish absolutely nothing – and that is absolutely okay.
  5. Self-care is completely, unequivocally, without a doubt essential. Self-care looks different for every single person, so while someone’s self-care of choice could be bubble baths and meditation, yours could look like chopping vegetables or setting boundaries. It really does not matter what it is as long as the intention is there.
  6. There will always be those people. he ones who don’t like your message. The ones who are inappropriate and looking to rile you up. The ones who would rather discredit you than actually be interested in you. In the words of Taylor Swift, ”Haters gonna hate…Shake it off…”  Allow your cheerleaders to drown them out. This reminds me of a favorite quote of mine: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”  – Dita Von Teese
  7. “I’m a little bit better today, than I was yesterday. I love me a little bit more today than I did yesterday, no matter what’s happening on the exterior I can still be loved.”
  8. Making changes can sometimes take a long time and lots of practice. Some programming has been in the works for years and it can take time to rewrite it. Be patient with yourself.
  9. Always have a backup. I’m talking EVERYTHING here. Toilet paper, toothpaste, your favorite snack, chocolate and your hard drive. Seriously. Don’t forget the hard drive.
  10. We all have cycles and patterns in our lives. Recognizing them means we have the power to change the negative ones or ones that no longer serve us.
  11. One of the lessons I’ve personally learned is that it’s easy to teach what I teach, but the challenge is implementing it into my own life. 
  12. You might not be what or where you want to be right now and that’s okay. What matters is that you create a path forward and actually do the work to move forward.
  13. Growing a business happens in its own time and in its own way. You can nurture and nudge it along and yet pushing will only bring you frustration.
  14. Not every relationship is going to work out. You start out with the best intentions and yet staying true to yourself and your values, knowing where you stand, will keep you centered and focused. Some relationships are going to break my heart and I will have to find my way through. 
  15. Even I’m going to forget some of my tools and need to be reminded. I’m going to struggle with change or push too hard for too long and burn out. I’m not going to be OK and that’s perfectly OK.
  16. We’re all human. We can be imperfect. We get to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s all a part of the process.
  17. Some days I’m gonna ugly cry, then take a nap, and feel sooooo much better for it.
  18. Gardening is more work and more rewarding than I ever thought possible.
  19. Puppies, parenting and adulting can feel like being pecked to death by a chicken. Painful with a note of “what the heck is even going on here?!”
  20. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It’s fun to be silly and revert a little into cheeky childlike joy.
  21. Allowing people to be themselves means life is a rainbow. Bright, beautiful, and rare. I’m excited to look for the gold.

We want to know, what lessons have YOU learned in 2021? Please head over to any one of our social channels and share with us!


                                         with love,


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