Ep. 172: Aimee J. – 5 Lessons 2018 Taught Me

As we approach the end of 2018, have you spent any time reflecting on your year? On this, the last episode of the year, we’re spending some time reflecting on 2018, which was filled with the loss of many wonderful people. As much as we look back, though, it’s also a time to look forward to what’s coming up in 2019.

Some good things about 2018

What moves have you made in 2018? One thing I did was to move back to Baltimore, allowing me to be closer to my family, which is a good thing. I’ve also found a work-life balance that works for me. I took a trip to India and truly learned how to relax and be “in the moment”—and unplug. I had several nieces and cousins get married this year. Concerning the podcast, we hit 150 episodes this year and exceeded 150,000 downloads, which is utterly amazing! As we look ahead, think about the next phase for you and how you can improve.

TWEET: “Life is figuring out who you are—and owning it.” #chasingdreams

My top five lessons learned in 2018

What lessons have you learned this year? I want to share my Top Five, starting with #5: Get help. You don’t have to do it all yourself. People are ready and willing to help. #4: Find your voice and your vision. The world needs YOU and your uniqueness. #3: Embrace your fears. For me, it’s my fear of heights, so I have plans in place to face that fear in 2019. #2: Prioritize mental health. Negative influences can affect your life in bad ways. #1: YOU are what’s important. Each person is unique, distinct, and important.

TWEET: “Don’t let fear hold you back from your greatness.” #chasingdreams

Find YOUR value

Do you know how you affect the people around you? As a twin, I had to learn that no one person is more important than another, no matter what your status in life. Your light that shines out has an effect on all the people around you. Your story has a ripple effect that you don’t even realize. Don’t be the person your parents want you to be, but live YOUR life and be true to that.

TWEET: “I truly learned how to relax and vacation this year.” #chasingdreams


  • [1:00] Reflecting on the past year and some of the tough losses
  • [3:05] Amazing things from 2018
  • [5:28] Learning how to relax
  • [9:32] Embracing new things with clarity
  • [11:40] Lessons learned, beginning with Get help
  • [16:04] Find YOUR voice
  • [18:34] Embrace your fears
  • [23:55] The importance of mental health
  • [33:34] YOU are what’s important


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TWEET: “I learned to truly savor and enjoy the moment I was in.” #chasingdreams

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