Niyu’s lessons from 2020 – Abhi and Niyu

I usually feel very blue on new years, but this one is special. I now have over 1.5 million of you to celebrate it with.

2020 was a challenging and a confusing year but I end it feeling very determined, excited and at peace. Here are some of my top learnings from the year that was.

  1. Be Assertive

This doesn’t mean only being assertive towards others. But know what you want, visualize it, and own it. That doesn’t mean being rude to people. But having your voice matters.

  1. Don’t let critics determine who you are

To say we didn’t get hate would be lying. We did. And for the most part, I let that hate get to me. I wasted my time being wrapped up in that criticism and thinking less of myself. Suddenly, one day, I realized people calling us names doesn’t mean we ARE those things. Let go of criticism. Let go of hate, especially. Or else it’ll consume you.

  1. Start taking ownership of your life

Whether it was me taking control of my periods and using a cup, getting the confidence to suggest topics to Abhi, having the best birthday where I decided everything I wanted to do, this year has taught me a lot. Often times, we let circumstances take control of us and then let our disappointments and emotions hold us back even further. Take control of your life. There is no one else to compare. It is you and only you.

  1. Stay true to yourself

We’re in a world where social media grandeur takes precedence over how life normally is. These comparisons can mess with your head. Own who you are as a person. There’s no filter in real life, so let’s fall in love with the person looking back in the mirror. I know I’ve tried a lot this year, and it feels so good.

  1. Know that You are Enough.

Many of us end up feeling this deep sense that we are not enough. We’re not good enough for anything. This self sabotage cycle can get draining. If this affirmation doesn’t seem real, keep writing it. It will become real. You are enough.

Thank you for everything! Wishing you a very happy new year ❤️

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