2017: A Year in Review

The first of the year is always a fresh start; a clean slate to start over and try something new. Whether it be to start that project you’ve always wanted to do, looking for the dream job you’ve always wanted, travelling to somewhere new and exciting or just re-evaluating your health and/or relationships. No matter what the task at hand is, January 1st is a special day that’s full of endless hope and possibility. I wish nothing but the best for everyone in my life (and those who chose to leave it) in 2018. May you get everything you wish for, everything you work for and receive all the love and kindness – because let’s face it, the world sucks and we always need more love.

As we grow older,  it seems as if time speeds up and days and weeks disappear in a flash. I find now that we’re getting older and finding our our place in the world, it’s when you begin to cherish the special moments  that make up your life. Whether it be a new adventure you finally went on, or spending time with those who are important in your life, things start to matter more. It’s also a time when you begin to come to terms with who you are as a person and what you are capable of. And while I myself still have a lot of figuring out to do, I learned a lot about myself and others in 2017.

2017 in a list:

  • Turned 31.
  • Started up with writing my novel again.
  • Travelled to California and spent ten days in the sun exploring Disneyland and Los Angeles, enjoying every moment with my west coast family.
  • Went to an endless amount of concerts (my favourite!).
  • Gained confidence in my cake, and cookie making skills.
  • Lost a battle (again) with the gym. I WILL CONQUER IT EVENTUALLY.
  • Became a Godmother to the best little girl who never fails to make me smile.
  • Watched my friends go through the worst tragedy imaginable and still come out with a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts.
  • Adopted a pupper who’s had a tough start to life – first as a rescue from the Korean dog meat market, and then from an owner surrendering him.
  • Learned who my true friends are.

 

2018 in a list:

  • More concerts to make memories at, starting with: Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran and Boots and Hearts. I’m certain there will be many more.
  • A trip back to Florida to spend time with my good friend and have some fun in the happiest place on earth.
  • Continuing to write (and hopefully finish) my novel.
  • Spend more time with those who count the most.
  • Open up an Etsy shop.
  • Getting on track to bettering my health – sticking to healthier food, less takeout, going to the gym even when it’s cold as balls outside, and taking my vitamins.
  • Write in my “One Line a Day” journal to keep tabs of all the good things happening in my life.

 

In a nutshell, there were good times and bad times in 2017, and I have no doubt that 2018 will be the same.  We can never predetermine how our lives are going to go. We can only take what comes at us with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts that things will get better. So whether you started your year on a good note or a sad one, be thankful for what you have, and remember you always have the support you need – you just have to ask. If I don’t talk to you much, or haven’t seen you in awhile, please note you’re always with me. Every single person I know is beautiful on the inside and out and I am thankful that you’re all in my life, even if it’s from afar.

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