The last day of the year is often a day of reflection for many, and I am no different. While I try to be reflective often, it is amplified on December 31st. Usually I am so excited to usher in the New Year, and while I am very curious to see what 2018 holds, I am also extremely sad to say goodbye to 2017. This year has been one of the absolute best for me, and I kind of wish I could have a few more months of it. That I could bottle it up. Turn it into a keepsake. Frame it. Now I am not naive enough to think that when the clock strikes midnight, in a few short hours, everything will suddenly change, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a bit sad about it not being 2017 for much longer.
For me this year was full of happiness. Not just spurts or sporadic moments. But when I think of the year holistically I find myself smiling. There is not one defining day when I had a grand epiphany and everything just “clicked,” but instead there were several small moments throughout the year that were nothing short of amazing.
I turned 30 and crossed this transformative threshold that I’d heard so much about from others. It was a supreme realization, almost overnight, that I don’t have to have every. little. detail. of my life figured out. *Huge sigh of relief* Because anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a bit of a perfectionist. A slight control freak. An, “I’ll just do it myself to make sure it’s done right…” type of girl. But over the last six months, I’ve taken a step back; and, it’s been nice. Things will work themselves out. One way or another, they will.
This year was full of so many noteworthy moments, that I could not possibly name them all. But an overall takeaway would be: It’s all about perspective. Everyday there is something to be thankful for/appreciative of/smile about in life. Of course, going to Paris was an absolute dream come true, and it is the standout of the year for me. If you missed that post, here’s the link.
Also, I started this blog. Something that I’ve really been wanting to do for years, but never had the courage to carry out. It’s difficult to put your thoughts and musings out for anyone to read, but it has been such a great journey for me. Thank you for reading!
And I could go on and on. But I suppose the real purpose of this post is to just try and find the good in life, when you can. I am by no means always happy or smiling. I have bad days. Sometimes 3 or 4 in a row. And I’m actually a very observant and reserved person-but I did truly seek joy this year, and I found it in more places than one.
2017 wasn’t without its challenges and setbacks, disappointments, and frustrations, but even those situations brought me insight, perspective, and meaning. I focused on the good and learned from the bad.
As this year literally comes to an end, I can truly say this was the year of family, faith, friendships, love, and dreams becoming a reality. So, you can see why I am a bit sad to say goodbye to 2017. But I am curiously optimistic about what is coming my way in 2018.
Be sure to let me know about your 2017 and goals for 2018!
Cheers & Happy New Year!