First and foremost, I hope everyone has had a fantastic and relaxing holiday season with friends and family! It’s been about a week since my last post due to lots of travel and festivities in between. Reconnecting with old friends from high school and then having some downtime with my family and dogs was just what I needed as 2017 makes it’s final decent and we land in 2018. (Speaking in airplane as I’ve been on five flights in the past week) Anyway, all the downtime has been fantastic and I’ve got a really clear head when it comes to how this year played out and how I want to start 2018.
A year of self improvement and realization. If you’ve been following along here or know me personally, you’ll know that this year I’ve been focusing on improving myself, in hopes of improving the world around me. I made a career change in the fall, a decision I didn’t take lightly, but knew I needed to make in order to, in all honesty, get my life back. I’ve always believed and assumed everyone should be on the traditional career path out of school but after being in this new place, of uncertainty and unhappiness, I’ve been served a healthy dose of reality. I’ve realized how difficult it is to find EXACTLY what you want to do, and if it’s not in the traditional sense or timeline, than so be it. The uphill climb to your dream job isn’t going to be accomplished by your 24th birthday, and I’m okay with that now.
With time for my passions back on the table, I’ve been so grateful to have this blog as a creative outlet. Both friends and new followers alike continue to support my writing, photos and all other endeavors. I know it’s a crowded market, and I’m sure seeing my face every few days on Instagram can get old, (imagine, I see this face everyday, I understand) but for everyone who reads and follows along with me, thank you!
I’m taking this time to think about how to carry out these practices that I began using this year, and how to implement them into the new year. I just started reading a new book and it’s all about being vulnerable and leaning into change. Literally, I’m only a chapter in and this book GETS IT! I know that my gut instinct is to embrace my strengths and hide from my weaknesses, but 2018 is as good a time as any to start embracing everything.
I’ll be sharing my 2018 resolutions here shortly (as all good bloggers do) and encourage everyone to not only think about what they want to do next year, but to congratulate yourself for what you did this year! A little pat on the back for
surviving what you accomplished in 2017 never hurt anyone!
See you soon, 2018!
Photo by: Jenny Connors