My Year In Review 2017

My Year In Review 2017

Kissing 2017 Goodbye

It’s really astounding that the holiday season is over already. Christmas has come and gone! I feel like I didn’t have enough time this year to fully enjoy it all. I was only able to make one batch of cookies, and I didn’t do nearly as much shopping as I had hoped to do. I am glad, though, that I was able to get to New York City and do some of the typical touristy Christmas stuff. While the holiday season seemed to go by extremely quickly, I feel like this year as a whole went by in the blink of an eye.

As I get older, I feel like school days, work days, and days off all go by at the same rapid speed. It’s crazy to think that we’re almost in 2018!  Since these are the last few days of the year, I wanted to kind of review my 2017. It was a wild ride, but I survived. I want to look back at all the good times and even the bad. You, my Dolls, have been with me through it all this year, whether you realize it or not. All the posts I wrote this year happened during specific experiences in my life. They’re all very meaningful to me. I’m glad you were here with me through them.

If you’re anything like me, you had a crazy 2017 too. You may regret some of the things you did, are still sad about how things ended or are completely happy with the way everything turned out. Even though I did have my pitfalls, my downfalls, and other mishaps I really am happy with the end result of my year.

This year was a very different for me than years in the past. I feel like I kind of broke out of my shell a lot more. I did things outside of my comfort zone. I had a lot of different experiences that I hadn’t had before that had an influence on who I am as a person right now. I had some good experiences and some pretty bad ones, but I still wouldn’t have had it any other way.
2017 taught me a lot. I learned how to deal with heartbreaks, friendship breakups, falling out of love, and falling into it with someone new. If you know me well enough by now, you know that I try to see everything in a positive light.
My 2017 started off with a little bit of heartbreak. The longest relationship I have had so far (a little over a year) ended. I didn’t let that determine the type of year that I was going to have. I surprised myself. I picked myself up awfully quickly, much quicker than I had thought I would be able to. I guess it really is true that we’re stronger than we think we are. It didn’t take me long to realize that heartbreak and other things are merely a cycle. It may be painful and it may hurt in the moment, but we will get through it. And, I did get through it.
This year, I lost a lot of people from my life that I thought would be here forever. It is upsetting even now to think that they’re not my life anymore. Of course, it all ended the way it was supposed to. I still am a firm believer in that that people come into your life to serve a specific purpose. Sometimes the purpose is fulfilled and that person has to leave. My 2017 was filled with wonderful memories with a lot of people. I look back at who’s not here anymore with teary eyes sometimes. Sometimes, I miss the person. Sometimes, I merely miss the things we did together. I realize now that it was natural for us to go our separate ways. I still stand strong on my feeling that everything happens for reason. Those people were part of my life for a purpose, and I don’t regret any of the moments I got to share with them.
Though I may have lost some people in my life, I gained a lot of people too. Some of these people were always there my life and our bond was strengthened this year. Some other people I have been lucky enough to meet this year. The people who were in my life this year have kept me strong and helped me through all my pitfalls, downfalls, and heartbreaks this year. They’ve helped me look forward into the future and not dwell too much in the past. I really am grateful for them.  2017 would’ve been very different if they weren’t here.
One thing I learned this year is how to deal with the fact that people aren’t meant to be your life forever. It is a sad fact but knowing that some people are just there to serve a purpose is more comforting when the time comes for them to leave. I’ve learned that nothing lasts forever so we should so we should cherish every one and everything we have at the moment.
 I’m happy with the way everything worked out this year. Not only am I happy about the people I gained but also about all of the things I was lucky enough to experience. I had a great year at work this year. I was able to learn more and get more involved in my company. Doing those things makes me really excited about the future of my career. I also started grad school this semester, while still completing my undergrad courses.  My life has been crazy busy this year. At some points, I felt like I didn’t have time to catch my breath. I realized, though, that I thrive on that type of feeling. I love constantly having something to do and being able to work hard to get to where I want to go.
Don’t worry. My 2017 wasn’t all work. I learned how to rightly balance work and play. While working and going to school, I was able to go out and socialize. I made the time to meet new people and to enjoy being young. I feel like I’m finally really living, and I am really grateful for that.
Looking back on last year gets me really excited for this year. I can’t wait to see what opportunities will arise and what experiences I will have. I also can’t wait to learn new things, not only in school and at my job but also in life. Life lessons have always made me a stronger, more perceptive person, another thing I’m grateful for.
We can’t be sure what next year holds. Remember to always keep your head up and think positively to be able live happily. Embrace all bad experiences in the new year head-on. Remember you’re stronger than you think.
When the clock strikes midnight into 2018, raise a glass, and put a smile on your face that will last you all 365 days.
Happy 2018, my Dolls!
Read my favorite post from 2017, “Real Talk: My Vegetarianism.”
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10 thoughts on “My Year In Review 2017

  1. Janice says:

    You have to know when to let go of things that doesn’t serve you anymore! I’m a firm believer of that. Yes things happen for a reason, in-brace it.


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