Happy New Year Everyone! I cannot believe it is already 2018. How crazy was 2017? I think a lot of people have mixed feelings about 2017. Right off the bat, I can let you know that 2017 was not my favourite year. In fact, if I am being honest, I absolutely hated the year 2017. On New Year’s Eve, I spent a good portion of my time considering what I did not like about the year (and trust me there were a lot of things) until my sister asked me quite a simple question.
“What was your favourite memory of 2017?”
I had to pause for a moment because I was armed with an arsenal of response related to what I didn’t like about 2017, but nothing about what I did like. And so I decided to write a post about it – 2017: A Year In Review. I realize that lamenting the “tragedies” of 2017 was only going to set me up for a poor 2018. I need to change the narrative in my head and recognize all the amazing experiences instead.
And so without further ado, I introduce you to my 2017: A Year In Review.
It is very easy to immediately assess the things you do not have, compare your experiences to other people’s experiences and dwell in the melancholy of missed opportunities. I want to start off 2018 right by reviewing all the awesome things that happened to me in 2017. Below I have listed a few of these accomplishments – and I must say I am quite proud of myself!
Although 2016 presented more adventure and new beginnings, I think that 2017 reflected a more subdued reality. In 2016, I became a recent graduate, struggled to find a “real” job, met new people and had an amazing adventure in Europe. However, in 2017 reality began to set in. I experienced more trials and tribulations that tested the limits of my faith and positivity. Nevertheless, my proudest accomplishment of 2017 is by far my blog.
Thousand Caminos has been hand carved by me. The copious amounts of hours spent trying to code the website to perfection, the carefully crafted photos, and the delectable recipes have all been my saving grace for the year 2017.
I started off the blog with the goal of continuing this journey for a year. I am about 4 months shy of that accomplishment. As I look back at all my posts, I definitely see major improvement. But more importantly, I see growth. Thousand Caminos is a reflection of the growth I have experience in 2017.
I have an infinite amount of hope for 2018. This may be a folly of my personality. I am incredibly positive minded – although that also means that I can be easily disillusioned. However, despite everything, I still dust off my rose-tinted glasses. As I look towards 2018, I set up 5 mantras I want to implement moving forward into 2018.
My sister, of course, thinks these mantras are foolish. “These aren’t even S.M.A.R.T Goals…” *cue eye roll* However, I like to see these as mantras. They resonate with me very deeply. The hard part will be implementing them. Overall, the main theme behind all 5 mantras consists of pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
In the end, I am not sure what 2018 has in store for me. I am excited and hesitant at the same time. I am trying this thing where I keep my expectations low so that I do not get as disappointed when things do not go my way. In addition, I am also trying to go with the flow and ease off on trying to micromanage every area of my life.
Ultimately as we say goodbye to 2017, there are a few things I know I am truly thankful for. I am thankful for the people who have been there for me. The people who have supported my every whim and fancy. Those who have pushed me to excel and succeed in all my endeavours. The people in my life who have told me to keep my chin up and to have faith. Those who continued to fight for me.
Finally, I want to thank the people who have loved me with every fiber of their being – despite how difficult I am to love at times. I am sorry if I ever let those people down or broke their hearts. I want those people to know I love them very much, more than words can express.
In ending the year, I want to leave you all with an absolute favourite quote of mine. A quote that I try to remind myself of when things going gets tough.