Looking Ahead

Over the last few weeks I found myself reflecting on the past year and realizing how much has changed. 2017 was a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m starting to think that’s just how life is. Unexpected—despite your best efforts to make any form of a plan.

When I look back on this year, I realize I did things, and experienced a lot of emotions with it all.

  • I quit my first full-time job. I found a better full-time job. I moved continents.
  • There were times of celebration with weddings, birthdays, and new babies.
  • There were times of sadness when I lost loved ones and attended funerals.
  • I learned to give up some of my independence and to accept help from others.
  • If you ask nicely and promise enough food, your friends in France will come to your Thanksgiving dinner even once you explain the holiday’s questionable origins.
  • I travelled more than I ever imagined I would in one year, taking 11 flights.

As cliche as it is, if you would have summarized the contents of 2017 for this time last year, I probably wouldn’t believe you. But I’m sure we all think that way each year (politics aside). And I’ll probably have the thought next year.

A friend reminded me recently that there are always reasons not to do something. And it will almost never be the right time. Do it anyway.

“I’m saying you have to go for what you want because there’s always going to be something holding you back so just do it. My lesson of the year I learned from you.”

I’m not saying be reckless, make wise decisions, but make them. I always say that inaction is a decision of itself. I don’t like inaction. I like to do. So I quit, I moved, I enjoyed, I cried, I sent gifts, I called friends, I got on planes more than necessary, but I did it all because I wanted to. Of course there are other factors that bless me with the right circumstances to live the life that I live. Either way, you can still live the life you want.

As 2018 approaches, I think about what I want to get out of this year ahead and the mindset I want to start the year with. I’m not one for resolutions, but I do want to continue pushing myself ahead in many ways and create a routine that fosters positivity and wellness. I’ve been challenging myself to keep learning new things and want to make this something I do everyday.

Your resolutions can be anything you want. And yes, you don’t “have” to create one, but I’d like to challenge you to reflect on this year and find one thing you didn’t do or would like to improve. Maybe it’s having more patience (that’s me) or flossing your teeth (you know who you are). It could be a bigger goal, like going back to school or going after a promotion. Make 2018 about what YOU want. Don’t think about what could be in the way, just do it.

Happy New Year.

And as my late great-grandmother would say, “God Bless.”


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