Looking back at 2017, I can’t entirely share the sentiment of others that it’s been a terrible year. Absolutely, it’s been a year of difficult losses and tremendous downs in the world, I will not discount that. However, it has also been a time of growth, of change (Legalization of Gay Marriage in Australia), of accomplishments (Yay, Jacinda!) and coming together (#MeToo).
I’ve started and stopped writing this blog a few times. It’s more personal in nature, and less about travel, which I’ve really enjoyed sharing with you all, but I’ve been reflecting on the last year and what it has meant for me.
I’ve learned so much about myself this year. I’ve learned about boundaries, limits, the things that truly make me happy.
I learned the hard way who my real friends are.
I’ve learned who to keep in my life and who to let slip out.
I’ve learned to let go of things I can’t control.
I learned about bullies. Something I never thought I’d deal with in my adult years. I learned that drama follows you if you let it, and #sorrynotsorry but I don’t have room for that in my life.
Those things are not easy lessons and while I still have a lot of learning to do, I’m so grateful for the progress I’ve made. I’m so grateful for the amazing and positive people I have in my life. If I can offer one piece of advice it is: Keep the people that lift you up in your life. Let go of those that drag you down, or at the very least set boundaries.
2017 offered me an incredible year. While I’m not a fan of the word “blessed” (#blessed) I was given all sorts of blessings, including wonderful times with my family and Beto’s family, travel for New Years in New York, trips to Chicago, Seattle, and two amazing months in Mexico. I have been so fortunate to have spent this last year with Beto, and it’s a pretty amazing feeling to find that person who wants to spend their life with you as much as you want to spend yours with them.
So, Adiós 2017. You’ve been swell. Thank you for the lessons and for all of the wonderful things I was able to experience.
Hello, 2018. I’m ready for you and for all of the amazing things you will bring. I can’t wait to see what is in store.