End of Year Reflections + Hello 2018!
I remember the beginning of this year like it was yesterday. I had plans upon plans, goals stacked upon goals, and the perfect Day Designer to map it all out in. Well, unbeknownst to me, life had a very different design.
I can't say that I'm disappointed. 2017 stretched and wrung out my husband and I until we could be pushed no further. It was also, in the first half of the year, still our newlywed phase. The obstacles we endured over the course of the past eighteen months has solidified without a doubt in my mind that Michael and I can withstand anything together as a team.
I've developed as a person. Where I use to worry constantly about most things, I have made a habit of asking myself, "Will this matter in a month? In a year? In five years?" Usually, the answer is no. As I have realized, life is so very precious, and we aren't promised any amount of time, so hug larger, say I love you, eat the dessert, let the small stuff go, and live passionately.
I'm going into 2018 truly a changed woman and at the beginning of this year, I would've never imagined how twelve months could've shifted my perspective and focus. I have, without a doubt, so much to be truly thankful for and humbled by.
With all of that being said, I'm welcoming 2018 with an open heart and open mind; and while I still have plans and goals, I'm going to stay flexible and fluid to accept whatever the year throws my way. Cheers to you and the New Year!
And as always during a reflections post, I share a list of things that occurred during the month. See my list of all the fun things from December below!
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH:
Raleigh Book Chicks first official meeting discussing Ahor Towles' A Gentlemen in Moscow at Taste Raleigh was illuminating and hilarious. If you haven't feasted your eyes on this novel yet, Towles is a magnificent story teller. It will reignite your passion for stories.
I started volunteering at the Wake County Animal Center as a Canine + Feline Cuddler (yes, that's a thing!) and Fido Fitness Walker! If you've been thinking about donating your time to a great cause, the more love and attention these dogs and cats get, the more likely they are to be adopted, and the more animals the center can accommodate. It's as easy as attending a volunteer orientation and training sessions, which only takes a few hours. Additionally, the schedule is so flexible that you can make it work for you. Click on the link above to submit an application right now!
I got back on my yoga mat. Health is definitely going to take a priority in the New Year now that my schedule won't be so crazy managing a part time job and clients as well as a blog. My favorite Youtube instructor is Lesley Fightmaster; do you have a favorite yoga instructor on Youtube? This vinyasa flow she has always does the trick for me!
I hosted a festive cocktail party at my house for close friends. I love cooking and entertaining others! It was a night full of laughs, champagne punch, and talking all things modern television.
As I'm trying to brush up on my watercolor skills, I took part in Skillpop RDU's Holiday Watercolor class with the talented Bridgette Lynnette Designs. Not familiar with Skillpop? They make hands-on learning accessible all across the Triangle! You should check out my friend Michelle's Makeup Class or my friend Mallory's Instagram Workshop.
Kept on with holiday traditions with champagne and Eggs Benedict for breakfast on Christmas morning before opening gifts
And I rang in the New Year with gal pals and furry friends in at the beautiful Emerald Isle (though, boy, it was FREEZING!), but that sunset was so worth it!