2017 was a year filled with firsts. It was also filled with seconds, thirds and even fourths. It was a year filled with learning and growth.
It was a rollercoaster filled with highs and lows yet I would not trade this year of growth for anything. I needed to sit in the discomfort to figure out what will make me happy as I enter the next phase of my life.
Even when I did not know anything about how it would unfold, I knew that this year would be about learning to stand on my own two feet.
There were moments when I thought it could not possibly get worse, it did, of course it did. Then of course it also got better. Finding balance while seeking edges ultimately defines this year.
Essentially I got a free pass at a do over of my 17-22 year old self as I adulted my way thru teenagering this year with a core group of women that were guiding lights.
If there was a limit or a rule in 2017, I pretty much tried to figure out how to test it or break it.
At 17, I was a goody two shoes set on going to college and conquering academic achievements. Did I have fun? Of course, but I did not rebel. I did not test limits nearly as much as my friends when I was actually 17-22.
I met my then husband at 21 and married by 23. While many friends that married young are happily married, that was not my path. My then husband and I shared many great adventures yet life in the marriage also caused us great pain. It broke us both.
It is my great hope that he and I will be friends in the future, marriage just was not in the cards for us.
My reflections on 2017 amounted to 38 takeaways from 2017, which will be posted in February.
Apparently I got a hall pass from 8/3/17 until now especially the last two weeks when there are minimal photos as my computer would not let me back-up my phone then my retro iPhone SE met the toilet. In the art of letting go, this would have made me cry before I learned that letting go is sometimes the best thing that we can do for ourselves.
The Apple guys and I got a good laugh when this is what Google the featured image in this post…