It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye but I’ve been working really hard to accept change more readily and look forward to new hellos.
My husband’s family has a tradition of sending out a letter with their annual holiday card, highlighting big life events for their friends and family. While I didn’t quite feel ready to type out a letter this time around, we did send out our first Christmas card so I thought I should take this time to review some of the highs and lows of the past year.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, 2017 was a toughie. I stopped listening to the radio because I was afraid of hearing political news, I uprooted my life to follow my husband to Michigan, my cat was sick for the better part of the fall and my depression reared its ugly head again. I fell out of my routine, out of shape and generally out of touch with so many of my favorite people.
That being said, 2017 was also an amazing year. I married the love of my life, rescued the sweetest dog, was offered a really exciting job that I’ll be starting in the new year and I pushed myself way far out of my comfort zone (and thrived!). Sure I was really bad about filling out my gratitude journal every night but I applied those same ideas to my everyday life and made an effort to find the good in even the darkest of days.
Highlights of 2017
My wedding days (yes, plural)
In April, Colin and I surprised our friends and family by doing a courthouse wedding the day after our engagement party. It was a really special day for us and I’m forever glad we were able to have that quiet, intimate celebration.
Our ‘real’ wedding celebration in September was not quiet but my goodness it was fun. My parents know how to throw a good party and honestly, it was exactly what I was hoping for. The weather was wonderful, the decor was spectacular (thanks Kate) and I wasn’t anxious at all. For months leading up to the wedding I was worried about having to stand in front of 200+ people but once the big day arrived and I looked out onto the church audience, I was overcome with joy.
Making new friends
Could this one be any more corny? As anyone who has moved to a new city can probably attest to, making friends as an adult is hard. I’ve been working from home for the past few months and until we got the dog in late September, I wasn’t leaving the house most days. As Colin’s MBA program intensified and he wasn’t around all that much, I knew I was going to have to make friends if I didn’t want to absolutely lose my mind. So I did. I put on a bra, brushed my hair and left the house. I made plans and followed up with anyone and everyone. I sought out people with similar interests and pets. It wasn’t always easy to get to know these new people I was meeting but here I am a few months later with a really great group of friends in Michigan.
Finding time to pursue my passions
While working from home wasn’t great for my social life, it was really great for my hobbies. I no longer had to worry about commuting to work so I got back 2 hours of each day to do with what I wanted. I started baking more, honing my photography and being more deliberate in my blog content. This lead to some really fun partnerships in 2017 and is hopefully just the start of more creative projects to come!
So with that I say goodbye 2017 and hello 2018. Here’s to a year filled with travel, sweets and more good days than bad.