This year, I blinked and it was over.
It went so fast, the whole year feels like I dreamed it all in one night. And yet, when I look back at all the things that happened, it has been one of the most eventful and growing years of my life.
I felt like the last day of this year would be the perfect time to recap all things great, both big and small.
With my favorite travel partner in tow, we were able to go to some great places this past year. We started the beginning of 2018 in Las Vegas, which was a crazy event. The entire strip was shut down for a huge block party. At midnight, multiple firework shows popped off. It’s pretty insane. We also went to a Cirque du Soleil show, which I plan to do again!
Over the summer, we took our first trip to NYC. Neither of us had been before, so it was definitely a check off our travel bucket list. We did SO many fun things there, but they were the usual ‘touristy’ things to do. Now that we have gotten those things out of the way, we hope to go back again and explore parts of the city more. We really loved Nolita and SOHO. And the food. I could eat my way through that city 10 times over.
After New York, we went to Chicago to stay with close friends. We ate at some great restaurants, I went to my first hot yoga class (I loved it), and we went to our first music festival on the beach.
In October, we went to Portland for the first time for a close friend’s wedding. Portland in the fall was magical. And the food. Oh man, I still have dreams about the food we ate there! I want to post a full travel recap soon.
*In case you couldn’t tell, as long as I eat great food while traveling, I’m a happy girl!
I graduated college in 2017. Sometimes I forget that I even did that! That period was such a busy blur, that I almost space the whole thing out. Now that the dust has settled a bit, it is starting to set in how amazing it is that I graduated college.
It is one of my greatest accomplishments so far in my life. Not because it made me smarter or more ready for the working world, but because I had to fight very hard to finish college at 29.
In October, I had a shift in my career and started a new job. I now work at a law firm in Scottsdale. This career shift happened because the opportunity was presented to me and I couldn’t say no. I am excited to learn so much more in a new industry and I can see the growth in myself already.
With starting a new career, I have decided to phase out of doing hair. Its been a great career for the past 10 years, but I am ready to move on to different things. I’m sad to no longer see my clients on a regular basis. But with hair off my plate soon, it frees up SO much more time that I put towards building this blog. I’m really excited to wrap this up in May 2018!
Once I finished college, I really became aware how much I had been neglecting all the close people in my life. I saw one of my best friends only twice this year. And we live just 20 minutes apart! I realized how time literally flies by and that I need to spend more time with the people I love.
While I still have more work to do with this, I made a point to value every moment I got to spend with my friends and family. To be totally present and enjoy every moment.
My younger brother moved in with us a few weeks ago. With that, we also gained a doggy roommate, which makes me feel like WE got a dog. He is the cutest thing ever and you guys will get to know him a lot better in the coming months.
I got to spend quality time my two beautiful nieces that light up my world. One of my closest friends (and my photographer for the blog) got married in October. I was lucky enough to do her hair and be one of her bridesmaids. By far, one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever been a part of!
Speaking of weddings, in November my love and best friend proposed to me! It was such a cute and funny moment for the two of us. Romantic stuff is not my style, so I was very happy that he surprised me with a cute moment that was just so ‘us’.
Thinking back on this year and all the things that happened, it was such a great year. I am so grateful for all the good AND all the bad, too. It pushed me to lengths that showed me my true strength and power.
Before you think about what you want to do in 2018, I highly suggest that you reflect back on the year you just had. Scroll through the camera roll on your phone and remind yourself of all the great things that happened. Sometimes we tend to focus on only the bad or things that we didn’t accomplish.
Do it differently this year. End your 2017 with gratitude, and head into 2018 with the best outlook possible.