A Look Back at 2017

Goals, Lifestyle / Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Can you believe it’s already 2018? I still cannot, and don’t know how the time went by so quick. So much has happened in 2017 that it would be a shame not to share and document it. One of the main reasons I love blogging is it’s kind of a personal journal that other people get to read as well. However, it forces me to stay on track, keep it updated and document big milestones like this which I think I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have this blog. Shall we get started?
Highlights of 2017:

1. Made a big move
This year I moved to Charlotte, NC all the way from Boston, MA and it has been the best decision so far. I am loving the weather, people and delicious southern food. I will be posting more about my apartment and places I love since I have only been here for a few months. It was the scariest and the biggest decision of my life, but also one of the best. 

2. Spent a full year with Boone, our Bernese Mountain Dog.

This was exactly 4 months apart (such a cutie)

We got Boone in August, 2016 and it has been a roller coaster with this pup. It was a first time that I ever owned my own dog (puppy at the time). He has brought so much happiness and just daily joy. Even through all of the chewed up shoes, couches, and even my blogging camera – I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like Boone brought me and my boyfriend, Mike, closer together too. We had new responsibilities that we had to share, and of course a new schedule. Whenever people ask me if they should get a dog or a pet, I always say yes. It’s a little tough when they are little but so so worth it.

3. January 5, 2017 was a full year mark of living in Boston. 
It was a lot of fun living in Boston. The convenience of traveling, eating out and shopping is not comparable. Beautiful architecture, fun places and a big mixture of different people has helped me see a new world and get a different perspective. Met so many great people and some that we still stay in touch with as good friends. Boston was a great head start to my career, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. As mentioned before I did move a little after that, but I will never forget Boston. 
2017 has been a big roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. Maybe even more downs than ups, but failures are the best lessons and what truly makes us who we are. I don’t want to go into too much detail as this blog is an “escape” from the real life into this perfectly happy place. However, it is important for me to be real with you guys because there’s nothing I love more than connecting. 
Areas of Improvement from 2017:

I think starting in 2017 I have set so many goals for my self in different aspects of my life that at the end I was spreading my self too thin. I had a full time job, a new puppy, moved to three different place during the year, got promoted, tried to post every day and read over 60 books a year that at the end of the year I realized I haven’t hit my goals. As much as it stings and uncomfortable to talk about, it’s good to reflect and see what worked and what didn’t. 

1. Blogging full time and working full time is a lot of work. I am not complaining as I love both my job and blogging, however, doing both can be overwhelming. I almost never had free time or even a day to just stay at home, unplug, and do nothing. I would try to work 70 hour weeks during the tax season + try to post everyday to Instagram and at least 3 times to my blog. At the end, I ended up burning myself out and not posting anything at all for 2 months out of 2017. Lesson learned is that we need time off and that setting unrealistic goals will lead to burn out. I should have posted less but more consistent. 

2.  I feel like so much time has been wasted on a lot of things that don’t truly matter. Some of them were the comparison game (which is the thief of joy), not accounting time for mindlessly scrolling through social media and emails, and of course spending time on relationships that don’t bring any value or didn’t matter as much. 
3. Setting yearly goals is great, but without quarterly reflections, and even weekly reflections, it’s hard to reach them. The biggest struggle I have with goals is that I hate to change or alter them. If I set a goal to read 60 books a year I would go above and beyond to reach it. Even if it meant losing sleep, having less free time, or eating lunch at my desk. The lesson learned is that it’s okay to change goals or adjust them as you go through the year. Sometimes we don’t account for life changes, and work load. 
This is a really big and unusual post for me, so I will be wrapping it up here. 2017 was a great learning year for me and I will be writing a new “goals for 2018” post here this week. I will make a separate page for it to track my progress so it holds me accountable. I hope this post helps you see that even though I try to portray my Instagram feed and blog to seem always happy and positive, real life is far from that. No one is perfect and we all have our own set of struggles, goals, and improvements. Biggest advice is to not compare yourself to others. It’s a waste of time, and a thief of all joy. Life is happening right here and right now, enjoy it. 
Do you have your 2018 goals set yet? If so, let me know. I would love to hear them. 
Thanks for stopping by,