Here we are, at the beginning of another year. I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again, 2017 flew by. I’m not going to lie, I’m glad it’s over. And I hate to say that because 2017 was the start of an incredible journey for my family, but personally, it was hard.
All in a years time I had to say goodbye to my friends and family, move halfway across the world, and start a life from what feels like the bottom up. There were so many moments where I felt lost, alone, and down right depressed. I struggled to find myself and my purpose in this new adventure.
I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster that was spiraling out of control.
It wasn’t until recently that I started to feel normal, like I actually had a grip on things. My marriage is stronger than ever, I’ve met some incredible people, and I’ve moved on from all the negativity that was weighing me down. So in light of the new year, and new beginnings, here are a few goals for 2018.
Self-care: this is something I constantly struggle with. As a wife, and mother, I felt it was only natural to take care of others before tending to myself. WRONG! Now more than ever do I completely understand the importance of self-care. It isn’t just about pedicures, or girls nights out. It’s also realizing your self worth. Knowing how valuable you are, and accepting nothing less. It means saying “no” when you want, and sticking up for what you believe is right. It means you have the ability to choose who you let in, and who to let go.
Balance: the key to everything! Everyday of my life I feel like I’m being torn into a million different directions. And truthfully, I am. But that doesn’t need to be such a bad thing, as long as I can achieve balance. Within my work schedule, my marriage, and myself.
Embrace: the good AND the bad. Embrace change, pain, and love. Embrace the fact that I’m getting older and have wrinkles under my eyes. Embrace that my children are growing, and becoming more independent. Embrace living in the moment, and cherishing those moments. Every. Single. Day.
For me, this year is all about perseverance, good habits, and positivity. It’s about being the best version of myself I can possibly be. So, here’s to overcoming obstacles, facing your fears, and not sweating the small stuff. After all, you only have one life to live- make it worth living.