The Beauty of a New Year (2018 Edition)
Last year, on New Year's Day, I published a blog post that I just now reread. Much of it still rings true. But, as it is a new year, I think it is important to reflect back on the past 365+ days.
2017 was an interesting one. Politics aside, it was a year filled with great adventure and love-filled memories.
A few reflections:
- In January of last year we celebrated the upcoming arrival of one of my best friend's baby, Lydia.
- In April, I took a trip to Iowa to visit with friends (yay, for girl's trips!)
- In August, Michael surprised me with a birthday trip to Vancouver, BC. Both the mountains and city were magical.
- In early September (4th), Michael and I got engaged! He proposed at one of our favorite outdoor spots. It was a day I will never forget.
- In September, I traveled to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho for a work conference. A location I never thought I'd visit, became a treasured place. I managed to pack 8 (yes, 8) vintage canning jars (e.g. Ball, Kerr, etc.) into my carry-on. I found them at a thrift store and couldn't resist.
- Two days after I returned from Idaho, I got to be a part of my sister's engagement party (surprise wedding!). It was beautiful.
- In September, we also gained two foster kitties (Alfie and Pippin). Pippin is now a permanent resident and Alfie found his forever home in December.
- In November, Michael and I traveled to Barcelona, Spain for his surprise birthday trip. It was an incredible adventure filled with lots of amazing food.
- When we returned from the trip, we spent a cozy Thanksgiving with my sister, her husband, and Max (pup).
- In December, I traveled to Hot Springs, Virginia for a work conference. Michael drove up to meet me as the conference was ending and we spent a snowy filled weekend in the mountains.
- A few weeks later, on December 19th, my nephew, Miles, was born. He is perfection.
And now it is 2018. A new year.
This year, I want to manifest abundance for myself and for those around me. I want to create positive space for creativity. I want to be more present and purposeful with my time. I want to spend more time outside. I want to covet experiences and adventure, not material things.
As for my more personal and specific goals, this year I am going to be keeping them to myself. Did you know that setting an outward intention can often hinder goal attainment? Several recent psychological studies examined this effect among both college students and young adults. So, 2018, will be quiet in terms of set goals, but loud in so many other ways.
Wishing you a beautiful start to a new year.
An album of pictures from the year is below. So. Many. Selfies.