Cheers my loves! We made it through another year of ups, downs, and – I can almost guarantee – many life adventures. 2017 came and went in a blink of an eye and now we find ourselves reflecting and setting goals. I always enjoy taking a moment to look back on the year and revisiting the special (and painful) moments that will forever define the year for me. It’s cathartic because I thrive on seeing tangible evidence I’ve made progress and grown.
So much happened in 2017 that I never thought would be possible. It was fun to look back on my Instastories (you can check it out here) and highlighting the top moments of last year. But I also had not-so-great moments. I made mistakes and for lack of a better word, a few dumb choices. Heartbreaking, out-of-my-control things happened too. Life is like that. One of my friends shared a quote online that I loved:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re doing something. – Neil Gaiman
I have always been so afraid to fail. When you’re afraid to fail, you play it safe. And when you play it safe you rarely grow and reach your goals. The one thing I’m doing differently in 2018 is altering my mindset and outlook when it comes to the way I view challenging opportunities and personal growth. If I fail, so what. If someone thinks I look ridiculous, good riddance. As long as I’m constantly pushing myself, understand my motivation and have a plan in action, I know I’m on the right track.
I think achieving goals, resolutions, whatever you want to call them, starts with the right attitude and reason. I’m narrowing down my focus to not being afraid to try and fail but really this change will affect all areas of my life. More than ever I feel life is too short to give your energy to people or things that don’t matter or make you unhappy. I feel an overwhelming sense of protectiveness of my well-being, my home, and my healthy relationships. So this year, I’m giving 2018 the words focus and purpose.
What I hope for myself is that I flourish in knowing I’m not perfect, I’m going to make mistakes, but that’s the best way to learn and really get to know where I excel and where I don’t.