In all honesty, 2017 was not one of my favorite years. In fact, I have caught myself multiple times wishing that 2018 would just get here already. A new year brings a promise of a fresh start, a clean slate, and new beginnings.
However, I don’t want to dwell on the negative. I have so much to be grateful for and so here are the great things that happened in 2017:
- Our oldest daughter got engaged, so we have a wedding to look forward to in 2018!
- Our youngest daughter got engaged, too! We’ll have another wedding to look forward to in the fall of 2019.
- I ran a 75-mile relay race with a group of awesome people, and while it was one of the hardest running events I’ve ever had to do, it was a lot of fun and I’m so proud of our group’s accomplishment!
- My husband and I discovered a favorite new pastime: wineries! Sampling and sipping wines in a relaxed atmosphere, often with family and friends, is truly a wonderful thing!
- My journey to good health and fitness continues. Although I ended up quitting the gym (the gym just wasn’t my thing), I continue to look for new ways to stay fit. And while I don’t always make the healthiest of food choices (see #4), I feel like I definitely eat a wide variety of healthy plant-based foods most of the time. And that’s okay. (see #6)
- I’m learning to accept me as good enough. It’s been tough because I am my own worst critic, but I feel like I’m closer to reaching that place of complete self-acceptance with my body and who I am as a person.
- Over the summer, David and I got to spend a lot of time with our soon-to-be grandson (the son of our oldest daughter’s fiancé). It was so much fun to have a little boy in the house; we played outside, we went to the pool, and we cooked together.
- I got to see Collective Soul, Journey and Matchbox Twenty in concert. They were all fabulous!
- I read a lot of really, really good books this year. Here is a link to the books I’ve read this year, if you’re interested: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2017/
- Last, but not least, KAYLA IS STILL IN REMISSION!
Although 2017 brought the loss of one of our beloved dogs, I suffered a terrible neck injury which sidelined me from exercise for about six weeks, I had bouts of anxiety and depression, and the political climate has been concerning, I still feel blessed and grateful. I’m surrounded by family and friends who love me, and I look forward to spending time with them in 2018.
What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?