Celebrating a year in recovery.
Vacations to several of my favorite places.
A job loss that led to something better.
Meeting awesome people.
Relationships growing and changing.
Welcoming a new baby into the family (for the first time in twenty years!)
Waking up the morning after an election, and experiencing hope instead of despair.
A reigniting of fire; to grow in my faith, and to grow closer to God.
And for the first time since I graduated college, actually wanting to celebrate the holidays.
2018 has been a plethora of things. An eclectic mix of joy and heartbreak. A mix that I struggle with summing up in a singular word. The magic wasn’t necessarily in the circumstances, but in the moments. As my sister said recently: It wasn’t perfect, but it was perfectly enough.
Oh, how perfectly enough.
I’ve noticed that reflecting often comes with the tendency to take it to the extreme; it was either amazing and we want to hold onto it for as long as we can, or it was awful and the end cannot come soon enough. But why do we always have to label anything as good or bad? Why can’t it just be reality, the kind where there are good things and there are hard things, but we can still say, “It is well”?
Yes, it is well, with or without the warm fuzzies to go with it.
I still have intentions for 2019; intentions in general aren’t filled with unrealistic expectations and leave room for grace and flexibility. They’re not centered on physical appearance or require validation, relying more on self-care, along with emotional and spiritual growth.
I would like to be as financially stable as I can be, and then move into my own place.
I want to write and read a little each day, whether it’s merely in my journal or a chapter in a book.
I intend to continue building my personal brand, and not get caught up in the numbers game.
I would like to join a small group again, and to focus on building relationships in person.
And I would like to get back into cooking, along with learning how to meal prep and plan ahead of time.
But most of all, I don’t want someone’s understanding or perception of me to determine whether or not I feel at peace with myself.
Let it be so, and may you have a joyful and prosperous New Year!