2016…named the worst year ever. I could not have agreed with this statement more.
2017…people are saying came in close 2nd to 2016 as being pretty awful. I can agree to an extent, but I am starting to think that we all need to change our point of view on life a bit. A new year does not magically make all the bad disappear and wipe it away as if it never happened, so obviously everything you did not like in 2016 spilled into 2017 unless you consciously made an effort to change it.
Look, good and bad things will naturally happen to you that is just the natural ebbs and flows of life. The extremes of these things will also vary. Sometimes these moments will seem so severe that you don’t know how you will ever get through them, while other just seem frustrating and inconvenient. Regardless of what it is you are going through you have to remind yourself of 2 things:
- It will get better you can and will get through this. Just think there is always someone out there battling something far worse. Be grateful that you are not battling darker demons or presented with challenges you cannot tackle. I am a firm believer that life doesn’t throw things your way that you cannot handle
- Everything happens for a reason, everything you go through is meant to teach you and guide you to the next phase in your life. Ultimately, you have to change your point of view during difficult times. Choose to allow support from the people around you, let love in, and just go with the flow. Do no fight emotions, use them to strengthen yourself; do not dwell on what happened, learn their lessons and use it towards a new path.
2017 was overall a struggle for me personally and professionally, but instead of focusing on all of the negativity this year, I am focusing on the best parts. I married my best friend in 2017 and in the middle of the chaos surrounding us, we chose to not let it damper our day or take away from the importance of our event.
Ultimately, When I look back on 2017, I won’t remember how I felt stressed and anxious, or how I struggle professionally; it will all work fade. When I think back to 2017, I will only remember my wedding day and how I felt in that moment.
So, all of this being said, I am not creating any resolutions, but creating a mindset – a clean slate. When I look back on 2018, I want to remember joyous moments, feelings of love, and happiness. This will take a conscious effort on my behalf to not let challenges sure to come my way weigh me down, not to dwell, and not get held back by what I think are shortcomings. My clean slate includes wiping negativity and flooding my mind with positivity in all areas of my life, personal and professional.
Here is to a new year! May yours be full of the good and bad. May is all allow you to grow. May you get everything you work for and be surrounded by loving family and friends. Believe in yourself and those around you.
2018 Bring it on – Happy new year!