2017 has come and gone. Here we sit trying to figure out how it all happened so fast, meanwhile, 2018 is here. Before I set my sights on this New Year, I want to take a minute to relish in the adventures of 2017, because it was truly one for the books.
The year started with a job search that carried over from 2016. I graduated 6 months before, had been interning with the city of Raleigh planning events and managing a music venue, but sadly there was nothing more than this internship on the horizon. So, off I set on a winding road of disappointment and tears through 20 job interviews. I know what you're thinking, but that number is not an exaggeration. Mid-search and mid-March, Genevieve and I set off for two weeks through France. From Raleigh to New York, to Poland, to Paris, a train to Aix-en-Provence, bus trips to simple mountainside cities, cafes, chocolate shops, and more croissants than you could imagine, France was by far the most magical and romantic excursion of my 26 years of life. I won't drown you with the details, but you can read about my favorite parts here and here and here.
The summer was long and fulfilling, chock full of 15-hour event days and long nights of prepping the amphitheater for an experience filled with music in the heart of downtown Raleigh, where the backdrop of the city skyline and the incessant noise of nightlife filled the air. My heart was content and still for once. I knew this wasn't forever, but it was for now and it was so special.
Late-August I was offered a job on the spot in my interview and started the next week. Finally, my bones sank back into position, my eyes settled, and I felt like, for the first time in a long while, that I could actually do this.
The rest of the year flew by, with a trip to Austin for a music festival and catching up with pals, to multiple Friendsgivings and dinner parties. I bought a car, got a cavity filled (I'm not sure why, but I feel like this was vital for you to know), adopted another kitty, settled into my cozy nook in Raleigh, and now here I am, ready to prepare for this new year.
It truly has been a wild year. This short synopsis does no justice to the craziness that actually transpired, but I have found that these mid-twenties for me have been nothing short of an endless cycle of what if's and what could be's.
But now for 2018. I can feel it in my toes, this year is the one. The year for more adventures, more explorations in faraway cities, more coffees with strangers, more twists and turns and crying on the kitchen floor and dancing at midnight.
I don't believe in New Year Resolutions. To me, a resolution means a clean slate, starting from zero. I believe in building on your mistakes and your achievements to continue moving towards a goal. I believe in making your dreams come true. So what am I working towards this year?
- Moving to a new city: Raleigh has been an amazing baseline to grow and settle into my skin but it's time for a new start! Suggestions? I have some ideas but I'm curious where you would consider creative pursuit and entrepreneurial dreams flourish.
- Writing a book: Many of you know I've been working on this for a while now, but I have two different projects I am working on simultaneously and the goal is to finish at least one by the close of 2018.
- Traveling to 2 new countries: I think seeing the world is vital for perspective and growth and while I have enjoyed my time spent abroad, I crave more. Where have I been? Peru. Nicaragua. Costa Rica. India. France. Where will I go...? I have several countries on my wish list that include Cuba, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Iceland and the Netherlands. Stay tuned to where I end up!
I truly believe in the power of speaking your truths into the universe. My psych degree forces me to align this with the idea of 'self-fulfilling prophecy' but think of this as you like, but know that I think it's an unbelievable real thing.
I urge you to reflect on 2017 and truly celebrate your wins, big and small. And then, set your intentions for the New Year. We have traveled the long journey around the sun and now we start once more. Make something happen. What will it be?