It’s hard to believe that we’re already at that time of year again…. you know, the beginning. We often find ourselves reflecting on the past year and starting to figure out our ‘goals and resolutions’ for the new year. Basically, Page 1 of 365 in the next book of our lives. Take a moment to reflect on 2017 before rolling out the red carpet for 2018 though, at least that’s what I’m going to do.
Personally, I decided this year I was not going to make any resolutions. Reason being, I thought they’d just be wishful thoughts that would be inevitable failures. Super positive outlook on life, I know. Then I did a little bit of research on resolutions just to understand better.
Apparently 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. That’s sad, don’t you think? It’s because people don’t actually understand the concept of them. Goals and resolutions are very similar, yes, but they do have a distinct difference. Resolutions are meant to be vague, long term achievements, while goals are short term specific ‘wishes and dreams’ that can be completed so that another goal can be set. Goals and resolutions often go hand-in-hand because setting goals eventually helps a person maintain and keep their resolutions. So first you must make your actual resolution: Exercising in general, eating healthier foods, traveling more, get more sleep. Then you can go into the specific details/goals of your resolution: Exercise for 3 days a week for a month, cut sugar out of diet at least 3 times a week, book a trip to at least one place you have never been…. etc. Puts it in perspective thinking about it like that huh? You have to be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
Now as we reflect on 2017, I’m not going to lie, seems like it was a whirlwind of emotions. We got a new president, had some laughs, some cries, some questionable thoughts and realizations from some of ourfavorite stars/celebrities, major natural disasters and the list goes on. 2017 was a stimulating year to say the least. Despite the emotional/governmental rollercoaster of our great USA, I personally had a pretty interesting year. The hubs and I made some amazing new friends, I traveled to places I’ve never been including across the world
(Philippines), met some incredibly insightful new people thanks to my job, started this blog and one of my best friends asked me to be a part of her big day. Pretty solid year if you ask me.
Working at MVMT has allowed me to grow more as a person, coworker and friend. I’ve learned a lot from my peers over the last few months which has only made me a stronger and harder worker. I feel as though I’m more capable of doing things now that I never thought I’d be able to do. I’m growing more and more into my role here. I feel like i’m an integral part of the team which just validates why I love doing what I do and building those relationships with my influencers/content creators and more. Really, my resolution for my job is to continue drinking my coffee and handle it (the achievement of goals will follow)!! #adultingrealhard
Last year did hold some hard moments as well. Unfortunately, Pearson’s Grandmother and Aunt passed away which were very hard on both his parents. It’s tough losing anyone in your life, especially someone close and special to you. I was so honored to be able to be there for Pearson and his family. I loved listening to the wonderful stories told about both ladies lives. It was truly amazing to be able to celebrate how they lived.
My mom, was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. It was hard for the family to initially grasp, but as a team we all worked together to make sure my mom had the best of everything. Her treatment was great, questions were asked and she felt comfortable and as calm as can be in that situation. She is one of the baddest b’s I know. She ended up having the surgery last summer and was able to beat breast cancer (insert Destiny’s Child ‘I’m a Survivor’ song here). Life is not always as it seems, definitely cliché to say, but so true. We portray ourselves in a different way to those around us all the time. This can be in person or on social media. Sometimes we need to just take a second, breathe and realize that life is real and real shit happens. It’s how we deal with it that will help us grow and become better people in the end.
A big part of 2017 was watching Pearson grow as an artist, husband, friend and man in general. He’s my best friend and I love the guy so much. I’m so proud of how far he’s come and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him in his dream career. I love that about him, that he is going after his dream. He’s really putting in the time, effort and work to make it happen. You just don’t see that very often.
So for 2018, I want to live my life with more of a purpose. Who knows whether that will be traveling more, trying new things, just being happy. I’m excited to not over think it, but really just dive in and see what this year will bring.
Thank you 2017 for all the lessons. 2018, I am ready.