It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I know, I know, but 2017 has truly been a rollercoaster of highs and lows for me. As the New Year approaches, I like to take time to think about the year passed, as well as plan for an even better year ahead. I’m sure many of you will be making New Year’s resolutions and goals, but I find that my resolutions usually end up the same every year. So in order to avoid that, I like to reflect on the year and make specific goals to better myself in 2018.

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Looking back at 2017

I started the year off with an amazing trip to NYC, my favourite place as you’re all well aware. In January I started my second semester in a program I hated, which led me to applying for and starting my current program, Digital Communications. In the Spring I attended the Kit Connect Conference, which led to the rebrand of my blog (which I’m much more proud of now!). I travelled to London, England in May with school for the most wonderful experience visiting fashion houses, museums and wandering the beautiful streets.

Then this summer, my parents planned to sell our family home and I began apartment hunting. I moved out for the first time in August, and my parents sold our house! While this was definitely bittersweet, they’ve now moved to our cottage and are happier than ever, so I am happy for them, and also super happy in my own little place!

At the end of the summer, I received some horrible news – my dad had passed away. This was a complete shock and none of us saw this happening so soon. It was also horrible timing, since I was about to start a new program and had to miss classes. His passing really shook me, and I know have a different outlook on life and death (as cliche as that sounds).

On top of all that, in the past few months I’ve succeeded in school, made new friends, changed jobs, and grew my blog. While in 2017 I experienced loss, death, depression and heartbreak, I also made new relationships, had incredible experiences, and grew so much as a person (so now you see why I opened with the most over used phrase in literary history).

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Looking ahead to 2018

For 2018, I want to get past the negative experiences, and focus on the positive in my life. My resolutions last year included learning to say “no”, and putting myself first, and I still need to work on these. I did succeed with removing some of the toxic relationships from my life, drinking more water and blogging more regularly, but I need to stop putting others needs above my own. In the past month I’ve noticed an improvement, but this is still one of my resolutions I’m hoping to keep!

Due to the abrupt death of my dad, I’ve realized that we can’t take our time for granted. Anything can happen anytime, so for 2018 I really want to live my life, take chances, and experience all that I can. I no longer want to be held back, avoid expressing myself, or hide my true self, because no one has time for that! I want to be the best possible version of myself and be true to who I am.

Besides this, I’m still making resolutions to focus on my blogging goals, and save money (something my shopping habit often doesn’t allow). I’m also hoping to travel more, read more books (send me suggestions!), spend more time with my friends, and hit the gym more often!

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What are your resolutions for the year ahead? I wish you all a happy new year! Let’s make 2018 a new beginning for us all.