And just like that, 2017 has come to a close; and new beginnings start to open up. I guess it's true what they say: as you get older, life becomes a blur. I feel like it was just yesterday me and hubby (at the time just fiance) were holding a game night with our closest friends to countdown the new year. And look at us now, married, ready to enter 2018. Regardless of how fast this year passed us by, there are a few things that this year has taught me.
1. The faith of a mustard seed still counts
I battled with my faith so much this year, and it made perfect sense. I mean, how can I have all of these dreams and aspirations, but not even believe it can happen? I learned this year more than ever, that I can be the reason for my own set backs; it really is a state of mind that I have to leap over.
But let's be honest, that's easier said than done, but I've promised myself that I will never give up entirely, no matter how bad I want to. Because I know that even if I have faith the size of a mustard seed, I can still move mountains.
2. Marriage really is a beautiful partnership
A major blessing that 2017 brought, was me marrying my best friend! I've enjoyed our journey to becoming husband and wife, and the new journey of being newlyweds. My husband is so supportive of my dreams and other endeavors, and he listens to all of my rants and foolery. And most importantly, he knows the real me, accepts me, and cares for me spiritually and emotionally. I'm excited to see where God will take us in the future. Love you hubby!
3. Utilize the people around you
I learned more than ever this year, that the people around me are there for a reason. I'm not meant to be in competition with everyone, nor am I meant to be a burden. It's okay to ask for help. Through this resolution, I have been humbled, and at the same time empowered to know that I really do have a loyal team with me.
4. I'm no longer forcing friendships
Naturally, I always tend to wonder why someone doesn't like me, or want to spend quality time with me. While answers to these questions can provide insight to how people perceive me, I've realized that that's not always my business. Sometimes we try to force friendships that were never even really supposed to occur. Also, you never know what that person may be dealing with in their personal lives, and it's better to just give them their space if they are making evident that that is what they're needing. You shouldn't have to beg someone to be in your life. Point. Blank. Period.
5. Sometimes I just need to sit down and eat my food
At times, I was just doing too much and made situations harder than they needed to be. But I'm trying to improve on checking my emotions. If I just mind my business- a.k.a., sit down and eat my food a lot of "problems" in my life will diminish.
6. A clear home = a clear mind
Because babyyyyy I can't stand a cluttered house! And I became more consistent in making sure my own home stayed as tidy as I could. Still room for improvement as my schedule becomes busier, but it's one of my resolutions!
7. Don't forget to enjoy life
At the end of the day I decided to choose joy more in 2017. There were a lot of (in my opinion) crappy moments, but I always tried to find the silver lining in every cloud, and that's what really helped to propel me forward.
Here's to 2017 where I learned to make lemonade out of lemons, and to the new year, where I will bring to fruition my lemonade stand!
What did 2017 teach you? Comment below!
*Special thanks to Sirion Worku for the gorgeous photos!