With every year comes growth – sometimes it is exciting and positive, others it is a harsh outcome from failure. I wish that I could say I went a full year without any mistakes. That I accomplished all the resolutions and intentions I had set out for myself the year before. That I had successes in all of the goals I had hoped to achieve. However, my year did not turn out to be exactly that.
It has seemed that every year I have faced a major hurdle, had some sort of existential crisis, something that really forced me to look in the mirror and re-evaluate my own perception of myself. 2017 was no different. The year started off great, I felt as though I was truly in charge of my own life, that I was finally comfortable in my own skin, confident in my choices. Then all of a sudden, without warning, came an unforeseen challenge and heart break.
I was lucky enough to have a great partner, someone who loves me despite myself, who stood by me along the way. This challenge that we faced together really did make us stronger, made us see that we could withstand the worst shakeup either of us could have imagined. After the darkest of times truly came the best of us, of our relationship. It is ever growing, ever challenging, and ever evolving.
For me, 2017 was a reminder that I am human in every sense. That growth is a process, and sometimes shedding skin can be a painfully beautiful process. I am not who I am without my mistakes, without my imperfections and shortcomings. All that I can do is accept this part of myself, and continue to look for opportunities for growth that will help me become the woman I want to be.
This past year also brought with it some great highlights. The first was obviously the launch of this blog – something I had dreamed of for years before I finally gained the confidence to make it a reality. I was not prepared for all that this would bring – the opportunity to connect with some really amazing people, collaborate with other incredible creative women, and the overall feelings of joy and pride to have something of my own, an outlet for my thoughts and creativity.
I also try to make it a point to travel as often as I can and 2017 was no different. I started the year off by visiting my brother in Australia, made several visits to one of our favorite cities – Oakland, and ended the year with a truly incredible trip to Mexico City with my partner – where he had the opportunity to connect with his roots and meet some family.
There is nothing I can be but thankful. Thankful for all that came my way, all that I was able to learn, and all that I achieved. And with the end of one year, comes the start of a something new.
I love a new year. I always look forward to the start of something, the opportunity to recreate. Now, I know that nothing is going to change overnight, and that every new day is a new start, but something about a new calendar, new intentions is truly exciting for me. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my excitement.
This year, I have a lot to look forward to, many things that I’m looking to accomplish and build habits around. The first, and probably most significant, is my upcoming graduation. Ever since I was a little girl, education was my top priority. While I never had any dreams of “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” I always dreamt of college – starting in Undergrad with the eventual goal of obtaining my Masters.
This year, 2018, I will be graduating with my Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. Just saying that makes me want to jump for joy. Although it’s been a bumpy ride, and I’ve questioned many times if I made the right decision (student loans are REAL y’all) I’m so very happy that I will be accomplishing one of my childhood dreams.
With the accomplishment of my degree comes another intention for the year. Make moves in my career. While I have been working since my undergrad days, and currently work full-time, I have not yet been on a real career path. Armed with my degree, my experience as a bonafide creative hustler, and the time I’ve put in with my current company, I am intent on really advancing my career. So if you know any Marketing or Corporate Social Responsibility jobs opening up this year, HOLLA AT YOUR GIRL!
I am also hoping to grow creatively this year. Working on this blog has been an amazing experience for me so, I want to increase my dedicate and commitment to my platform. Ensuring that I’m posting more often, creating new and exciting content, and strengthening other skills associated with running a blog (photography, editing, social media marketing). I’m always looking for way to enhance myself and to further develop my passions. 2018 is ALL about passions.
Finally, there are things that have been constant missions in my life that I hope to continue doing – further reduce my waste, shopping only ethical/sustainable whenever possible, read more, GET ACTIVE. Most importantly though, is to face whatever challenge – and I KNOW there will be some great challenges – head first with eyes wide open.
Thank you all so much for supporting me all throughout 2017. I hope you join me for my adventures in 2018. And good luck to each and everyone of you with your New Year Intentions.
Con Mucho Amor,
Jumpsuit by: The Reformation. (Previous season style)
Bodysuit: Picked up at a boutique, but check out this great one by Naja
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