Looking back on 2017 fills my heart with joy and sorrow. I have always believed life should be lived in the moment and I try hard to do that. But looking back helps to reflect on lessons learned and knowledge gained. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Forest Gump.
“Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get.”
That quote is very true. Life will throw curve balls at you left and right. You can either swing and strike out or duck and miss making a home run, Either way, you have to stand at the plate.
Looking Back on 2017:
I don’t claim to know everything. In fact, I am a person who is a student of life. I watch, ask questions and learn. I never assume I know everything but I do know my child. So when 2017 started off we still fighting an invisible demon. It definitely wasn’t all sunshine and roses here. The teen boy was really having a rough time and I was fighting the system to get him some help.
Dream Big Princess
As we started to make progress in teen boys treatment the most amazing thing happen I got an invite to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. It was something I had dreamed of for a while. Yes, this princess was dreaming big and it happened. I don’t know how or why but it was the most magical thing ever. I meat so many wonderful people and learned so much. I was beyond grateful for it all and truly humbled to be included.
the rest of the year progresses along and brought with it many new and exciting things.
This past year was filled with lots of great travel opportunities. From a beautiful island of Castaway Cay to the beaches of Daytona to historic streets of St. Augustine. Each trip was filled with excitement and memorable moments. We enjoyed family time and made memories we will cherish for a lifetime. With each trip, we also learned new things, tried new things and okay maybe even ate a few new things. It was a wonderful time of bonding and being with family.
2017 also brought with it lots of delicious food. through my travels, I got to eat like the locals. From gourmet food on a cruise to local favorites like Key Lime Pie. Eating like the locals and learning to enjoy what the town or island has to offer is one of my favorite things.
2017 also held a bundle fo fun entertainment. From the ballet to conferences to early movie screenings to live events and parties. I met some amazing people along the way and learned much from their journeys. I learned from Ginger Zee that its’ okay not to be perfect. From Carla Hall, I learned it is okay to change things if you don’t like the way they are going. From Kat Cora, I learned it was okay to be strong and to follow your own path.
I think my favorite part of this past year was getting to see movies I love and have watched many times over. I love being swept away in a story.
Life Changing Moments
2017 also held life-changing moments for me. I became a mom of a high school senior I mean seriously where did the past 18 years go. I rebranded which was terrifying. I faced my fear of open water by taking my first ever Disney Cruise. I faced my own mortality when my kidneys became inflamed. I took on a new brand ambassadorship with Oriental Trading. All of these moments were frightening and exhilarating.
As I sit here at my desk typing this post and looking back I realized something life is a journey. It is to be enjoyed, learned from and explored. When 2017 started my word was Fearless and I am happy to realize I lived life fearlessly this past year. I di things I never thought I could and I learned from them. I became stronger, more centered and I like the person I became on the other side. So in the great words of Hunter S. Thompson “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Word For 2018
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do in 2018. I knew I wanted my word to reflect who I was and where I was going. After taking on so many fears in 2017 and coming out stronger this year I wanted to focus on things. I wanted to focus on family, friends, and work. Focus on being kinder, more giving and more grateful. Even more importantly I wanted to focus on me and my inner self. So this year is all about Focus.
How was your 2017? What is your word going into 2018?