Looking Back on 2017: The Joys and Sorrows

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Looking Back on 2017

Looking Back

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.

Let’s Talk:

How was your 2017? What is your word going into 2018?

Looking Back on 2017


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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. 2017 Was an intense and amazing year for me. My word for 2018 is present. I want to be more present especially when it comes to being in the moment. Not everything needs to be shared on social.

  2. I think I had a good year in 2017. It’s always such a mixed bag and trying to say it was great is tough. I lived it and loved it! I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

  3. I love how you said you are a student a life. I love that. I agree that everyone is going to have highs and lows looking back at the year. We had a rough 2017 but in the end the good out weighed the bad. Looking forward to a bright future of 2018.

  4. It sounds like you had the most amazing year filled with new experiences and adventure! I hope you have an even better year this 2018 and I really like your word of the year!

  5. I just did a 2017 round up on the 31st and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come! Love your word for 2018. Focus was my first word back in 2007 when I started choosing words and it was a life changing year.

  6. Absolutely love that you rounded up both your joys and your sorrows — no one’s life is both! Send all the love in the world to your son, I empathize with what he’s gone through. Strong mama to help him out 🙂 Happy 2018!

  7. Looking back on 2017 my word is adventure because I want to live and enjoy my moments with my family and now my word for this 2018 is focus, I need to focus on what needs to be done for my life to change for my future to be better.

    • i get that. My word last year was Fearless and I was now it’s time to take all those opportunities i received and focus on making them into something fro me and my family.

  8. First of all, I love your word for 2018 – FOCUS. I need focus in my life too. 2017 looks like you had a lot of fun with a ton of new experiences. One day I hope to get an invite to the Disney Social media moms!!

  9. What a year you had! Looking back, I am actually really happy with how 2017 went for me. I am anxious to see how 2018 goes, and see if it tops 2017!

  10. Your word for this year is very on track with what I want to be doing. I want to have certain focuses this year and to cut other things out.

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