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Welcome 2018!

It’s unreal how the symbolic turning of the calendar gave much such immense gratitude, but truly I was so glad to welcome 2018.  I might have cried at midnight.  If you want me to explain why, I will not be able to.  I just needed to let all the emotion that has been welling up inside of me out.  I did, and I was ready for January 1, 2018.

journey of doing - welcome 2018P I N I T

The beginning of a new year is always marked by college applications, and this year is no exception.  It’s been moreso than usual since I’ve been the college advisor at one of my schools.  IN the six years that I’ve been doing this, colleges have moved their deadlines, which helps prevent the common application from crashing, but it also creates more deadlines and makes the application process longer for me.  Typically, by now, most applications (but for January 15 deadlines) would be done, allowing a bit of respite.  No such luck this year.

Yet, in spite of all the work, I’m feeling good-ish.  I was finally able to leave the house this week.  I went to a HIIT class and a yoga class.  I started a new calendar.  And, I finished my 101 in 1001 list, thanks to encouragement from Brianne and Stephanie.  Since I don’t journal the same way I used to, I don’t make resolutions.  I tried to do something different last year and choose a word of the year, and it lasted three months.  Still, I liked the intentionality of it.  (No pun intended.)  The word that kept coming back to me for 2018 was balance.  I initially laughed at myself for even entertaining that idea.  I’m terrible at balance, and I think everyone who reads here knows that.

Yet, at some point this week, I realized that balance isn’t achieving the perfect life.  It’s living by one of the quotes I loved in college.

“You have to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad.

Love what you’ve got, and remember what you had.

Always forgive, but never forget.

Learn from your mistakes but never regret.

People change, things go wrong, but just remember life goes on.”

So, all of these things (acknowledging that days come with highs and the lows, recognizing that we’re all perfectly imperfect, and that sometimes the best and only thing we can do sometimes is try), is part of balance.  To that I say…

Welcome 2018

(may you involve balance)

(In the spirt of balance, my 101 in 1001 list is divided up into sections and oddly ended up fairly balanced itself. This wasn’t intentional  First W of the year?  I’ll take it.)

  • Bri @ My Life As... - Yay! I’m glad you made a list. I really like yours!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - YES to the 101 list, so glad you were able to finish it. I know you’re going to kick ass in 2018ReplyCancel

  • SMD - Here’s to a great year!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - I honestly didn’t even think about resolutions this year either because they just tend to be the exact same thing year to year. I love the idea of using a word for the year to focus on and balance is so perfect! That’s definitely something we could all focus on!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel G - Happy New Year to you! Balance matters in life, that’s for sure, and sometimes we only realize how much it does matter when we are WAY off-balance!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - You finished your 101 in 1001 list?! That’s so awesome! Congrats! I still have so far to go and only a year and a half left to complete it. 🙁 I was doing good when I first started…

    I like your quote on balance. I think that’s what I need to find this year. At the very least, contentment. Things are always going to go the way you hope. Sometimes you just have to be happy with the way things did go.

    Happy 2018!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - LOVE that quote! I’m not a resolutions person either, but I love the idea of a fresh start and some good attainable goals. Cheers to an amazing 2018 girlie <3
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