2017 was the year of firsts and the year of growth and change. I had such an amazing year and I want to share all of my highlighted "best moments".
17. Matchbox twenty concert
16. 5 billion trips to mill creek park
15. home improvements
14. Finally leaving the food service industry
At the beginning of the year I quit my job and focused on growing my shop and increasing my inventory and sales. I worked in food service for over 6 years and it was just time to move on and begin to work on something that could grow and I could actually see myself doing long term.
13. Steelers games!
12. Red Hot Chili peppers concert
AMAZING! This concert was the most high production concert I have ever been to and Jon and I were lucky enough to attend the show with floor seats. This is the concert that really started to sway my music preference away from country.
11. Brantley Gilbert and Luke combs concert
If you like country music, I highly recommend you see both of these artist at least once because they were incredible. Nicole and I had the best sister night out just jamming out to some country music and having a good time.
10. Cook Forest
I will always be down to take any trip that involves hiking in a beautiful place. Nicole and I took a trip to cook forest and went hiking and exploring throughout the area. Plus any trip with Nicole is always the best because we literally never stop laughing.
9. Mohican state park
8. Giving up meat (and most dairy and eggs)
This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, except quitting smoking. Jon and I changed the majority of our eating habits and had to quit going to a lot of our favorite restaurants. I can honestly say I have never felt better in my life though. I was always bloated and normally ate out way too often simply because I was lazy and did not want to cook. Now I am forced to cook and be very conscience of what I am putting into my body.
7. Key West
6. Halestorm concert
5. Hitting 100 sales
When this year started, I had 1 goal which was to hit 100 sales on my Etsy shop. I originally thought it was going to be very difficult to hit this goal but ended up doing so in April. Now at the end of the year my shop sales are totally 600 (possibly a bit more depending on when I post this). I never felt successful working dead end service jobs, but over the past year I have felt so successful because of the growth and progress I have had with my shop.
4. welcome to Miami
2. Bahama mama
1. memories made with family and friends
2017 was an amazing year full of so many amazing memories. It was the first time I had ever been in a different country (except Canada whenever I was younger). It was the first time I had ever been to a rock concert and I ended up attending more than 1 because they were so amazing. I was also able to make so many amazing memories with the people that I love. I hope 2018 brings me more adventures and more experiences. I also hope that I end next year with a different last name and Jon and I are officially married!
My own happiness
I know, it has been months since I have published anything, which is not okay. I go through phases where I tell myself that I will work harder to make writing a priority, but I NEVER follow through, I get busy and life takes over so I ALWAYS push writing to the back burner and make other things my priority,
I promise that I will no longer do this. I will make writing my priority because it is something I have always loved and always been passionate about. I love looking at old pieces I have written and admiring how much progress I have made over the years.
Recently, I have been reading You Are A Badass by Jen Sincera and something about this book really makes me want to push myself to do bigger and better things, which I guess is the point of a "self help book". Also, I absolutely hate that books are ever even classified in that grouping because EVERY SINGLE PERSON should have to read this book. The sooner you read it, the better. Everyone needs "self help".
I am only 100 or so pages through, but there's so many incredible passages throughout this book that I can relate to about embracing change and just not being scared to step out of your own shell. This is not a book report so I am not going to recap the book, but I highly recommend picking up a copy if you are feeling a bit lost an uninspired.
The reason I bring up this book is because in recent months I have begun to really just live my life for me, something the book encourages readers to do. I have spent most of my life looking for approval from every single person in my life. My parents, my sisters, my friends, my teachers, my boss, even my fiance, but that was not making me happy...
What makes me happy is giving my dogs 600 kisses every single day. What makes me happy is eating pizza (although I really really really wish I could live a 100% vegan lifestyle). What makes me happy is the smell of candles burning and taking long hot baths. What makes me happy is reading a book on my couch on Sunday afternoon. What makes me happy is the fact that I can make money working from home. What makes me happy is traveling. What makes me happy is watching Friends over and over and over again.
Many of these things are rather pointless things that won't spark any sort of controversy or deep disagreement, but that is the point. Start out small. Start developing your own strength to just do whatever the hell you want to do. I have seen first hand how life can be cut short at any given time, so whatever time you have, you might as well spend it doing what you want and what you love.
Also, you are never too old to grow and change for the better. Try something new, try to be a kinder and more understanding person because you never know what others may be going through,