that's a wrap: 2017
Usually I am the most sentimental person as New Year’s Eve approaches. I listen to and sing along to a bunch of different versions of Auld Lang Syne, think about resolutions and really reflect on the closing year and consider the year to come. I usually post a nostalgic instagram collage, too. But this year it all snuck up on me.
It felt like Christmas came just in time this year… the days leading up to the break were hectic, and our trip down to Alabama felt longer than usual. This line in O Holy Night really got me on Christmas Eve: “the thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” It was a much-needed reminder that we have this baby boy who came to add hope and light into our lives and the new year once more. Something that we needed a little extra of this season, no?
On my bus back to the city, I scrolled through the camera roll on my phone, and was overwhelmed by how much travel, friendship and fun was squeezed into one year. There were several milestones, some exciting and others more bittersweet. From the “lasts” of college to saying goodbye to my grandfather, there were times that were more bitter than sweet. But then I look at the smiling faces of me and my friends dressed up for our last formal, the excitement of having visitors in our new home on the Upper East Side, and the incredible new people that have become part of my life, and can’t help but feel so thankful. I can’t imagine the last 12 months without the encouragement, support and FUN that others shared with me.
That said, 2018 is a bit of a conundrum to think about. It’s the first year that won’t be measured by semesters or extracurricular activities. There is a bit of open-endedness in terms of what I can do and when, and how I can be even more intentional because 2018 is my first year of “real life”! Kinda crazy to think about and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. (Guess I should add “find hobbies” to my list?)
I decided to delete the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone for at least the first week of the year to think about what I hope to accomplish, and hopefully be a little more efficient as I get back into a routine. I’m trying to avoid “resolutions” and think more about long-term things to integrate into my lifestyle overall (financial and physical wellness, establishing a broader community in NYC, etc.) Does anyone have any tips? What are goals you have for yourself this year?
I hope the holiday season brought more joy than stress your way… thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet once more. Here’s to finding a little bit more of my voice in 2018.