Ciao 2017, Hello 2018!
During the holidays, I reflected on 2017 and came to the conclusion that it was overall a great year, personally. Some of you might have noticed that I posted on social media a few photos to celebrate the year-end. 2017 was a year of FOCUS for me, and I’m proud to have successfully embraced it. I had set for myself six intentions:
- Take better care of myself
- Develop my baking expertise
- Grow ideas for a future career project
- Live in a loving cozy home
- Nurture my relationships with B and my close family
- Have fun
For the first time of my life, I’ve made progress on ALL of my goals. And I have to thank my Powersheets for keeping me accountable (fyi: it’s an tool for intentional goal-planning with tending lists).
Of course, each year is highlighted by positives and negatives. And we have experienced the following:
- A close family member was diagnosed with Alzheimer-dementia.
- My friends' cat, Panther, passed away. My family and I had a special connection with him, especially my mother. I hope that somewhere, somehow, they are reunited.
- We faced our first home challenges: a broken fridge and a leak.
- I said goodbye to Graziella, my first Dutch bike. Without a shed in our new neighborhood, she became rusty and people flattened her tires on purpose (yep, there are mean people in this world). I purchased this second-hand bicycle around the time B and I first started dating, and he suggested to name her Graziella. Thank you Graziella for making me discover this country one mile at a time!
- Although I was active, I had recurrent neck/shoulder pain from sitting long hours at my office desk, and I gained weight. There is definitely room for improvement in the wellbeing department!
- B’s promotion.
- Spending time with family and friends.
- My father retiring at the end of October, I’m so proud of him! He also spent his first night in his retirement home after eight years of construction.
- Taking home with me my precious childhood memories.
- Meeting many cats in the neighborhood.
- Playing strategically at Risk and winning 85% of the games I've played; I should apply the same tactics in real life!
- And more: I have a notebook full of gratitude but had to make a selection to keep it short! Practicing gratitude daily has brought me joy.
And just like that, 2017 disappears in the blink of an eye! I have a preference for even numbers and for this reason, I am extremely excited about 2018. For this new year, I am sending you good vibes. May you find joy, love and fun along your journey! Through tough times, may you practice self-care, and perhaps, if your heart allows it, humor – it can be therapeutic and soothing.
Currently, we are bombarded with articles about resolutions. I’ll save my intentions for later, but I will share with you my mantra for 2018: FEARLESS. Fear is one my biggest mental block, and it has slowly crept its way through my adulthood. I’ve lost the spontaneity, carelessness and, as we say in French, "lâcher-prise" (letting go) that I once used to have as a child because of “adult reality” i.e, responsibilities, work, bills, society, etc. I consider myself a courageous person, but not fearless. Yet, fearlessness brings us closer to freedom. I am hoping that maybe, with a tad of fearlessness and willingness to change the status quo, I will encounter wonderful opportunities and adventures (counting on you Dear law of attraction) and will feel less “confined” – something I would openly welcome in this season of my life.
This inspiring quote rings true to me and sums up my vision for 2018:
I would like to personally THANK YOU for supporting me and for reading my words in the last year, it means a lot to me! I hope that 2017 treated you well. And if not, 2018 gives you permission to turn the page and write a fresh new chapter.
Now tell me, how was your 2017? Do you have any word of the year for 2018 or any intention? Feel free to drop me a line below (you can click on the pink link "Leave a comment", I would love to hear from you!
Cheers to 2018 my Friends!