With gratitude into the New Year

Before I get swept away by the resolution frenzy, I thought I’d reflect on this past year and focus on what I’ve been grateful for in 2017. It has been a year of more downs than ups for me, but as I was going through the photos on my phone and looking over my diary, I realised there were several moments of great joy and happiness, memories of travel and being with friends and family, even some professional achievements. With that in mind,

Here is what I have been grateful for in 2017:

My friends

When I started reaching out to my close friends, letting them in on my struggles, I was overwhelmed by their kindness, support and understanding. I’ve always had a tough time sharing my feelings with others, and felt guilty for being a burden when I needed help. But as I began to open up, I realised that the people close to me are more than happy to be there when I need them. My friends are certainly the biggest accomplishment in my life. (In 2018 I may even be able to say this to them directly instead of just telling the internet.)

Self-care

Being able to take care of my mental health, to take time out for myself and figure out where I want to go with my life has been a huge part of this past year. I fully realise how lucky I am to be able to do that and that not everyone can afford this luxury. Slowing down and paying attention to my feelings has helped me to find the energy to move forward and tackle new challenges ahead with more ease. While there’s still a great amount of uncertainty for me in the new year, I don’t feel so overwhelmed by it all anymore and ready to take it on one day at a time.

Being creative

Despite the rocky ride that has been 2017, I’ve managed to do quite a bit of writing. Although not much of it was fully fledged and ready to be shared with the world, writing has become an integral part in processing my emotions and making some sense of my ideas. I’ve laid the path for a more productive writing routine, which should help to get started on some of those ideas I’ve been scribbling down throughout the year. Being able to share my experiences, thoughts and feelings on this blog and seeing them resonate with others has been tremendously rewarding and allowed me to feel connected at times when I thought this couldn’t be possible.

Thank you for reading. I wish you lots of love and happiness for 2018! x

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