Goodbye 2017, Hellooooo 2018!
I hope that you all had a happy and safe New Year. I spent it on my parent’s couch with Ninja and my family, snuggling with Little Bro as much as I could. He’s on his way back to Nebraska today for college, which is yet another reminder of how quickly time flies by. I feel like he was just walking in the door surprising Little Sissy and I with his return only to have to hug him goodbye once more this morning. It sucks – but life moves on. He’ll be back soon enough – at least that’s what I’m telling myself today!
I still can’t believe that 2017 is over but in the end it was a really good year for me, so I’ve taken some time reflecting on the biggest struggles, wins and lessons learned to take away from it and I wanted to share those with you guys. Here we go!
Lessons Learned in 2017
A lot of my struggles this year stemmed from not being able to truly identify myself. For so long I’ve allowed the world to mold me and shape me into what is deemed “acceptable”, so much so that there was a few times in 2017 that I looked in the mirror and had no idea who I was or what I wanted.
Maybe it’s because of my ED history, but letting go of the idea of “perfection” has been something that I’ve struggled a lot with this year. It ties into the first post as well – this overall idea that I don’t know who I really am because for so long I’ve tried to be someone else. Letting go of that has been difficult, but not impossible, and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store.
Most definitely the biggest win for me in 2017 was finally pushing myself out of my comfort zone and allowing myself something that I never thought I was capable of. Becoming a Fitness Coach has been such a joy in my life and it is so clear to see that it’s what God has been pushing me towards all along, my own insecurities have just always gotten in the way.
As I said above, becoming a Fitness Coach has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It hasn’t come without its challenges though. Being front and center as someone in the fitness or health industry leaves us open to being judged on our appearances, which is understandable. I suppose I just wasn’t ready to face it and my reaction to it was less than stellar. My reaction to that reaction though? Something that I’m extremely proud of.
The follow up to the above post where I dive more into my feelings and response to the comment that knocked me a bit off balance. I’m really proud of my thoughts in this post – instead of cowering in the setback I found myself rising to the challenge, something that I never would’ve done a few years ago. Seeing growth within myself like this is always so precious to me, regardless of how little it is. I often feel like we don’t celebrate the little things enough, even though when these little things are all added up together in the end they total up to something truly incredible.
Looking forward to 2018
I haven’t chose my word of the year yet for 2018, however I feel it will most likely be something to do with self-discovery. There are some challenges that I’ve been dealing with the past few weeks that I’ve yet to share – personal things that I never know whether or not I want to hash out on the blog – however this new discovery is most likely going to change the way I do things here so y’all will most likely find out about it soon enough.
Until then though I have big hopes for 2018 and I hope you will continue to follow me along this journey of recipe creating, burpee-filled workouts and self-discovery.
What was your biggest lesson learned in 2017?