End of Year Reflections
It feels so cliché to say “this year flew by” but it did…more than any other! Between having a toddler, working full time and investing in Style & Life, the days, weeks and month flew by.
When I look back at this year, I am proud and determined to improving at the same time. I relaunched Style & Life at the end of 2016…my goal was to post original content consistently and I have done that. Having Style & Life as a creative outlet gives me a sense of satisfaction that I was missing and I am proud that I said I was going to do it and that I did.
That being said, there are other areas that need some attention. Like learning to manage stress effectively. Focusing on my health and physical body. Taking time to connect spiritually. I like to look back to review the accomplishments and challenges so that I can focus on where I want to go as we kick off the new year.
If I thought this year was busy, I have a feeling next year will be even busier and I am excited to see what it will bring! In addition to growing Style & Life…these are the other areas I am focusing for 2018.
I fly often and am still fascinated during the safety demonstration when they say you “should put your own mask on first before helping others”. However, I think I get it. If you don’t take care of yourself, then you can’t help anyone else. I have fallen short in this area and while I am living a beautiful life, if I am so run down and stressed out that I cannot enjoy it, then what is the point? And what example does that set for my daughter? So, as selfish as it sounds, I am putting self care (consistent workouts, nutritious meals, daily inspirational reading, weekly spa nights) at the top of my list so that I can improve my level of spiritual, emotional and physical balance.
To start. Putting down the phone. There are times when I let work emails take precedent over conversations with loved ones. I am also scheduling more frequent date nights with my husband and outings with girlfriends so that we can make memories and have quality conversation.
If you have been following me for any length of time, you may already know that my parents founded Crisis Aid International so philanthropy is literally in my blood. The times I have felt the most fulfilled in my life is when I am consistently giving back to others…so, stay tuned, I am launching a well building campaign early next year!
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Most days I work, spend time with my daughter and husband and then work more. When I am done working, I tend to watch 30-60 minutes of TV to wind down. This has been a habit I have developed the last couple of years and while I may still use TV to wind occasionally, I am going to incorporate other things I enjoy more….like practicing French and reading books.
Picasso once said “Everything you can imagine is real”. So, why not? I am going to pursue all of my hopes and dreams with passion.
I wish you health, happiness and fulfillment in 2018.