Happy New Year, everyone! To be honest, my celebration kind of lacked the festive spirit since yesterday I came home sick and went straight to bed with a terrible fever. So we didn't sit at the table, didn't watch the official speech and didn't even get rid of all garbage as my favorite New Year tradition... Oh well. But I feel much better today, so let's do a NY post, shall we?
So, about this past year. In many ways, it was the best year in my life. The focus of 2016 for me was work and my career and I put all of my energy into it. At the very end of 2016 I finally got my rewards so yay! I know I might have focused on work a little too much, but first of all, I found out that I'm more career-oriented and ambitious than I thought, and second, that's what our late twenties are for, right? To finally build your own life as an adult, and work and career are staples of being an adult. I still dream about freelancing from time to time, but who doesn't? Getting where I am was already much, much more than I once expected of myself, and I'm just really proud of me and all my achievements in 2016.
The downside was that 2016 was also very hard on my mental health. But at the end of the day, every time I found it in me to get back out there and to do my best. Someone taught me once that when it comes to mental health, it's completely normal for it to fluctuate, it's normal to feel better than ever for some time but then suddenly have a downturn. And yes, downturns suck, especially after weeks of feeling normal, but they are just a part of the process. I know myself much better now and I know for sure that downturns pass and that they always give way to that happy and powerful feeling.
As for traveling, we finally saw more of Canada in 2016 which I am so grateful for. We saw the beautiful town of Elora, ON, and finally visited Ottawa. I'd really love to see more of Canada this year: Montreal, Vancouver, and even Northwest Territories. I'd love to see New York and also finally relax on the beach somewhere in Cuba or Mexico. We'll see!
I already have a list of my resolutions for 2017 and I hope to make every effort to stick to them. I want to make the focus of this year getting everything figured out. I want to overcome anxiety and other things that put my life on hold. I want to stop obsessing over what people think of me and give more than take. I want to take care of my body, do all these littlest things that I've been skipping, like regular haircuts, facials and manicures. I want to surround myself with beautiful things. I want to own at least three perfumes so that I have a library to choose from every morning. I want to go out more and form more friendships with nice people. I want to finish writing that book of mine. I want to be able to say by the end of 2017 that I feel balanced and happy.
Let's do this, 2017. I welcome you with open arms. I have a feeling we'll get along :)
Happy New Year, everyone! <3