It’s January 2nd of 2018, and this is my recap of 2017. I think in most cases when the New Year comes around, it’s natural to think of what we did, or didn’t do in the year before. Good or bad, I think we all do it and should do this.
For me looking back through 2017, and what that year was like for me. For starters, I went backpacking across Europe for two weeks. I would say that was probably the highlight of my year. I was very nervous and hesitant about this trip, but in the end, it all worked out. It was an amazing experience I had the opportunity to go on.
I went to the Poconos for the first time and went kayaking 9 miles down the river with my brother in law. We flipped about five times each, and thankfully we didn’t die. I read 8 books, and that brings my total to 37 books, and 10 audiobooks in three years.
I started a new job working for my dad doing sales. Last but certainly not least, I took another giant leap of faith and created my own website and started blogging. As much as this terrifies me opening up, I realized it won’t do any good keeping all of this inside of me. Trying to share my story with the world, and leave a positive impact on people’s lives. Also, part of me is trying to change my life for the better as well. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, but hey you must start somewhere. Even though it’s been a few months now I’m still learning and trying to figure it all out. I posted 38 posts and had 1,056 views in the first four months.
Looking back. If I’m being honest right now. It’s not enough, not even close. I need to do more in 2018, I want to do more. I want to double the number of books I read. Continue to keep trying to build my website and make it bigger. Plus, not to mention my number one goal is to finally publish my book this year. The plan is to publish two books this year. I haven’t told anyone that yet, so surprise haha. My memoir and the reason behind why I built this website and started blogging. Next, I’m going to publish book one in my fiction series that I have been working on for over six years now. Within that time, I have finished the first two books. All I need to do is finish number three, but that’s farther down the road.
Laying The Foundation
Realistically 2017 wasn’t a bad year, I mean it wasn’t great. In the end, I’m alive and still breathing, and as far as I know, I’m still healthy. God gave me another year to live, and I added another chapter to my book of life. Even though I’m not where I want to be yet, I feel like I’m still building the foundation and trying to get everything set up. Still, at 27, it’s very frustrating because this foundation has taken a long time, and it’s been a bumpy ride over the years. I don’t want to sit here as I’m writing this at 8:15 pm Monday night and complain about what happened to me in the past. That’s not what I’m trying to do here.
I’m just exhausted and worn out, it’s been a long road and finally, finally, I’m so close to the finish line of publishing my book. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The warmth from the sun is starting to touch my skin. I just need to keep going, once I publish my book that will only be the beginning. Even though 2017 wasn’t as successful or as productive as I would have liked. Again, I’m laying the foundation and getting everything ready for 2018.
This will be the best year of my life I can feel it. The last year, especially the last few months. I have never been so motivated and focused in my life before. That’s why I can’t slow down anymore, I must keep going. Even if I’m having an off day, which I still have plenty and not feeling great about myself. I just need to continue to trust God and keep going. I have made it this far, I might as well continue and see what happens.
With that said if you weren’t pleased with the effort or what you accomplished in 2017. Don’t let that frustrate you too much and distract you for too long. You don’t want to start off bad going into your best year you’re going to have in your life? Don’t forget what happened and what you did in 2017. Never forget what happened in the past, always keep that close to you. Everything that happened good or bad, that made you and brought you to this point for a reason. All you need to do is get refocused and keep going. Looking back to last year, what did you accomplish in 2017?
Were you proud of everything you did and accomplished, or disappointed in your effort? Ask yourself that, and be honest and answer these questions. Did you do enough, did you wish you did more? No matter what you said or how you feel about 2017, you can do better. I can do better, we all can do better. Do you want to hear something amazing? It’s 2018, it’s a new year and full of new opportunities. It doesn’t matter what regrets you might have from your past. What matters is what you do from this moment going forward. Only you can decide what you want to do, nobody else can answer this question. With that, what do you want your 2018 to look like?