2018: A Year In Review

Do you ever sit back and think, “wow, I was not expecting my life to be like this a year ago”? Because that’s me right now. As we collectively close this chapter of our lives, I can’t help but feel optimistic, excited, and hopeful. I know everyone says they can’t wait for a new year to start because their year was terrible, awful, unbearable, etc. And while I’m sure those are valid reasons to welcome a new year with open arms, I don’t feel that way about my 2018. To most people, they may take a look at my overview of 2018 and call it terrible, but I don’t see it that way.

I fumbled like crazy in 2018. But I recently learned that failure isn’t always bad. I’ve learned that I failed forward and that’s a fantastic thing. Sure, my failures caused a lot of tears, money, and heartache, but lessons were taught and I made sure to take note.

In the spirit of being positive and ending on a high note, I’m not going to go into detail about my trials; rather share all the good that came my way in 2018. The world needs more good news and in no way is this a “Brag Blog.” This is a blog that, I hope, lifts spirits and restores faith in your lives.

As you may recall, I began my year in Moab, Utah with my brother. The chilliest of mornings coupled with a calming silence over the landscape was unbelievable. From that trip, here’s what life brought me:

  • A birthday. I lived as a 26 year old in 2018 and for some reason, I still feel like a fresh 22 year old.

  • A reflective, solitude morning in an A-frame cabin in the middle of Fair Play’s woods in the dead of winter.

  • Various vacations and time spent with my family, sharing laughter and memories.

  • Making new friends and meeting new, interesting people.

  • Finding a new job, in an industry I love, with a boss I adore, and products I believe in.

  • A perfect start to the snowboarding season with fresh pow and more ski hills open on the mountain.

  • Trying new things without fear. Liiiiikkke…. I got Botox for the first time in my life.

  • Getting to see my brother graduate from college and begin his life with passion.

  • Spending time with old friends in the mountains, making new memories.

  • Enjoying a concert at Red Rocks in the night summer air.

  • Taking a dip in Strawberry Hot Springs on a week day with a friend.

  • Traveling to Maroon Bells for the first time.

  • Finding happiness in CrossFit and putting myself out there in challenging competitions.

  • Discovering what I will and will not tolerate in a potential partner.

  • Finding new music that illuminates my soul.

  • Getting to witness multiple surgeries, seeing what the human body looks like on the inside, and being asked to photograph the operations.

  • Landing a second job with a company I’m excited about.

  • Slipping under warm, cozy blankets, and enjoying sleep again.

  • Checking things off the never ending list of things to do and try.

The things I’m hopeful for in 2019 are more moments like these—more meaningful and valuable moments. I hope for happiness, passion, love, nature, and balance.

Reviewing last years’s post, I’m still not a huge fan of resolutions. But, I was able to accomplish many of the items on my list. I think there is still an area of improvement on a couple, but still, progress has been made. Much like last year, here are the benchmarks I’d like to give myself:

  • Since my arrival in the medical and aesthetics industry, I’ve taken more initiative in taking care of my skin. Ever heard of #glassskin? I hadn’t either, so look it up. That’s a beauty benchmark I’d like to have since my skin has seen cystic acne hell.

  • Be better at time management and living life more organized. I’m not terrible but I’m not amazing. I want to be able to think 2 or 3 steps ahead and plan accordingly.

  • Not be afraid of wall art. Don’t ask.

  • Spend more time in nature. I live in Colorado, right?

  • Piggy back off of that, take more photos in nature.

  • Have a tighter grip on finances. The money department is looking better than ever, now I just need to pull it in.

  • Look people in the eyes when passing on the street or hallway or wherever humans are. This one I’ve been struggling with for a long, long time.

I don’t want to put a tight boundary on my 2019 because I’m scared of blocking out a good thing or not being open to new opportunities. With that said, I don’t think these 2019 wishlist items are too restrictive.

So 2019, what are ya waiting for?