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?