I’m writing my final blog post just a few minutes before midnight which brings with it a dawn of a new year. I welcome 2018 with a smile and open arms. 2017 was a year full of internal struggles and challenges that at one point caused me to believe that 2017 would be the worse year of my existence.
I realize now that the obstacles I had to face needed to happen for me to grow. As I look back on 2017 I bid farewell and thank it for teaching me so many lessons. I’m amazed by how much I’ve grown as a person.
I’ve made friends in over 40 countries. I captured moments in my life through photographs. I started a blog. I volunteered my time listening to people who had no one else to talk to. I traveled to places new. I wrote poetry. I learned to play ukulele and guitar. I wrote letters to myself. I started to believe in myself and to no longer look to others for approval.
I’m amazed at what has transpired. I sold a print of one of my photographs to a woman who purchased it for her husband as a Christmas gift. My photograph now hangs in their living room. I was also invited to submit a video for consideration to be an international brand ambassador for a well known international company.
I have no doubt that my low point propelled me to look within and better myself. I learned that a smile can light up a room and that laughter heals. I learned that there is nothing wrong with believing in yourself and reminding ourselves of how amazing we truly are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Look within and believe in yourself because once you do the possibilities are endless.
Cheers to 2018!