More then ever, I am grateful to be standing today because that means that if everything I went through this year did not kill me it only made me stronger. I want to be honest with you guys. 2017 was rock bottom for me, in a lot a ways I felt restricted and lost. For me a well built foundation is being emotionally and spiritually happy. I did not feel that for the vast majority of this year 2017 was filled with a lot of ugly, loss, mistakes, stress , grief and pain. However the past few months have taught me a lot and that is why I believe 2017 will be a year I always remember. There is a quote that I love that says:
" Smile despite troubles
Grow strength from distress
Grow brave by reflection "
I do not know who wrote that but I can tell you this sums up 2017 for me. For a minute I wanted to sit and wallow on everything that was hurting me and stay there but I couldn't do that to myself. I had to get up and be strong for myself and not depend on anyone else to offer me happiness. I made the choice to stop and reflect on everything and allow it to make me grow. For the first time in a long time I feel like myself. I took on a lot of things that I had stopped doing for a long time that I loved like this reading and writing.I started this blog and committed to it because I had started others and never continued. I also let go of one important thing : the expectations of others. I feel like for a very long time I was so worried about what others might think of me and what others expected of me. For the first time in a long time I started to think about me, because I understood that if I felt happy with myself I can live a better life and in return give the best of me to others. I learned that happiness is not something you can fake. I do not believe in new year resolutions because I think that if you really want to change you can control that at any point in your life any day and any moment. 2018 for me, will continue to be a year of growth and maturing in every sense. I will continue to take care of myself so that I can offer my best to those around me. I hope that 2017 was a great year for you. If it wasn't, it's okay because life throws curveballs sometimes but sometimes they teach us more then we ever thought.
Wishing you all Love & Happiness,