With 2018 recently coming to its close, and the start of a new year, many of us are existing in a transition phase, determining how to proceed with a new chapter while struggling to close off loose ends from a former, ending chapter.
Many of us associate a new year with new beginnings, new opportunities, new relationships, and possibilities. And while newness is a definite component of a fresh calendar year, I believe it is important to remain mindful of all the newness that presented itself in 2018 and learn and grow from said newness.
For me, 2018 was a relatively eventful year.
I graduated from a post-graduate college program, after completing my Honours English degree from Brock University the year prior.
I moved back home permanently after spending the past five years between home and my student house.
I got a job right out of school, then got another.
I surpassed 1000 blog posts, with many thanks going to those of you who read my material and encourage me to continue to generate new content.
My truck was stolen.
My boyfriend’s truck was stolen.
I got a new, beautiful truck.
My grandmother passed away.
I became closer with my Opa because of my Oma’s passing.
My boyfriend and I celebrated four years together, with our five-year anniversary approaching.
I made new friendships and put others behind me.
I read several novels.
I watched many movies and television series.
I got my first haircut in 11 years.
I spent another year in remission from my eating disorder.
I started seeing a therapist for anxiety and depression counselling.
I laughed a lot.
I cried a lot.
And I value and cherish everything that happened in 2018, both good and bad. It may be a cliche, but I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, and further that karma exists and appears when warranted.
Here’s to 2018 and all its contents, and for what is to come in 2019.
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