As the year draws to a close (we’re in the final month after all) and I approach another Birthday, I can’t help but reflect on 2017. I’ve been reflecting on the current year and the 27 others I’ve seen. As I did my reflection I was truly amazed at the tremendous growth I could clearly see in my life. The changes I’ve experienced didn’t happen overnight as I said in a previous post entitled “Trust the Process”. They were years in the making and many failed New Year’s resolutions later. There were times I got frustrated with myself and I was merely existing because I focused on what wasn’t happening instead of what was happening.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still things in my life that I need to get together (procrastination for example). However, my decision has been to focus on the things that are going right, the things that I have changed and the things that I can change. With this decision to change my outlook I’ve realized that even my drive for life has changed and I now desire and seek after the fulfillment of my purpose. Focusing on what wasn’t going right only seemed to have kept me from actually getting things right.
For me this year there were quite a few things that went well, maybe too much to put in a post. However I decided to share some of the good things that happened this year.
Here are 5 things that made 2017 a great year for me:
1. Marrying my Best friend, My Jonathan. Though I never planned or thought much about this growing up, it has been the best and most remarkable thing to happen in my life. I’ve had love in my family and other near and dear to my heart but nothing comes close to the romantic love that draws me to Jonathan.
2. Seeing family I haven’t seen in years. Funny thing is that this became a reality because of my first point. My brother left for Canada in 2011, a day before my 22nd Birthday. After tears were shed I saw him off to start a new journey. I never saw my brother live and direct again until August 2017 the day he arrived in Jamaica a few days prior to my wedding. My sister Montia lives in the US and she came early for my wedding to. I got the opportunity to see her interact with my then fiancé who would become her brother-in-law in a matter of days. Being the jovial person he is, he had her laughing and talking about life and things of interest. It was especially amazing to have all my siblings in one place for the first in years.
3. This may not be as heartfelt as the previous 2 but I finally saw a New Year’s resolution become a reality. For many years (and I do mean many) I tried to stop biting my nails but they just somehow always found themselves between my teeth and I could not resist the urge. There were times when I didn’t even realize until after the fact that I was biting my nails. But I did it, finally. I’ve been doing overlays (adding acrylic to the natural length of my nails) since September 2017. The nail growth for me shows an increase in self-control and really give me a push to do things I found difficult.
4. Becoming a Certified Auditor. Maybe I haven’t spoken about this enough or posted my achievement on Facebook to get the customary likes and congratulations. But this is actually an achievement that means a lot me. I wanted to be an Auditor since 2010 when I did inventory checks at a popular local company. On one of the days that I was there two auditors came by and it was the most intriguing thing I had seen. Bruh, I went home to see about changing my major at UWI to accounting. Silly me, I thought auditing was just an accounts things. Accounts have me the most beating during my college years until I eventually gave up on it and forgot about auditing. I found my way back to the dream and I am now able to Audit Management Systems, which is way better than plain old accounts.
5. Starting my Blog. This could have made last year great if only I had the drive (and the money) that was needed to get it started and maintained. I’m not sad that I started this year rather than last year because I’m a firm believer that nothing happens before it’s time and I can truly say, Delayed but not denied.
Though 2018 may have different successes (and failures) than those of 2017, I will be putting my best foot forward and making it an even better year. I’ve become more goals oriented and WE (Jonathan and I) are still working on our goals for 2018 (and beyond of course). I did a vision board earlier this year and I will include tips on goal setting for 2018 in my next post. I know that if I can get here, you can too.
Share something good that happened to you in 2017, leave a comment.