You don’t chop off all your hair and move out of the country if you’re not going through some things in life, let me tell you. 2017…you have been one heck of a year!
This was the first full year I have worked for myself full time blogging and also dealing with a roller coaster of emotions in my personal life. Finances were down, spirits were way down, and I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. I know I talked about my story and the turn around in my post “The Power of Faith,” so I won’t go into crazy detail here.
The point is, when the clock struck midnight when we were entering 2017, I was SURE this was going to be MY year. 7 is my favorite number, I was born the 7th of the year, I was turning 30 which I was extremely excited for, and to me this all equated to something BIG happening this year.
Welp, most of the year ended up being REALLY hard for me. Constantly harassing people to pay me, barely making ends meet, and not overall happy with where I was in life. I was seeing all my friends hit milestones and I was over here ordering from the $1 menu. It’s true that I did get to travel for work in 2017 and it was my first time ever getting paid to travel and that was pretty amazing. Opportunities led me to Mexico twice (Tulum and Puerto Vallarta), Vegas, Chicago, Costa Rica for my birthday, Miami and of course London, and Paris where I am currently sitting in my Parisian hotel writing this to you. And I worked with some amazing brands on some pretty cool collaborations.
Ultimately I realized 2017 actually was my best year yet. Because I felt like I hit my lowest low, it caused me to seek God and strengthen my faith and I have grown so much in the past couple months its almost a little scary. It’s breathtaking what faith can bring into your life. From ashes rose a phoenix and I will forever be grateful for the hardest year of my life. For the year full of why’s and tears and depression. For the year that taught me to believe in my self worth and not to settle. For the year that taught me HOW to leave it all to God. For the year that positioned me to receive even more blessings in 2018. And for the year that feels like has forever changed my life for the better.
I get goosebumps when I think about what’s to come in 2018. I realized 2017 was my year of POSITIONING. Once I embraced my trials and tried to see what God was trying to teach me instead of pushing back and giving up, I was faced with the best experience of my life. Moving to Europe temporarily has been so eye opening I can’t even explain the changes I feel so deep within me.
My only major resolution is to keep turning to God for everything and to continue to stregthen my faith. If that’s on point, everything else will naturally fall into place.
Thank you for following along. I aim to continue to blossom and inspire in the years to come. Here’s to embracing our trials and using them to strengthen our faith.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!