Auld Lang Syne
There are some days I wish I could lean in through this computer screen and just talk to you, dear reader friends, face to face. It would be so nice to sit down with a cup of hot cider, take a seat next to the fire and hear about holidays past.
Each New Years, I love thinking about the scene from When Harry Met Sally when Harry asks Sally about what the song, Auld Lang Syne means, and she responds, “It’s about old friends.” I love that because as each year draws to a close it’s only right to thank friends and family and to think of them. (Here’s the scene, **spoiler alert if you watch it!)
One of my favorite things to do with my family this time of year is to reminisce about years past. We look back upon the times spent with family and friends, and joke about the moments that resulted in tumultuous laughter and smile thinking about our family members who have gone on before us. It’s one way we keep remembering those times.
It’s almost as if by reminiscing, it helps us walk more confidently in the future knowing we’re carrying with us so many experiences from years past.
So I figured I’d share with you a few of my favorite moments from the past, more specifically an ode to 2017.
As the end of 2017 comes, I am not ready to part with some of the memories of this year, looking upon those moments and times with a fondness and appreciation for how they have helped to shape me.
However, as I reminisce I’m excited to be creating new goals for this coming year.
So here it is! An Ode to 2017 and an excitement for 2018…
2017 was filled with some pretty amazing trips. Trips to Minnesota, North Dakota, California, and Wisconsin. I loved spending time with the people who I went with, and that’s truly what made each trip even more enjoyable.
So with that, one of my goals for this 2018 year is to travel more. There are so many places on my list for this year, and for now, that list includes Europe, Charleston, Durham (NC), and Waco, TX.
So many bluebird days were spent on the mountain skiing this 2017, and I couldn’t have asked for better experiences with friends as they came out to ski and finding time between work weeks to hit the slopes! I also loved each moment spent in the Rocky Mountains, whether that was leaf-peeping, hiking, celebrating a wedding, or just exploring new towns.
My goal for 2018 is to spend more time in the mountains…
I loved being able to branch out and work with so many brands and a new photographer this year, Zoey Grace Photography! I also loved working with so many amazing companies.
My goal for 2018 is to continue to work with more photographers, brands-continuing to make connections across the blog-o-sphere.
I loved trying out some new DIY’s this year, even if this one was simple, it was still a pretty cool moment to share this one on the blog!
My Goal for this year is to branch out and try more DIY’s!
This was also probably one of my absolute favorite posts to write in 2017 (and to date): 50 Life Lessons in Your Twenties! It was a culmination of missing parts of college and friends and having some very real, adult lessons.
My Goal for 2018 is to continue to write relatable content.
Fitness has always been so important to me, and 2017 was marked by a large milestone of running my first Marathon. Prepping for the Marathon took up much more time than anticipated and I was fully invested by the time I wrote this post, to training! Although I am not quite ready (yet) to run another, I still value fitness.
My Goal for this new year of 2018, is to put fitness and overall wellness at the top of my list.
There have been some significant faith moments which have marked 2017, and have helped me to grow outside my comfort zone.
My goal for 2018 is to continue to share those faith moments. I’m discovering there are so many faith aspects that many can relate to, so why not share more?
2017 has pushed me out of my comfort zone, just as I talked about in this post, and with that in mind, I think I’m ready for 2018 to be the year of doing. I have a tendency to rest in my comfort zone a little too often, and it’s only when we’re forced out of our comfort zones we find enough courage, faith, and strength within ourselves to do what is needed, and to revel in those moments.
I’m eager for this year, and I hope you are too! I’d love to hear about your year, or any goals, hopes, dreams, you too have for the next twelve months (or beyond!).
Happy 2018, friends! It sure has been a lovely 2017, and I’m grateful to have you along on this journey!
Happy New Year!