17 things I learned in 2017

Well everyone, it is officially 2018! A new year means new beginnings, new opportunities, and more chances to live the life that we want. I will be honest and say that for me, 2017 had it's ups and downs. There were struggles and hardships that forced me to learn some difficult lessons but as I look forward into the new year I am thankful because those bumps in the road have made me a stronger person. Today I will be sharing seventeen of the lessons that I learned in 2017 with you in the hopes of helping you to make the most out of this up and coming year. 

  1. A good support system can get you through anything. 
  2. Be the mentor you wish you had/have
  3. Sometimes recipes don't turn out looking like their picture
  4. Asking for help and leaning on people is not a sign of weakness
  5. Only spend time and energy on people who value you
  6. It's okay to not be okay
  7. Being single is not a bad thing
  8. There is no right or wrong way to grieve
  9. Take risks that could cause a relapse and accept the consequences
  10. A 30 day heart monitor and a bad breakup are not compatible 
  11. To never apologize for who you are
  12. Perfection is the enemy is production
  13. Reindeer antler decorations for your car are supposed to go on the back windows, not the front
  14. Our circumstances are not a part of us
  15. Buying used clothing is good for the environment
  16. Doctors aren't always right
  17. You can't help people who don't want to be helped
Although this last year had it's challenges, there were many happy times as well. I think that harder times make us apppreciate the things we have even more. It's funny how the universe has a way of making everything right in the end. In these moments, the true meaning of the season is very present (no pun intended). It's not the gifts that matter but instead it's the people we love and who love us that are important. I have so many things to be thankful for and there's no doubt that I wouldn't have made it through this year without my faith, my family and my friends. I wish you a wonderful 2018 and hope that whatever troubles come your way, that you come out even stronger than before.