Oh, 2017. What a rollercoaster, whirlwind, magical year you were.
It seems like just yesterday, I was penning my 2017 intentions and goals with hints of taking the blog to the next level in the coming years and how I wanted to be my own boss in 2 to 3 years were scattered throughout the pages. Because a year ago, taking the blog to the next level was just something I’d work on over time and 2-3 years seemed do-able for launching my own company. It all seemed comfortable and logical. It just made sense.
Suffice to say, 2017 was the year I learned that words like comfortable, do-able, and logical simply don’t belong in my vocabulary. Unless we’re talking about comfortable clothing because let’s be honest – this girl boss LIVES in her yoga pants.
Looking back on 2017, it certainly wasn’t easy. Not by any stretch of the imagination. You see here’s the thing about being a content creator – we like to paint a pretty filtered picture. You can easily look at my Instagram, read my blog, follow my Facebook statuses and think it’s been beach days, sunshine, sandy toes and popping kombucha.
And in many ways it was. There was A LOT of magic this year.
But 2017 also included a few challenges and hardships. There were moments where I felt completely helpless and unsure of how to fix things and if they were even fixable. And despite being pretty open on social media – there are times where I draw the line in the sand between what I share and what’s best kept behind the scenes.
Airport cry fests for example. Ain’t nobody got time to Instagram that.
Of course even the darkest moments, teach us a lot about ourselves and our strength. They make us appreciate what we have and cherish it with all our might. And as I look back on the ups and downs of 2017, I’m thankful for what each moment of elated joy and each moment of uncertainty taught me.
Because that’s life. That’s the real world, sans filter. That’s how we learn and that’s how we grow. And through it all, I launched TWO companies and took my blog to the next level. Just liked I’d planned to do in 2-3 years. Overachiever, that’s me.
It’s for these reasons that I know I’m going into 2018 my strongest and fearless self yet. I’m feeling more connected with the universe than ever before. More in love than ever before. And I know deep in my heart that 2018 is going to be simply epic.
Which is why, when I curled up with Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map workbook and my new Desire Map 2018 Daily Planner, one word kept resonating with me when I thought about how I really want to feel in 2018:
I want to feel even stronger. I want to be adventurous.
I want to be so freaking soul-centered that the universe and I will be having high vibe dance parties together every single day.
Here are just a few of the ways I plan to manifest this desire:
To feel strong, I will take better care of me. I know, I know, I say this every year. But this year, I really will. Especially if I want to take things to the next level in my businesses and with my brand.
That means eating less animals and more vegetables. Learning to love and embrace mornings. Meditation, Meditation, Meditation. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. And I want to start doing yoga again – at least 3x a month.
To be adventurous, I’m going to finally overcome my fear of incorporating video into my brand and businesses. That means launching a YouTube channel and launching a PR course for entrepreneurs + small businesses. And I want, no, I need, to travel more. Let’s add a new country to my passport.
To be so freaking soul-centered, it starts from within. It means reminding myself of my core desired feelings daily and living by them. It means saying no to companies or clients that feel inauthentic to my brand or services. And sometimes that means saying no to money. And that’s OK. It means that in 2018, the Sandy Toes Shop will start introducing eco-friendly clothing. Lastly, it means that I’ll be mindful to practice gratitude every.single.day as to not forget for one second how thankful I am to live the life I want for myself.
2018 is going to be my best year yet. I can feel it and I’m so ready for it.
Wishing you and yours a magical 2018 and a warm thank you for reading, following, commenting, liking, and just being your wonderful selves. You all make this blog my happy place 💖
GreatLakesWomanJanuary 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm
I really needed to read your blog post today…your enthusiasm is contagious and uplifting…and I needed that today.
I hope your 2018 is as good and better than your 2017 was…
Peace and joy from the Great Lakes of Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron,
charflew23January 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm
You’re one of a few solid and awesome bloggers I really keep up with. You’re truly a content creator worth watching and supporting. Meeting you at Eating Heritage was a great opportunity. You’re passion shines bright and I’m honoured to know you and support you with all my heart!
Joanna KillenJanuary 5, 2018 at 10:29 am
Keep on rockin’ it and inspiring us all!! 2018 is going to be full of fantastic stories! <3
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