Looking back on my adventures of 2017…

Reflecting on 2017, I can honestly say it was my year for growth and self love. It was the year where I realized the value of family. 2017 was a slap in the face but in a good way! It shook me out of my comfort zone. It also made me realize that just because you give all of your energy to someone, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll give it back to you.

Value yourself

I began this year with losing a close friend of mine. (For the privacy of this person, they’ll remain anonymous.) There were many reasons why our friendship ended but the main one was because I stopped fighting.

A relationship, whether it’s romantic or simply a friendship, needs commitment, effort, and time from both parties. Whenever my friend needed me, I was there. I would drop whatever I was doing to be there for them. I vividly remember one occasion where I ditched my an outing with my family to be with my friend. However, when I needed this friend to celebrate something important to me, excuses came about. It was then that I began to see things more clearer. I got tired of catering their needs and having mine ignored. I learned to stop fighting for people to be in my life so I left the door wide open for those I kept trying to hold on.

Let’s just say that now, I can see who are my friends. The older you become, the smaller your circle gets and I’m more than okay with that. It took me a while to adjust with this life changing event, especially when you’ve given your all to a person who didn’t reciprocate. It’s okay to walk away from someone who doesn’t return your love back; trust me there are others who will appreciate you.

Value your family

2017 showed me the importance of family! They’ll be there when things get rough and celebrate your accomplishments with you. Regardless of what you do, family will stay by your side. This year, the support of my family has meant a lot to me.

To make this year better, we decided to spend quality time, away from everyone. We took a family vacation to Cancun; that was truly magical. Our last family vacation was more than 10 years ago so this was much needed.

Always aim higher

Not everything was bad in 2017. I encountered amazing opportunities and collaborations like shown below.

Never stop at the minimum.

1.  Physicians Formula Brunch at The Hampton Social

2. Hosting the UNK x Forever 21 event

3. Volunteering in the Leading Ladies Luncheon for the Daisie Foundation

4. Collaboration with Tobi

5. Featured post on Glamhairus

6. Attend NYFW for the second time

7. Work with Michael Hill Jeweler

8. Go on Live TV!

 


 

2017 was full of lessons and adventures. I don’t plan on making any New Year’s resolutions because I won’t complete them (haha). Instead, I’m taking it one month at a time. For January, I’ll start organizing my blog content. What would you like to see more of in 2018? Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? How was 2017 for you?

Leave your answers in the comments below! I would love to respond to them 🙂

Thank you for making 2017 a memorable one; I couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Best,

Michelle