That says it all, right? Bye Felicia. 2017: You were a weird year and I’m happy to see you in the rearview mirror. There were good things, of course, and lots of bad things too. You can guess who is responsible for all the bad things. The sleepless nights. Anger. Sadness. Frustration. Shock. Disappointment. But also Resolve. Outrage. Strength. Sisterhood. Resistance. I call him Emperor Baby Fists. Hopefully, someday soon I can say Bye Felicia to him.
I actually wasn’t planning on recapping 2017 because there wasn’t much to say. But after some thought, there were a couple of highlights and a-has from the past year that I wanted to share with you. So here we go.
I Am Getting Healthier Every Day
I say this with immense pride, almost vulgar pride. And I am not ashamed. For years, I moaned and groaned about my weight. Proclaimed this would be the year that I got fit, then did nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. But last year I did something. I put together a doable plan, worked out six times a week, ate better and took care of myself. Most importantly — I saw results. I’ll talk more about this in a later post, but I’m down two pants sizes and my goal is in sight. This is truly something to celebrate and remember!
Viva La Resistance
Listen, I know it has been a hard year. Bone-crushing hard. And yet … I feel okay. Not great. But okay. And most definitely not defeated. We knew it would be tough but man — did we rise up to meet the challenges! I don’t think Trump intended to do this, but he woke a sleeping giant: Women. I love seeing women (and yes, men too) come together. To strategize and find solutions. And make real change occur. From #MeToo to Time’s Up to women pursuing public office in record numbers: Women will lead the way. For a long time, we’ve allowed antiquated ideas of what a women or lady is to be our guide. But no longer. Because a real lady or woman who is smart, compassionate, tough and strong is exactly what the world needs right now. And I am so proud of all the women stepping up and leading the way.
Some Much Needed Perspective
I’ve been honest about my depression and anxiety struggles. They suck. I’ve probably been less forthcoming on how they have stalled my life, personally and professionally. I feel like the hamster spinning endlessly on the wheel, hoping to go somewhere different but stuck in the same place. I used to feel a certain amount of jealously when people went on fun vacations or even how socially busy they were. It felt like I did nothing. Because I did nothing. And that’s on me. My mind was (still occasionally is) cloudy but it’s clearing up. The old me is coming back into focus. She’s a bit pissed at me, which is good. 😀 I expect 2018 to be different and know the person who will make it different … and full and satisfying … is me.
2018, Here I Come
Every year I secretly wish that this will be my year. The year everything falls perfectly into place and everything comes up roses. I recognize that this is a bit of pipe dream because life is never perfect. It’s messy and ugly at times but always wonderful too. Still, I do believe that 2018 will be a tremendous year of positive change for me and you and even the world.
It’s been dark for some time, but I can see the sun … can you?
What’s your best moment from 2017?