I generally post my year’s roundup by mid-December, but for some reason I’ve been putting off writing it.
It’s strange really, as this year has been great in most ways, but at the same time it’s also been emotionally draining. It’s taken its toll. I feel like I’ve aged a couple of years and I can see it when I look in the mirror and I can feel it in my bones.
I made a big professional decision this year – I chose my mental health. I’ve always been a workaholic, the person who put her work above everything else – friends, family, health – I would go above and beyond no matter the personal consequences. I walked into a job that demanded more than its pound of flesh. I struggled with the thought of leaving because I saw it as giving up and failing, two concepts I don’t entertain and generally I would stay and prove myself wrong – that I can do it, and do it well. Something changed this year though and I chose mental health, I chose to take time off to get my head together – a sabbatical – after which I chose to take a job with a company filled with familiar faces and a boss I knew valued a balanced life. And I can promise you that I don’t regret it. I am much more relaxed, I have time for friends and family and time to just nap, read and binge watch a whole lot of series. It’s been amazing, life changing. I will forever encourage anyone to choose a less stressed life.
This year has grown me in so many ways and I have become wiser because of it. I’ve found my inner strength again and feel empowered in myself again.
Besides the above, I’m still in an incredible relationship. We’ve just spent our second Christmas together and I can’t be any happier than I am. We’re still madly in love, we laugh a lot, we have a lot of fun and we share a deep and intimate connection.
I didn’t blog that much this year as I only do so when I feel inspired. Although I love blogging, follow the most incredible bloggers and have made amazing friends in the industry, sometimes the politics and cattiness get out of hand, and make me take a step back. Since when did blogging become just about advertorial? I remember a time when we just wrote because we loved it and wanted to share, with a couple of advertorials in between. I would love for it to go back to that. I will blog more in 2018, about everything that I like, find inspiring and want to share.
Here’s to a great 2018 to you and your loved ones.