Sorry for the late post (as we are now over a week into 2019). After my trip I got really sick with a double ear infection that turned into a sinus infection. Basically, i got on my connecting flight in Atlanta and my ears didn’t pop once I was back in Madison. I’m feeling better now and I also started a new job as an administrative assistant! What that means for this blog is post might get slower, but won’t stop. I’m still trying to figure out a schedule so make sure you’re following the blog and social media so you don’t miss anything!
Going off of that, I wanted to do a reflection on 2018 which might have been one of the hardest years of my life. I spent the beginning of the year in my last semester of college. I really solidified my support group after my bad friend choices fiasco in 2017.
In my last semester I held three leadership positions, two honor society memberships, rebooted this blog, and participated in a shark tank type business competition as a finalist. I graduated in May with my best friend, Alex, in my Disney graduation cap and had the best graduation party!
Then, I had major surgery in June. I had scar tissue removed from my ovary. Post graduation is hard — it’s worse when you’re sick and moving halfway across the country. In July, I moved from Massachusetts to Wisconsin to end six years long distance with the love of my life, Josie. After I moved, I had a series of medical complications stemming from my surgery and Josie was so patient with me.
I’ve spoken about my mental health on here a bit and even about my chronic illness and I want to make a point to talk about it more in the new year. The last half of 2018 was really hard mentally. I was an unemployed graduate and was alone most of the day while Josie was at work. Which triggered my anxiety really badly. What made it worse was I was so homesick and most of my support system was back in Massachusetts.
I turned that energy into productivity. I unpacked everything and set up our new home. I threw myself into my writing and my blog. I got a really cool internship with a reiki studio doing social media, and most Importantly I went back to therapy! If you have mental health struggles I highly recommend it!
Point is: this year threw me through the hardest adjustment period of my life, but I came out the other side even better for it! I figured out I want to get my masters and be a writing professor. I quadrupled my blog engagement thanks to you awesome readers. And I learned that I’m stronger than I thought I was. Even if I don;t quite feel myself and settled yet, even if my current job isn’t my dream job, even if some life goals seem really far away right now, I know I’m going to be okay.
On New Years Day 2019 I spent the day with the love of my life at my favorite place in the world: The Magic Kingdom! If that’s not an omen for a good year, I don’t know what is. So here’s to magic and dreams and taking 2019 by storm! Thank you all for making 2018 the most valuable learning experience of my life and I hope you’ll follow me into 2019!
Happy New Year!