It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on WordPress and a lot has happened since my last Blogmas post. As you can tell, I didn’t “continue through until New Years”. I straight up abandoned y’all!
Well, for starters, my brother-in-law, and his girlfriend arrived on Christmas Day and we ended up spending as much time as possible together until ringing in the New Year. I’m so glad he came to visit us and we were able to spend time together. It was, truly, the perfect way to end a blessed year, and that’s the kind of attitude and feeling I want going into 2019.
For the past several weeks, I’ve also been reading Marie Kondō’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Once I got nearly a third of my way through, I found out that there is actually a Netflix series about her books as well! Although I’m unsure how everyone else is receiving this new series, but for me, I find it quite interesting, and even soothing, to watch.
The home is now very important to me. Having a safe and comfortable place to live is something I really cherish. I want to honor the blessings of having shelter.
Ultimately, this is where I want to start my journey when it comes to bringing gratitude into the New Year.
I want to thank my home for giving us shelter, safety and comfort.
Part of that, I think, is treating my home with care, as well as my belongings.
In truth, for a long time, I was afraid of attachment to my belongings because we did lose everything. It’s only recently that I’ve realized that I can, in fact, enjoy and appreciate what it is I have, now, and allow it to serve it’s purpose to me, now. The past is the past, and the future is always uncertain, but that doesn’t mean I cannot seek joy today.
There is no question that 2018 was, how do they say it now? One for the books. It’s a year I will probably always remember — a time of growth, healing, and redemption.
So many wonderful things have happened, but here is a “short” list of the very best:
- I reconnected with my family, including my Grandmother, as well as my parents.
- I reconnected with many old friends.
- In January, I met my broker, Jay, who spent almost 4 months helping us find an apartment.
- We found our nest, and it’s perfect.
- Thomas landed a better job in February.
- I met Mark from Invisible People, and we started working together in April.
- I launched this blog and started writing Scar Tissue. I’ve made and build wonderful connections through my story.
- In May, I landed a union job at a local community college.
- I landed another job, with the research foundation, shortly after.
- I met and became very close with several new colleagues.
- I opened a credit building savings account, and raised my credit score 50 points.
- In August, I received flowers, balloons, put up decorations, and Thomas baked a cake for my 28th birthday.
- I’m slowly starting to re-build my wardrobe.
- I’m beginning to find myself again. This has increased my self-confidence.
- I’ve prioritized and improved both my physical and mental health.
- This year, I made it a habit to walk several miles, 4-5 times a week, and eat as clean as possible.
- In October, I joined our on-campus Urban Farm.
- I started investing in home decor, and even put up seasonal items in our home.
- I took an interest in, and started pantry-filling/stock-pilling for a rainy day.
- I’ve built a habit (and learned how to) clean and organize my space.
- In December, Thomas and I both received a multitude of gifts for Christmas from friends and family. Thomas, who is a counselor, received several gifts from students and parents. I also received several gifts from colleagues.
- I was invited to and attended several Christmas parties.
- I had some time off for the holidays.
- We spent Christmas with family.
2018 was my year. And, you know what? 2019 will be my year too.