7:02 PM

How do I even begin to reflect on what was by far my most challenging, volatile, beautifully chaotic, emotionally draining, biggest self-growth year? So many events and individuals have shaped my year in varying capacities, so it just feels right to write one all-encompassing post to tie it all up.  This will definitely be the most personal post I've written so here it goes:

2017 started off on the wrong foot from the get-go and someone who was a huge part of my life is now no longer there.  I lost one of my best friends early this year and saying that it was a tough life adjustment is an understatement.  One thing that I've always admired about this person is their zest for life and that, I've tried my best to carry that with me through both my shining highs and darkest lows. With all the curve balls that were thrown my way - both the good and the bad - I think he would be proud of me.

2017 was a year of firsts - I ran my first 10K race, traveled alone for the very first time and explored the chaos of NYC solo, moved out of the family home and am learning to live alone (putting my years of Pinterest to use), finally landed my first Buying gig - new job in a new city at a new company that I've been lusting over for awhile now (cannot believe I've been part of not one but two companies' demise, but this one I'm beyond grateful for). On a more fun note, I've also discovered some new hobbies that I didn't even think I'd like (barre class, anyone?). Not really a first but I need to mention how appreciative I am of all the friendships that have progressed/evolved this year - ya'll know who you are!

The ups and downs of this year were so extreme - there wasn't much of a middle ground. I'd like to think I'm pretty good at keeping it together to those around me but don't always trust what you see on the outside. Those closest to me have seen me struggle. Though there were obviously some great things that transpired this year, there was a lot of change happening all at once, and it was incredibly overwhelming.  I've also met some interesting characters this year - a stark reminder that some people are only meant to pass through your life as a lesson to be learned.

A lot of the time, I felt like I couldn't even catch my breath before having to tackle the next challenge but one of my biggest takeaways from this year is that you're waaaay more resilient than you think.  I've definitely surprised myself. I’m grateful for the opportunities and the learnings but I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited for that clock to strike twelve! I’m really looking forward to see what next year has in store. To everyone who made it this far down the post, thank you for letting me share this with you. To you reading: keep kicking ass and show 2018 who's boss.

x, minh

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