Hello 2018, Goodbye 2017

Depending on the part of the world in which you live, this is either my last post of 2017 or first post of 2018. I personally love this intersection, and I am going to consider it as both.

I still have so many blog posts lined up from last year, which I will still post inchallah! In the meantime, I felt like I should post something to mark the end of 2017 and the commencement of yet another year. It is still difficult for me to wrap my mind around the fact that 2018 is already here. I can literally still remember counting in 2017 with loved ones. This year was different. This was the first year that I entered the new year completely alone.

I can not even describe in words how amazing it felt to usher in the new year with only my thoughts, music, and God’s presence to keep me company. I turned down all of the countless party invitations to start the year with a clear mind and me, myself, and I. Self-care is something I am determined to make a priority this year, and I decided that the best time to start was now.

2017 was a hard year. There were many things that made my heart heavy and even made me question whether life was even worth living. But I am beyond grateful for the countless blessings and highs – things that reminded me of God’s goodness and faithfulness. All of the hardships I faced helped mold me into who I am today and the woman I was destined to be.

I would be lying if I said that I have 2018 all figured out. I ended 2017 jobless, single, and broken. But I am still entering 2018 confident and with a huge smile on my face, because of Haggai 2:9. I know that what lies ahead will be more spectacular than anything I have already experienced and left behind.

How did you usher in the new year?

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