I cannot believe how quickly 2018 came and went. At the beginning of this year, I wasn’t in such a great place mentally and I was determined to make 2018 better than 2017.

Reflecting on the past year is a great way to see the progress you’ve made, so here is my reflection of 2018.

Starting Off 2018

I started 2018 off in Galveston, Texas with my husband and my dog. We were just visiting and went back to our house on Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio shortly after the holiday. It is no secret that I hated Del Rio. Still, I was determined to make the most out of our remaining time there and work on healing myself.

My 2018 Motto

I decided on my motto for 2018 in the last few months of 2017. My motto was, “if it doesn’t evolve me, then it doesn’t involve me.” I applied this to every aspect of my life. It was tough at first, but I would remind myself of this motto. I had it as my wallpaper on my phone for awhile. I became very selective about the people I allowed close to me. If they filled me up instead of draining me, then I focused on them. I developed a few amazing friendships in 2018 and I also distanced myself from a few others. I couldn’t believe how relieved I felt after I started becoming selective about the company I surrounded myself with.

Achieving and Healing

I got back into the gym in 2018. I have spent a majority of this year working out in some way, shape, or form at least twice per week. It also helped that I gained a gym buddy in one of the close friends I made and we really held each other accountable. I no longer workout to look good or for aesthetic purposes, but I workout because it makes me happy and strong.

Other things I wanted to do this year included making more time to do the things I love. I spent a lot of 2017 wasting time in front of the television and on social media. I wasted a lot of time trying too hard to get people to like me, even if it meant neglecting things that were important to me. The main goal I set for myself in this regard for 2018 was to read ten books. I know that is not much to some people, but with my schedule and busy life, I decided ‍ten books would be challenging but achievable. I reached my goal back in November. I have read a few different types of books this year, from A Street Cat Named Bob to some girly books to the first book of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Next year, I will continue with reading and set my goal a little bit higher on Goodreads! Other things I made time for include writing, blogging, photography, and hand lettering.

During the first half of 2018, I was focused on healing and taking care of my mental health. Looking back, I really think I did a good job! After awhile of sticking to my motto, it became natural for me. It still is natural for me to not be involved with things that do not otherwise benefit me or my life.

Of course, things have come up over the year that I haven’t liked. Some things have been downright devastating. I can’t ignore all of the bad, but I can choose how I react to it and how I let it impact the way I live my life.

Moving Back to Tucson

After we moved back to Tucson in September, things got even better because I truly consider Tucson home and I love it here. I have been able to fall into a routine and even though I spend most of my days by myself, I am not lonely. I have a few of my closest friends in Tucson and I don’t feel so far away from my other friends that live elsewhere. I am doing better at keeping in touch and I think a lot of that has to do with my mental health.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have days when I am feeling down or my anxiety is getting the best of me. Thankfully I have the coping skills and support system I need to get me through these days.

2018 has been an amazing year, overall. I re-enlisted, Michael graduated from UPT and started his B-course, I became more serious about making my blog a business, I started my podcast, and I even got out of the country for a bit this year. It has been a year of growth and healing.

My 2019 Motto

Honestly, my motto for 2019 is the same as it was for 2018. This motto has served me well and I am sure it will continue to.

Reflection is so important because it shows us how we have grown, what we have achieved, and what we need to work on. Make sure you take some time before 2019 arrives to reflect on your 2018.

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