As 2018 comes to a close, this is the perfect opportunity to see how your year has been. Did you reach your goals? Did something totally new and drastic happen? Or was it same old, same old? Did you end up where you wanted to be? Or somewhere completely different?
For me, 2018 has been life-changing. I spent a lot of it still in survival mode from my crazy 2017, but as it comes to a close, I am transitioning back to thrive mode!
It's such a different feeling to have closure in something that flipped my life completely upside down. And it's a bit of an adjustment to no longer feel like I have to penny pinch and make sure I don't spend any extra money, just in case. That switch has taken a bit of adjustment...but it's one that is necessary. I can't continue to live like that!
I think it's fun to look back at the year and see how things have gone. I started 2018 in a bit of a rush. I thought I had found someplace to live for at least a few years, but it turned out I needed to find someplace and move within a matter of days. It was a whirlwind!
I then thought I could take a breather and that I would be okay for the next year. I traveled to Japan for almost 3 weeks...something I never even imagined! It was an amazing trip, but one that taught me a lot about myself and my heart and where I was in life.
When I got home, I very quickly realized I wasn't where I wanted to be. Things still felt like a constant struggle and I was unhappy with my living and financial situation. Something needed to change.
Over the summer, I started applying for several different part time jobs. Ones that I thought I would enjoy and could fit into my hectic schedule. I was contacted by a few different ones, had some interviews, but never heard back from any of them. Turns out, I was secretly glad that I didn't get any calls back.
But I was still looking for something. Per my last post, you learned I still had $4,100 left in credit card debt. I was terrified as to how I was going to pay it off. I signed up for Uber and Lyft, but never ended up driving for them. Also turns out, I didn't want to go outside what I was already doing.
In the summer, after Nick and I had been dating for a few months, he reminded me of my love for health coaching and how that would fit easily into my schedule. He also suggested I look into adding personal training to my schedule. It was like a light bulb went off. I mean, duh.
Yes, sometimes it takes someone else smacking you upside the head with information to remind you of the things that are important to you.
Things started changing when I added both of those back in to my life. It's been such a fun journey helping others reach their goals, both with health coaching and personal training. It brings me such joy to see others achieve their happiness, their lifts, their personal bests. It often brings me to tears (yep...I'm THAT girl, LOL).
In August, I abruptly moved again. It was a last minute decision, but one that was absolutely necessary. I was so stressed and unhappy and blah. Moving wasn't in the plans, but something that was desperately needed.
Since then, life has been on the upswing...a whirlwind of upswing. I found my happiness and bliss in health coaching and personal training. I finally got divorced...and then engaged. And I am in the midst of planning a small wedding...I get to marry my best friend, my love, my biggest supporter.
Life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need. It may not be what you thought you wanted...and it may not be in the way you wanted it, but it certainly gives you what you need.
I wouldn't change any of 2018. I've grown so much. Learned so much. Changed so much. And I'm so excited for what 2019 has in store for me.
Life will always have ups and downs...and now I have someone to share them with.
How about you? How was your 2018? I'd love to hear how it went. And I'd love to know what your goals are for 2019!
Have an awesome week! Hopefully, your Christmas shopping is done so you can relax heading into Christmas :)
With love and wellness,
Whitney (soon to be Decker)