Reflections of 2017

HAIII! This is a lil' two part post on our reflections of 2017, and our hopes/goals for 2018!!!

 'Sup, Friends.

You know that saying " Time Fly's When You're Having Fun"?..... Well WHAT THE FECK is it about adulthood that makes time fly  SO fast, whether you're having fun or not?! We swear to Jeebus it feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating ***NeW yEaRs EvE 2017*** (cue confetti), and BAM! Here we are. a week into 2018. Da Fuq? (cut to confusion).

In the past week, it's been nearly impossible to avoid the "Top 9 2017" posts, or "2017 just wasn't what I wanted it to be", or the "New Year, New Me/2018 is MY Year/I'm leaving my issues in 2017" etc. etc. Hearing and Seeing all of these has caused us to reflect on our own 2017s, and everything that came along within those short 365 days.

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While 2017 wasn't the worst year of our lives

it DID definitely hold many ups and downs

Highest High -

  • (Laura) 12AUG17, my Wedding Day! I got to marry the love of my life; surrounded by the best friends and family a girl could ask for. It was a day filled with giggles and Bud Light Lime and Champagne and dancing and Hawaiian shirts and pizza and endless endless endless love. It was the Best, and anyone who else got married in 2017? sorry, but my wedding was better than yours.
  • (Amanda) So this one could go in my little travel section but hey I did't get married this year so I have to try and top Laura SOMEHOW. Right? Right? The best part of my year was the solo trip I took to Iceland for the first week of my summer block leave. I had wanted to go to Iceland since I saw some amazing photos of someone scuba diving in the Silfra Divide. I did a little research, booked a flight and a rental car, and made my way to Iceland. I am so appreciative of this trip for so many reasons, but the biggest one is how proud I was of myself for doing this. I have traveled alone before, but I had no plan, no reservations, and no one to lean on. If you have never taken a trip like this before, DO IT. Not saying you have to go as far as Iceland. Just pick a place and go.

Lowest Low - 

  • (Laura) Right around my 25th birthday, I was diagnosed with pretty bad anxiety and it changed my entire outlook on myself. Not that I think badly about myself, nor anyone who is dealing with mental health issues, but "Anxious" just wasn't something that I would ever describe myself as. Last spring, I was working in a job that I hated, for people I wouldn't describe as the "Best Bosses Ever", and was a carrying a workload that probably should've been shared by 3 or 4 people. Also throw in planning a wedding from overseas, and you may understand where my anxiety was stemming from. I am still working that same job, but fortunately, now I DO have people I would describe as Amazing Bosses, and I now have a Phenomenal partner to help me run my shop. I'm still working through that anxiety, but I'm hopeful with time (and the right medication because.... science) that my anxiety doesn't affect my life as much.

Biggest Life Change-

  • (Laura) Becoming a Dog Mom!!!!! Eddy and I adopted Ellie in July, and our lives haven't been the same. I have never felt this type of love before, and I often catch myself looking at Ellie with the loving gaze normally reserved for mothers looking at their babies (sorry). She has taught me so much about patience,maintaining a normal schedule, and the importance of taking the quiet roads because god forbid she hear a noise that she doesn't like. In all seriousness, I am a Much more responsible/caring/patient adult, and its all thanks to the chillest Segugio around.

Travel, Travel, Travel-

  • (Laura) I was fortunate enough to travel quite a bit last year. I went from surfing in Portugal, to training in Slovenia & Germany (multiple times),  to wining & dining in France, then lounging in Tuscany (twice!). I sailed & partied in Barcelona, kayaked the Swedish Archipelagos, ran THE Marathon in Athens, then ended the year in Japan. I am so thankful that I live in a place that makes it so easy to travel all to all these beautiful places.
  • (Amanda) Hmm. I went a fewwww places this year. I rang in the new year dancing my ass off in Amsterdam. I went to Krakow and saw Auschwitz, did some work travel in Slovenia and Germany (same ol', same ol') saw Paris as a grown up lady woman (who cares if it's with your best gal pal instead of yo man? MAYBEEEE I didn’t have a steady man then and hey, I had even more fun riding ferris wheels, breaking city bikes (oops) drinking lots of wine, and seeing that sparkly ass tower at night. I went to Greece for the third time, one of my all time faves. This time I went to Crete and drank a lot of Greek Beer and ate way too much good seafood and feta cheese. I made an amazing new friend on a work trip to Skopje, Macedonia. I partied my behind off in Barcelona, slept it off on the beach, went sailing and ate some good tapas. I went surfing in Portugal, went to Tuscany for a girls weekend with (wait for it) a stay at an awesome little villa with an infinity pool. I met the sweetest guy name Dave who took me on a lot of adventures, like hang gliding in Interlaken, Switzerland, a super boujie wine and art shopping trip to Montepulciano, an amazing Tuscan city, and a beautiful roadtrip around the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. I drank and ate my way across Prague, one of the coolest places ever, and visited one of my all time favorite places- Tel Aviv- for the second time. I ended the year with 2 of my best friends in Japan. Words can't describe, you guys. 

General Thoughts on the Year-

  • (Laura) This was definitely a year of discovering What exactly I wanted to do with my time and just Who I wanted to spend my time with. I'm at a point in my life where I don't exactly have a lot of free time, and lord KNOWS I'm not trying to waste it doing things I don't like to do with people who don't make me feel that great. I stopped going out as much, because I don't find drinking fun anymore. I started focusing my energy into more creative outlets like photography, writing, this blog, & cooking. I began relishing the quiet time at home that I used to avoid because of my terrible FOMO. But I also realized that when I gave into that FOMO, most of the time I ended up feeling lonelier than if I had just been alone. I lost quite a few "friends" in 2017 because of it, but ya know what? I'm perfectly okay with that.  This isn't to say that those people were bad, or boring or anything of the sort... they just weren't MY people, ja feel? While my friend group may not be the largest, I like to think its better to have 4 quarters than 100 pennies. And my "4 Quarters" are damn fucking great.
  • (Amanda) 2017 was a big year for me emotionally. I came to terms with my anxiety disorder and the choices that I was making that were hurting me emotionally. I said a final goodbye and walked away from a really painful relationship that had been dragged out for over 2 years. I learned what it meant to have someone really care for me and in turn was able to care for myself. I took amazing trips with some of my oldest and closest friends, I am so blessed that they were able to come and visit me (some making their 2nd or 3rd trip here). I ended the year with my family visiting and being so much more clearer headed than I was at the end of 2016. 2016 into 2017 was hard for me. I have been struggling to lose weight I gained when I was at the lowest point in my life, I was unhappier than I had ever been in my job, and that long and awful relationship I mentioned up there^ was wreaking havoc on me. This year was about shedding those feelings and continuing that into 2018. I pruned a lot of people out of my life. I am a true believer in quality over quantity when it comes to pretty much everything in my life, people included. This year is going to bring a lot of change, but it is much needed and I am really excited to see what it will bring. 
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So now that you've read our 2017 reflections...