As we celebrate the very last weekend of 2017 (can you believe it?!), I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite looks this year and take a look back at my journey into adulthood. I love doing this every January to remind myself how far I’ve come and to set goals for where I hope to go. Keep scrolling to see my favorite outfits by month and to read about how I found my faith this year!
As I reflect on 2017, let me first start with the happy ending (how all stories should begin, am I right?). This may be the first time in my life I’ve felt completely at peace – not just content, but truly, genuinely happy. While the year is ending on a good note, there’s no denying that 2017 was tough one. I don’t exactly think I went into the year with my head on straight and I certainly didn’t know what my new “adult” life was going to look like. I started my first full-time job in NYC and let me tell you – it. was. HARD. (Anyone who is a recent college graduate will understand…it’s a complete lifestyle shift going from college to the working world!) In February, I moved into a new apartment in upper Manhattan. Again…it was HARD (see my Guide to Apartment Hunting in NYC here!) Then, I dove head first into the NYC dating scene. Woof. Ha! – okay, it wasn’t THAT bad. Let’s just say I met a lot of… interesting people and none of them were exactly a match. Hey – I really gave it the ol’ college try!
It was around June when my life started to change. I remember feeling really down about how my year was going and I just didn’t feel excited about anything in my life. My best friend had sent me a package to cheer me up – inside was candy (duh!), candles, a coloring book, sage, a crystal and this book. I was a little hesitant to read it because it was a Christian book and (even though I considered myself religious) I honestly didn’t think I’d like it. After giving it a read, it finally occurred to me what was missing in my life; why I was so unhappy. One word: Faith. Where in the world was mine?! I realized that I had very little faith in myself and even worse, I didn’t even know that I could put my faith in Jesus. Maybe it’s going too far to say that this book “changed my life,” but it dang-near did.
I decided to start attending services at Hillsong Church in NYC. Even though I grew up in church and I “believed,” I was really nervous to go somewhere that was SO different. When I got there, there were thousands of people just like me. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting that. Week after week, I continued to go. No matter how I was feeling or how desperately tired I was, I dropped everything and went to church. Soon, I started to see my life changing in front of me. I began to see things and people differently. Situations that would’ve normally infuriated me (like train delays or plans that fell through), became opportunities to be a “light.” My friend and I always joke about being a “beacon of light” in an otherwise dark city. It makes NYC sounds like a sad place, but it’s not! I think a city that hustles 24/7 just needs a place to pray every now and then. Hillsong has become that for me!
Whew! Reflecting on an entire year can be both happy and a little painful. It’s not always a joyful hop and skip down memory lane. Especially in the world of social media where everything is “perfect,” I think it’s important to reflect on the bad times, too. May we learn from them, may we grow from them!
So here’s to 2018! Sending all my love –