An ode to the new year!
Hello 2018! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve uploaded but I needed to take a second to reflect and to plan for this coming year. I think I can look back at 2017 and say that I would consider it my “break out year” thus far and its definitely due to some of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of last year. I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin, proud of my achievements and relationships, and confident in my risks and choices. Of course, none of it is truly self-made. I can’t express enough gratitude for all of the opportunities and blessings I’ve had this past year. The support from my close family and friends and all of you reading these blog posts has made it all possible. I feel loved. I feel powerful. I feel truly happy.
This blog is the physical manifestation of my progress. Growing up, I was always naturally introverted, a conformist afraid to stick out or make mistakes. I didn’t realize how much I was holding back until this year. I can’t remember exactly when I did it or what triggered the change, but I distinctly recall telling myself “why not?” and literally applying that to all my choices from then on. While I’m still on a track that I’m passionate about and still have concrete plans for my future, I’m no longer shutting myself out of the opportunities that I used to consider “out of character.” In short, I’ve learned to just say “yes,” with safety in mind of course, but where I’m intrigued, I go. And through this principle, I’ve met and become closer to amazing people who continue to push me. I’ve opened up and never felt closer to myself and my most valuable relations.
So, now that I’m done rambling, here are the resolutions that got me here followed by the ones I’ll be shooting for in 2018. I’m so so so excited for what’s to come. There’s plenty planned and even more possible so keep me accountable and don’t be afraid to reach out about any and all of these things!
by Kaitlyn Raymundo
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