It’s surreal to think that tomorrow is the last day of 2017. Even though all of the holidays have come and passed, it still feels crazy that a brand new year is about to start. As I’ve been thinking over the goals I want to set for myself in 2018, I’ve also been reminiscing over the past 12 months and all of the things I’ve accomplished during that time. 2017 wasn’t a bad year for me. While every year has it’s ups and it’s downs, this one was mostly positive and there were some really great things that I got to check off my goals list.
2017 was a really good year for my mental health. This is something I don’t talk about much, but I have panic disorder and mild depression. After trying different amounts of medication for the past couple years, I’ve finally found what works best for me and as a result, only struggled with 3-4 panic attacks this entire year (I used to have panic attacks every few days, so this is a huge improvement). In general, I’ve felt happier than I have in awhile, which has allowed me to be more creative and productive. I usually struggle with seasonal affective disorder during the fall and winter seasons, but this year was incredibly tame compared to others. I’ve actually felt extremely inspired this season and have gotten so much more done than I usually do.
One thing I wanted to work on this year was my photography, and I really feel like I’ve made some positive improvements. I’ve learned how to get the most out of my limited source of natural light, collected a great little assortment of props to use in my photos, perfected my flatlays, and learned some new photoshop techniques that have made editing a breeze. For the first time in awhile, I feel completely happy with my blog photos and am excited to keep learning and improving.
A goal for myself this year was to embrace simple living. Throughout 2017, I’ve been doing things to declutter, downsize, and eliminate anything unnecessary in my life. This was particularly easy to do over the summer when I moved out of my apartment. I was able to go through all of my belongings and get rid of all of the excess. It doesn’t just stop with clutter though – I’ve also tried to be more conscious of the products I buy, choosing quality over quantity and only buying things I actually need. I’ve definitely got more progress to make, but I’m proud of the changes I’ve made so far and I’m looking forward to working on this further in 2018.
Getting a grip on how I use my time has been a huge accomplishment for me this year. For the longest time, my schedule had very little structure and I definitely wasn’t getting as much done each day as I could have been. This year, I made a focused commitment to stick to a proper sleep schedule – going to bed at 9pm or 10pm, and waking up by 6am. Getting a full night of sleep during normal hours has vastly improved my overall mood as well as productivity. I’ve also created a better work schedule for myself, which has allowed me to get all of my work done efficiently and in a timely matter, as well as giving me more time to focus on things like social media and working with brands. Out of everything I’ve done this year, getting a handle on my time management has probably delivered the most payoff.
What’s something positive you’ve accomplished this year?