Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 WRAP-UP



..... UM WHAT? 2017 is almost over? Guess that means it's time to relfect on the year!

In 2017...

I took a journey of self-love- This was the most important thing I did for myself over the year. At times I felt I was completely committed to being more loving towards myself and other times I felt lost and distracted. Yet, the distractions didn't get in my way for long because I always found a way back. My journey with self-love taught me that I am worthy and that loving and focusing on yourself isn't selfish. By learning more about myself, I also could understand others better. There is still so much more to learn about loving myself but I am glad that I have taken the first steps!

God reinforced that he will always be with me- I went through a rough time in the middle of the year. I wasn't myself and I didn't understand that until I looked back. In all the madness of my life, God was with me. As I prayed with him, he helped me understand and be more accepting of everything that was going on. Without God and all the prayers my family prayed for me, I would not have been where I am today. God is with me in the very best moments of my life and in some of the worst.

I gave myself lots of positive pep talks- When there is a lot going on I tend to give myself A LOT of pep-talks. You'll see me walking down campus mumbling to myself... This year and fall term especially I had a lot of anxiety when it came to social situations. My nerves can really get the best of me but pep-talks are really my holy grail. Give myself some positive words and say a prayer if I remember! If there's no one to lift me up I'll do it myself! This year I can't even begin to count the many times I gave myself encouraging words to get through the day. The words I spoke to myself do wonders.

I dream journaled more often- I am extraordinarily glad that I got back into the habit of writing down my dreams. After I wake up from an adventure I write it down in a journal specifically for my dreams. I have always been fascinated by the dreams I have so dream journaling is something I really enjoy doing. DREAMS MAKE AWESOME STORIES. This is something I want to keep doing in the year to come!

The little things were appreciated more- I think I posted more appreciation posts than any other kind of post on my blog this year. I feel like I was always looking out for the "Sweet little things." When this year got hectic falling on lists of gratitude made me feel as if life was more colorful than it felt. The little things in life are some of the most precious things. Bigger moments are 10 times more appreciated when you learn to value the little things as well. 

Moments of 2017...

  • Getting a foot of snow in January 
  • Taking writing classes (Writing 121 and Creative Writing)
  • Seeing friends in Corvallis
  • Preparing for my sister's quinceanera and practicing all her dances with her
  • Seeing all my family when they came to visit in May
  • Sprint and hill running
  • Going to both my cousin's graduations. Two Graduations in one day
  • Finishing my first year of college
  • Playing Cashier for a month
  • Turning 20
  • Summer road trips to the gorge
  • Going to the beach with family friends
  • Dancing over the summer
  • Writing at the park
  • Starting year two of college
  • Attending beautiful December masses 

Music of 2017...

One Republic's Album Oh My My- I listened to this album forward and backwards this year. I loved it so much that I wrote a paper on it for a class assignment and still wasn't sick of it after having pulled out my trying to figure out how to explain how great this album was in words. I still can't write music reviews but I do think this album is really great. Oh My My, Let's Hurt Tonight, and Heaven are surpassing songs from the album. 

Hippo Campus's Album Landmark- I found out about this band from a friend and was hooked to their music from the second it touched my ear. There's something about indie rock that puts me in a happy state of mind. Songs that I loved are Buttercup, Monsoon, Way It Goes, and Simple Season.

Shoff's Album Somewhere Between Nostalgia and Paradise- This album is exactly what it seems like it would be. Very relaxed and WEIRD indie pop. I think I listened to this album so many times because it really made me feel Nostalgic. Eat Your Friends is about as random as the title but it was on repeat over the summer.

Other Randoms-
Grizfolk- Into the barrens and Waking  up the Giants
Ziggy Alberts- Runaway and Days In The Sun
Blanco White- The Lily
Alex Newell- Keep It Moving
DJ Cassidy- Honnor
Mako- Way Back Home
Mr. Probz- Till Your're loved
Pacific Air- Roses

Foods of 2017...
  • Iced ice
  • Waffles
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Smoothies (mainly too soft nice cream)
  • Pesto Pasta

Favorite Posts of 2017...

In a Relationship With Myself- To read more about the journey of self-love I took
Familiarity- A poem that had sweet memories attached to it
A Different Mindset -More about self-love
I Was Not Myself- The hardship of the year

40 comments:

  1. I loved this post! Looks like you had a great year xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. I'm so glad that you did! Thank you! Wishing you the best too!

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  2. You are so inspiring and encouraging. This was a wonderful post! God bless you and keep you in this coming year! 2017 was a year of change and growth and blessings. Don't forget what happened in the past, but don't dwell there either. Look forward for tomorrow, but set your sight on today and what God has given you right now! <3

    Jazzy

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    1. That means so much to me<3 I love the words you have said. I'm will keep them in mind!

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  3. Yay! It's been such an awesome year for you-- I've seen how powerful it has been for you <3 Wishing you the same success in 2018 :)

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    1. I am so happy that you could see that. I am wishing you the best this year too!

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  4. Sounds like you had an amazing 2017. Well done for taking the first steps towards self love! The writing lessons sound cool! Best wishes for 2018 xx

    louiselovesbeauty.com

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    1. It was a pretty good year! The writing classes were great, I recommend taking some! Thanks for reading!

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  5. loved the aesthetic of these photos.
    dream journaling sounds so cool!!!
    happy 2018!

    sophy of sophyslighthouse.blogspot.com

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  6. this is so so inspiring <3 congratulations on everything you've done! here's to another great year :D

    ~ noor
    bookmarkd

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    1. Thanks! Wishing you the best this year too!

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  7. girl we had a similiar year. i started school and fell into depression and anxiety that i am working on. thank you so much for this post xoxo

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    1. It's good to know there are people going through the things we face as well. Thanks for reading!

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  8. It's so good you can see how you've grown! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you. All the best! :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I am wishing you a great 2018 too!

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  9. Oh yes, those wild and wonderful pep talks we give ourselves. I found myself doing the same!
    And I have to agree - One Republic's new CD is fantastic!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. I give myself WAY to many, It's habit now! YES! Their album is awesome! Have a great new year!

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  10. I loved this post! It looks like 2017 was a really important year for you. I hope 2018 is even better! :)

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. It was. Hope 2018 is great for you too! Thanks for reading!

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  11. Ahh I love this! I love looking back on the year to see everything I've accomplished. :) God bless you in 2018!

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    1. I had a lot of fun putting together the reflection. Happy 2018!

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  12. It sounds like you accomplished a lot in 2017! Have a happy 2018!

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    1. This post makes it feel like I have done more than I feel like! Wishing you the best to come!

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  13. Well done for getting through the year and making all those positive changes in your life, proud of you girl!

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    1. Thank you! Feels good to look back at the year!

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  14. I love this post and I love you.
    It's been so amazing watching you mature and grow this year <3 I'm so in awe.
    xoxoxox
    elissa // letters-to-jayna.blogspot.com

    ALSO HOW DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE SUCH NICE PICTURES

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    1. AW GIRL. Thank you. You're too sweet! (Those pictures took forever to get right! Glad you like them!)

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  15. All that snow last January. Wow. I still am having a hard time believing we got so much.

    I've only listened to the One Republic album. Definitely have to go check the others out!

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    1. It was so incredible! Yes there album is awesome!Thanks for reading!

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  16. I loved this post, V! I'm glad to see you had a wonderful year! Best of luck in 2018! xo

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks girl! It's been a pretty good one! Best to you too!

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  17. awww I'm so proud and happy of how great your year went. I hope 2018 is good to you too :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! It'll be a great new year for us all!

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  18. I used to dream journal a lot when I was younger, but it's gone out of habit. I do agree dreams are the best places to garner story ideas, though! I hope your 2018 is awesome, Vanessa!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. You should totally start doing it again! It's sommuch fun if you have the time. Thank you for commenting! Have a wonderful year!

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  19. Vanessa, it sounds like 2017 was a great and defining year for you. Can't wait to see all this year has in store for you!! Wishing you all the best!!
    peridotcove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! 2017 was pretty great! Have a wonderful year as well. Thanks for the comment!

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  20. Glad you had a good year! Self love is so important.

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    1. It really is!! Thanks for the comment! <3

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