A Reflection of 2017.

I pondered a lot about what I wanted to post this Tuesday. Did I want to talk about all the amazing gifts I got this year? Not really, because for whatever reason, it didn’t really get me excited to write. Did I want to recap what I did this weekend? While it would have been a nice thing to look back on in the future, I figured it wouldn’t have interested you guys much (hey, I could be wrong, and if you want to know what I did this past weekend, leave a comment below!).

I decided that I was time to start reflecting on the year. While there is about a week left in the year, I’m pretty much I know how I feel about this year. This year has had loads of ups, and quite a few downs. I knew this year was going to be the best year yet. I don’t know if I was completely wrong last January, but I hope by writing this post, I will come to a conclusion.

I Traveled.

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I have been extremely bless this year in terms of traveling. I started 2017 with going to California with my best friend. You can check out posts about it here and here. I then went to the Poconos for a weekend. I continued to go on loads of mini adventures. In June I went on a cruise for my 23rd birthday! This was also an exciting adventure, and will be be a trip that I will always remember. You can read about this here and here (I’m sorry for so many links, but it is a reflection!). In August, I went to Costa Rica. This was so much fun, and if you want to read about it, you can check it out here and here! I even spend a few weekends in Connecticut to visit my brother, and that’s always a good time. Overall, I can say that I did and saw loads of new things that I’ve never experienced before.

I Lost Some Friends.

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I feel like this is something that happens every year as time progresses. While they hurt me at the time, I realized I have become much stronger in the process. While I have lost some friends, I realized who is there for me through thick and thin. Some people are there when it’s convenient. Some people are there for a good time. Some people are genuine. They are there for you when you need them most. They are there when you are at your worst. So, while I have lost some people that I never expected to, I have to say that I beyond grateful for the family that I have gotten to chose. Special shout out to Erika, Jill, Christina, Sofia, and Albert. I don’t know where and how I would be without you guys. You mean the world to me, and I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life.

My blog grew.

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I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it has become such a huge part of who I am today. I would have never thought that everything I have learned, everyone I have met, and all that I have accomplished would have had such a huge impact. I am so proud of how far I have come on this blog. I am happy for every comment, view, like, and retweet. A huge thank you to every single person who has supported me throughout the year. I hope my lil community continues to grow, and you follow me along the way.

While other things happened throughout the year, I have to say that these are the major ones. These three things are probably the most impactful. While there was one more thing I think I would have added, I have to say that some things are better left unsaid.

Overall, this year has changed me significantly. I feel like every year does that (what can I say, it’s the 20s!). I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me. I already know a few of my plans and I can’t wait to share them with you in the next few months! How has your year gone for you? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you guys have a wonderful day/night. Keep enjoying your holidays. Sending you all love, strength, and positivity!

-Melina xxx

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5 Replies to “A Reflection of 2017.”

  1. You did so much this year! I loved reading all your travel posts and bullet journal spreads. I felt like 2017 was a rocky year, but it had it’s fair share of ups and downs like your said.
    Also this is unrelated but I finally read A Monster Calls. I remember that you recommended it so I finally picked it up. It’s so sad!! I definitely cried at the end, thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed traveling in 2017…more travel is one of my goals for 2018. 🙂 And congrats on growing your blog!

    1. Where do you want to travel to?! and thank you so much love! xx

  3. It’s wonderful that you managed to travel as much as you did in year 2017, and to see and experience what you did. I’m sure you will cherish many of those memories. Congratulations on growing stronger and on your accomplishments. I love your blog.
    Wishing you serenity, health, courage, wealth, wisdom and happiness throughout the coming year. 😀

    1. It means the world when you tell me you love my blog! I literally touches my heart. I love writing on my blog for me, but to see other people enjoy it makes me tear up. Thank you so much! Happy new year, and can’t wait to get to know you more next year! xx

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