With long lies in, aching heads, and gurgling tummies, we wake into the first Monday of 2018 (and how lucky we are to have made it this far!)
To tribute the year of yesterday, I must say 2017 stands out as a very pivotal year. Personally, I can say 2017 has gifted me with the greatest amount of lessons I've had to learn yet, bringing me that little bit closer to figuring out this whole adult business.
Beginning very much with the intention of this blog, I learned how to network. I also learned how to find my first ever non-ballet job in a foreign country, selling my charisma, personality and work ethic instead of selling myself based on how high my arabesque can go. I learned how to fight for myself and be respected as an adult. I lived through my first financial crisis. I discovered winter bathing and became a proper addict. I went travelling to some of my favourite places. I met so many valuable new people. I fell in love. I learned how to say goodbye, and I learned how (or at least tried) to let go.
This has been a monumental year for the paradigm shift that's happened in my own life as I transitioned out of ballet and back into my schoolbooks, so 2017 will forever be special to me. I'm even a bit dismal it's over, but as with each new year, I can only hope that the next will be even more prosperous.
And on that note, here is my list of resolutions for 2018:
- Take everything one day at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself with the myriad of things cluttering your sight of the future.
- Know when it's time to take a rest.
- Maintain relationships, both near and far. Acknowledge which people will last forever and which were necessary in your life for only a chapter.
- Find clarity in what you truly want.
- Write more.
- Read more (for fun).
- Practice yoga regularly. Try a new sport.
- Be better about taking your vitamins.
- Always be considerate of other people. Know that everyone is fighting their own battles that you might not know about.
- Be open minded to the idea that what's meant to happen eventually will.
- Find what makes you an artist and treasure it. This is something sacred, never to be lost.