Rather than post about my favorites of the month, I want to just take a took at 2017 and give thanks. Too often, it’s easy to focus on all of the things that went wrong in the year and forget about all of our accomplishments. This year, I set several resolutions, and one of them was to practice gratitude. I incorporated that in my monthly favorites posts, but I wanted to take one more look at gratitude before the end of 2017.
This list isn’t all encompassing, but highlights a few of my favorite themes from the year. Check out last month’s favorite post for more.
Family and friends
In September, my PawPaw died and life hasn’t quite been the same since. He and my MeMe were married for (almost) 72 years. However, during that time, I was covered with prayer from family and friends. Even though he was 92, it reminded me that we aren’t guaranteed a specific number of days here on Earth, so I need to purposefully love my people daily.
Also, shout out to this gorgeous woman for turning 91 yesterday. She is the epitome of class, grace, kindness, love and so much more. My MeMe is my last remaining grandparent and I cherish every day I have here with her.
I have met some incredible women and grown closer to old friends this year. Two of my best friends in high school and I reconnected this year too. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great community and love the people in my life. God has put encouragers, motivators, funny, caring and compassionate people in my life.
In February, I will become an official aunt. Since Colton and I don’t want children of our own, we have always dreamed of having nieces and nephews to love and pour in to. Baby Lily will be here so soon and I cannot wait! Stay tuned for another baby shower tutorial in January.
This year, Colton and I traveled to several places together. One of my favorite things about our relationship is both of our love and desire to see the world. We made traveling a priority in our marriage many years ago, and in 2017 saw many parts of the world we hadn’t been to. Click on the links to see our travel guide for each destination.
We took our camper van, Maeve, on several adventures including camping at Lake Ouachita, Big Bend National Park, Marfa, Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park, King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park, Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest National Park.
Colton also attended a few music festivals in Maeve, and I even came along to one and loved it.
We spent some time in a few US cities we haven’t been to, including Tampa, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Denver. One of my favorite trips was glamping in Hood River and Portland. Although we have been to Portland before, we hadn’t spent any time in Hood River.
Also, I got to be bratty and ask for a trip to Mexico for my 30th birthday. I loved relaxing on the beach and stuffing my face with all of the delicious food.
I am one of those weird-o people who actually love my job. When I was 13, I knew I was going to be a counselor. It wasn’t until grad school I decided to become a school counselor. Even after the hardest days at work, I am still grateful for my school. I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. My school has the best students, parents, teachers, principal, community, environment and more. I pray that I inspire, encourage, and love my students the way they do me.
The Barre Code
For the last two years, The Barre Code has been my go-to place to work out. Not only do I love their workouts, but I love the community. These women challenge, motivate, and encourage me. I am excited for what 2018 will bring.
I hope you have had time to reflect on your year and highlight some of the things you are grateful for. Check back next week for my 2018 goals challenge and ways to simplify your goals.
What are you grateful for in 2017? Leave me a comment below.