It’s hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. It has been a difficult yet productive year, full of life lessons, growth, and learning to deal with situations I never knew how to handle.
Needless to say, I’m extremely grateful for everything I’ve been through this year.
I did a little exercise this morning to visualize what my life would be like in two years. I thought about all of the things I enjoy today- strolls through the park, simple Saturdays in the sunshine, coffee mornings, and people watching along Charles Street. I thought about what gives me purpose, passion, and peace, and how I want those passions to manifest through my work and my writing.
Most importantly, I thought about how I want to feel.
Each and every day I’m taking steps to make my goals and dreams a reality. From writing to working with others, I know the lessons I’ve learned in 2018 will take me into the New Year. 2018 began much differently than it is ending- and the real change is what’s on the inside.
I began by writing a letter to my future self, describing all of the things that already bring me joy. I thought about where I want to be mentally, where I want to live, and what I would want to be doing. I wrote about healthy friendships, finding a partner, and doing work that I love. However, the biggest takeaway was this:
I will continue to love myself.
I ended my letter like this:
“It took a lot of hard work, reflection, and self care to get where you are today, but you have also learned you’re worth it. You will never have to take life for granted again.
Life is so much more beautiful through a clear lens, full of purpose and passion.
Love, 2018 Kristin”
So, kick back, get out a notebook, and start visualizing your own future. The sky is the limit, and remember: the only person who could ever hold you back from your best life is you.
I hope you have a beautiful end of 2018.