It is time once again to say goodbye to one year and hello to the next. 2017, which I dubbed the “year of inspiration” at its beginning, proved to be just that. This year has really been something amazing, in both good and bad ways.
This year brought us so much travel, and the breaks from real life we got from these travels were much needed. In May, we traveled to Italy with Sam’s family, a trip that has been in the works for just over a decade and finally came to fruition.
In June, Sam and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on top of a mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
In September, Sam turned 30 years old in Baud, France, and we spent several more days exploring castles and the city of Paris.
Seeing all of these wonderful places, celebrating such incredible personal milestones, and learning more about the world in the process was truly inspirational in 2017, this “year of inspiration.”
We also were inspired by our travels, by the political turmoil in our country, and by the good fortune we’ve received personally, to donate more to the causes that we love and care about. In addition, Sam made sure to keep us active in our own community. His giving nature is an inspiration to me always, not just in 2017.
Personally, Sam and I also moved on from our very first Chicago apartment, which was dark and odd but still very precious to me, to a new apartment that is bright, airy, and indicative of where we are as Chicagoans. We truly made a transition from tourists to locals this year, and the city of Chicago continues to inspire me each day.
Professionally, I grew and achieved more this year, but that growth also came along with a very profound amount of stress. This stress unfortunately permeated a lot of other aspects of my life, and I am ending this year inspired to make that different in 2018.
Sam and I are so lucky to have such amazing family and friends in our lives as well, and they inspire me every day. I have friends and family who have had joy permeate their entire year. I have friends who have suffered terrible loss and have endured unfair blows from life in 2017. Their endurance, love, and will have inspired me to be the best friend, and moreover, best person that I can be.
And so, I find that it is time to say goodbye to the “year of inspiration.” It will live in my memory for a long, long time.
I now say hello to the “year of creativity” that will be 2018. Sam will be finishing his book that he has worked on for over six years in 2018, and I plan to reignite my creative spark in several ways. One of which will be taking a pottery class that Sam purchased registration for as a Christmas gift to me, and hopefully another will be that I am more actively writing here again.
Whatever 2018 brings, I hope that we all find what we are looking for.