Living Without Fear in 2018

The end of 2017 is here, and I imagine there are many of us who are pleased to say farewell to the year. While I had many moments of personal triumphs, some days, it was hard to exist as a woman of color in Trump’s America. Nevertheless, I persisted. Nevertheless, we persisted.

As a society, we were challenged by this year—at times, vexed, angered, exhausted, overwhelmed. But we were also determined, committed, disciplined, hopeful, and driven, and that’s got to count for something.

I’ve been seeing so many resolutions for 2018 and, perhaps it’s just me, but they seem to be much more thoughtful than I’ve seen in years past. Resolutions to be kinder, to live more meaningfully, to be patient, and one I’ve seen again and again is to live without fear.

As someone living with anxiety, living a life without fear simply isn’t possible for me. But I do think I often let fear hold me back from pursuing things I’m interested in. I’ve gotten better about that in recent years and, as I get ready to look 30 in its face, I’d like to try to adopt a modified version of that motto for 2018: live with less fear. It doesn’t sound as pretty, but it feels more achievable for me, so I’ll try to embrace it.

I spent 2017 trying to live a life I could look back on and be proud of, and I think I mostly achieved that. I traveled. I went on adventures. I laughed. I cried. I persevered. I took leaps of faith. I challenged myself. I tried new things. I said goodbye to things I loved. I said hello to things that scared me. I loved. If I can do all of that again in 2018, it will be a good year.

Here’s to some of the lovely (and not-so-lovely) things I experienced in 2017*…

*some of the captions below may not make sense because they’re part of old posts, but just roll with it!

 

…And to a 2018 with less fear.

Happy New Year, all.

xo.

2015 in Review and 2016 Resolutions

I usually get to the end of the year and think of all the ways it was rude to me. But this year, I’m thinking of all the ways life was good to me.

In 2015, I…

 

Love Thy Selfie 2015

And a few of my favorite selfies of 2015!

In 2016, I vow…

…Not to take myself too seriously. Honestly, I’m not as big on resolutions as my dog is.

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New year, new me!

Instead, here are a few (vague) things I’d like to work toward in 2016.

  • Read 25 books
  • Get (more) active
  • Take a more photos (and work in a few outfits of the day!)
  • Budget my money!!!
  • Focus on gaining experiences instead of things
  • Travel

What about you? Was 2015 good to you? And what are you hoping to do in 2016?