A Year in Retrospect

It seems like just yesterday that it was New Year’s Day 2017, with the whole calendar year spanning ahead of me.

At that time, I intentionally stated that 2017 would be a transitional year for me, full of many changes and accomplished goals. In retrospect, I can confirm without a doubt that this past year was indeed definitely “my year”.

In January, I began my newly promoted role as the Director of my department.

In February, I traveled to Cuba and checked off one of my longest/most highly coveted travel destinations on my bucket list (spoiler alert: IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!)

In March, I finally moved into my own apartment!

By April, I was officially down 25 pounds from when I began boxing and working out weekly with my personal trainer a few months earlier.

By summer, I was not only thriving in my leadership role at work, but I was receiving attention and many compliments from very important and distinguished executives and Board members within my organization who were taking notice of my hard work.

Also during this time, I began writing again, thanks to Project Wednesday! I had taken a few-years-too-many hiatus from writing and had avoided writing ever since. However, it seemed that the more I avoided it, the harder it knocked on my door.

By fall, I was making some pretty big personal life decisions that would be steering me in a different direction but putting me on the path toward goals I have set for the future. Although it seemed scary, and also sad to be closing certain chapters in my life, I knew in my heart it will be worth it when I do accomplish certain goals I am planning for the next few years.

In December, I was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through my job to attend a private and intimate personal performance by Andrea Bocelli… AND THEN MEET HIM. How many people can say that?! (sidebar: For anyone reading this who does not know who this man is, I demand you to go type his name into YouTube right now. I’ll wait…)

This entire year has felt like one long magical dream, filled with many unexpected blessings, and I kept proverbially “pinching myself” these past 12 months to make sure I was really awake! Of course, not every single moment was all “sunshine and rainbows”, and I did deal with my own fair share of sad or frustrating moments. But in the grand scheme of things, this year personally really was better than I could have ever imagined… and it is only just the beginning! I plan to take the momentum from 2017 and roll right into 2018, busting out, even more, accomplishments and continuing achieving new goals.

So I ask you this: What are your goals for this upcoming year? What would you like to accomplish? At the end of 2018, what would you like to be looking back on with pride?

Maybe you also had an eventful and productive 2017 like I did, and likewise plan to roll right into 2018 on that momentum. Or maybe you need a little push to get the ball rolling.

If you are “rolling into 2018”, all I have for you is a major high-five and a “Get it!”

If you need a little push, here is my little piece of advice:  Start! Somewhere. Anywhere. JUST MAKE SURE YOU START!

Starting is usually the most difficult part. Even if the goal feels impossible, or seems like a huge mountain that needs to be climbed, do it anyway! Try! Chip away at it, a little bit at a time, and I promise you that when you look back, after all, is said and done, you will feel like it was a piece of cake!

All I know is that in life, 9 out of 10 times nothing is just handed to you… unless the Universe is collaborating with you to present you with exactly what you worked toward. You see, the most important part in all of this is deciding exactly what it is that you want, and then intentionally setting out to go get it. The Law of Attraction and the power of positivity are powerful tools, my friend, and I advise you to become well acquainted with them!

So, decide now. What will your 2018 look like?!

Antonella Recchia

Antonella is a gypsy soul with a passion for traveling, experiencing other cultures, and trying new things. Her “happy places” include airports, libraries, and Japanese restaurants. She enjoys reading, creative writing, music, kickboxing, risky/high-speed activities, and food! Her favorite things in life are crafting a good story and making people laugh. While she is still on a journey to figure out her exact life purpose, she is on a mission to be what she’s destined to be!

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