3, 2, 1… A Reflection.

I attend a weekly DBT support group/class, and today, we did this activity. I thought it would be fitting to share it with you as my 2018 reflection.

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Cooper: My little furry friend I talked about here. He is such a good cat; he always wants affection and attention and even can sense when I need him to be extra cuddly. He brings me joy every single day!

My mom: I am of course grateful for my entire family, but my mom goes above and beyond to help me in ways that I need it the most.

Uber: My job has given me the feeling of independence and freedom again. I had gone a long time without being able to work, and so I am grateful every time I pick up a rider and make money. Not only that, but I love the job itself. Every rider is different, every destination is different, and I enjoy meeting so many new people.

Making/selling soap: My friend Ashlee and her mom sell soap and bath bombs for fun, and I thought it would be something fun to try. My mom makes different things as a hobby (jewelry and wine glasses) and it is definitely something I am going to look into.

Baking: I am barely a cook; I lack confidence in my skills. But I’ve watched a lot of baking shows lately (especially Nailed It) and I think it would be a huge accomplishment to bake something edible.

Dancing: I can do the white girl jiggle in place kind of dancing (though not well), but I want to learn how to ACTUALLY dance. Luckily, my boyfriend knows how, so this will certainly be something I can accomplish in 2019, easily.

Q in Chicago: I was fortunate enough to go to Chicago with my good friend Cheri to see Brian Quinn, whom I’ve talked about here, at an event in a small bar. He recognized us, we shared a few alcoholic beverages, and he once again gave me powerful words that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Meeting Joel: I’ve already talked about Joel here and here, but this has to be one of my top two favorite memories of the year — getting to meet someone who had so much influence on my teenage years.

My website: I have had a bit of a writer’s block and been busy for the holidays (and the entire month of December), but I want to get back to posting weekly and thinking of topics that can be helpful to anyone who stumbles across my page.

Volunteering through church: My church offers plenty of volunteer opportunities. Recently I received a list of organizations that I can help with, and now it’s just up to me to reach out and set something up. The two I am deciding between are Bundles of Love, an organization that makes kits for newborns, and a domestic violence shelter.

Impractical Jokers Cruise: In February the third Impractical Jokers Cruise sets sail from Tampa, Florida. I was fortunate enough to go on their second one in November of 2017, too. I’ve written about that show and how much it means to me here. It is an entire week of symptom free living for me, and I can’t wait to experience that again. Not to mention share a boat with The Tenderloins and hundreds of awesome fans.

Backstreet Boys concert: I’ve loved the Backstreet Boys since I was 12/13 years old. I’ve seen them live a few times, but haven’t seen them in concert for 12 years. My mom surprised me with a pair of tickets to their show in July for Christmas. I am taking one of my best friends who is so excited to go. It’s going to be the best! #TeamAJ

Loving myself: This is such an open ended answer and yet I am sitting here at a loss for how to really explain it. I guess it is self explanatory. I will say this year I have gotten a lot better at this, but I am still a work in progress.

Eliminated toxic people from my life: Once again self explanatory. I admittedly used to be so desperate for solid friendships that I sought them in all of the wrong places. I am also a fairly selfless and loving person, so, because of that, toxic people latched onto me like mosquitoes, sucking as much energy and love out of me as they could. Through therapy and increased self awareness, I recognized the toxic relationships in my life and got rid of them. I now surround myself with supportive, loving, wonderful people, and my quality of life has increased because of it.

So there you have it. My mini reflection of 2018. It was a year of ups and downs, highlights and lows. But overall I think this year was extremely positive and full of a lot of personal growth. I am looking forward to what 2019 will bring. xo

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