A Year in Review: 2018

We’re eight days in 2019, but it’s taken me this long to have the stomach to be able to sit down and think back on what was 2018. It was a hell of a year for me – and I mean that, in many ways, it was absolute hell. It was messy from start to finish and filled with loss and grief and sadness, and I can honestly say I’ve never been so happy to put a calendar year behind me.

The year didn’t start off bad. Or at least, the first three days of 2018 were fine. I went to some hockey games, supported my husband in his endeavors, and enjoyed what I hoped would be a prosperous, happy year ahead.

Then, on January 4th, 2018, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59 – one week shy of his 60th birthday. Obviously, that threw quite a wrench into the year for myself and my family.

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Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

With the stroke of midnight, the calendar year of 2017 is now officially behind us. Welcome to 2018, where anything is possible. None of us can know what the new year is going to bring, but we can focus our energies on looking ahead, while still reflecting on what’s behind us.

Looking at the year behind us, there were certainly some incredible moments, and I definitely grew on several personal levels. After many long years, I finally got my driver’s license, something I’d been working on (and on, and off) for seven and a half years. On a personal level, my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. These were the two biggest moments of the year for me, and they weren’t insignificant.

My family expanded, as my sister-in-law got married, and that will continue into this year as they’re expecting their first child, which is so incredibly exciting. I also got to do some traveling, including one new state (West Virginia) and had some wonderful time by the Finger Lakes.

On a professional level, I got to keep writing, covering hockey and even found a few new opportunities to do so. I also seriously did NaNoWriMo for the first time, and although I didn’t finish it, it was a start – a start on a novel I hope to finish and publish, in 2018.

So what will 2018 bring? I don’t know, but I’m okay with that. I’m hopeful.

I definitely have some goals for the year ahead – including my aforementioned novel, provided I don’t totally dump it – but overall, I’m just trying to stay open-minded and open to what the year brings.

Looking Back on 2016

Alright, so it’s already a few days into 2017, but I’ve been meaning to take some time to sit down and reflect back on the year that was 2016. By and large, it was a fantastic year for me, and I’d be lying if I said otherwise.

In my personal life, I got married! July 16, 2016 was an amazing day, and I’ll always be able to look back on that day with fond memories. A few days later, we did our New England honeymoon, which was eye-opening and a new adventure in many ways for me. From my first time seeing the ocean, to whale-watching, to visiting six (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut!) new states… it was a trip to remember, and certainly one I’ll never forget! In the process, I also checked another MLB park off my list: Fenway. In other pieces throughout the year, I also saw cities like Syracuse (my first time really visiting), Cleveland (where I got to see Good Charlotte), Toronto and more.

I look forward to more traveling in 2017, including the trip we’re currently planning – a drive to & from Texas, which will be a whole new horizon for me (and possibly six, maybe more, new states!)

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