What a year this has been, it started out with quite the bang for me. This time last year I was in a hospital in Prescott, Arizona experiencing the worst food poisoning as I sat by my passing Papa’s side through the night. On New Years day I rode next to him in a medical transport van to my hometown so he could be in his old home when he passed. He passed away shortly after I returned to Los Angeles for school. Throughout this time my family kept saying how good I was at caring for him and dealing with his dementia. Looking back I think that this experience is what led to my revelations later in the year.
I realized when I returned to school that there is more to life than what I was working towards and more importantly, that I want to help people. This thought has been in my mind throughout this year which has caused the shift that lead me to starting this blog.
Reflection is such a great tool, lately I’ve been so consumed by what I’m not doing and what I haven’t accomplished. Today I’ve been looking back and I realized how much I’ve overcome and achieved in just one year.
Highlights of this year:
- Papa passed away
- Started a business
- Camped at joshua tree
- Turned 21
- Graduated from college
- Moved to Sherman Oaks
- Climbed Half Dome
- Performed in the worst play, ever
- Participated in a demolition derby
- Purchased my first car, completely in my name
- Moved my mom into a retirement community
- Started teaching yoga
- Ran the 5k in Disneyland with my sister
- Began working at Elderberries
- Became a teacher/mentor at Fusion Academy
- Celebrated my Mom’s 60th Birthday and sister’s graduation
- Ran in the most poorly organized 5k ever
- Did Street Yoga Teacher Training
- Started a blog
- Missed one of my best and oldest friend’s wedding
- Had my first Thanksgiving without my Family
- Decided last minute to spend Christmas with family, and I’m happy I did
It’s been a challenging year full of monumental changes and I am in awe of all that has happened. In a couple hours I am heading to a friend’s house to ring in the new year by setting intentions, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now 2014 is upon us and instead of hoping for a year of smooth sailing I say bring on the hardships. It’s within these tough times that the growth happens, and that is what makes it all worth it. I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not had to deal a substantial amount of challenges. I still have so much growing and learning to do, and I can’t wait to see what this new year has to teach me.
Happy New Year to anyone reading this, I hope that 2014 is your most challenging year yet.