Who knows if C.S. Lewis actually said this, but I found it on Pinterest and fell in love. Happy November, friends. One of my favorite people — yes, she’s a blogger — wrote a post recently about finishing the year strong, and it absolutely inspired me.
2017 is almost over.
As Chelsea said… Whether this was or was not your year, you can still finish strong. Dust off those new year resolutions and make something – anything – happen!
I can say that 2017 has offered me some of the best and worst times in my life. Yes, I moved to a new location that I’m not totally in love with and got a divorce, but I also learned so much about life and found deeper meaning in my relationships. I became a better friend and tackled issues I never dreamed would be presented to me.
2017 has been a year of questioning and busyness, but I’m not giving up yet. There have been failures and successes. And though we only have 45 days left, there will be more failures and successes – which is more than okay. Life isn’t always about #winning.
I wanted to blog more this year, and it didn’t happen. I had huge hopes for my blog. I wanted to start affiliate marketing. I bought Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. That was not a cheap course to purchase, and I’ve made no money with affiliate marketing because I haven’t been doing it. That’s okay though. I have next year to attack my blog goals and start fresh.
The Year of the NECP
This has been the year for career goals and furthering my education. I’ve talked about my desire to commission as a nurse in the Air Force and how things have gone up to this point. I have been busy. There has been time for nothing but applying to nursing schools and finishing up my prerequisites. Everything else has fallen to the side.
Of course I wanted to DO MORE. SEE MORE. BE MORE. But sometimes, sacrifices have to be made.
I’m Still Trying New Things
2017 is almost gone, but I am still trying new things. I’ve started bullet journaling – more on that in another post. I tried Stitch Fix! – more on that in another post too. I’m listening to audio books and going out with friends more than ever before. I am challenging my relationships. It has been an eye-opening year. I have accomplished things I never thought possible. Honestly, I have become the me I always hoped to be after graduating college — and I’m not even using my degree. Sure, I wear a super manly uniform to work every day and NEVER carry a briefcase, but people count on me. I plan. I lead. I conquer.
Even if I don’t make it into the NECP this year, there are so many other opportunities to focus on while waiting for the next application cycle. That is what I love about the Air Force. The opportunities never end.
You Can Still Kill 2017.
Science says you need 66 days to form and keep a new habit. Wouldn’t it be awesome to start something new right now and then make a 2018 resolution for it? By the end of January, you would be successful because you would only need 21 days (just 3 weeks) to lock that habit down. Is getting a head start on your 2018 resolutions cheating? I don’t think so. It’s called kicking butt and taking names.
Yes. 2017 may suck. It may have been the most disappointing year you have ever had. But you have 45 days left to change it all. You CAN change it. Forget about everyone else and their pessimistic ways. For heck’s sake, forget about me and my pessimistic ways. This is a time for encouragement. This is a time for conquering the beasts you never got to slay.
I have three more weeks in my semester. Will I get anything extra done in that time? Probably not. But you can bet on December 9, I am going to plan out my blog content for the rest of the year. I am going to read five books. I am going to study for more nursing exams. I am going to drink and be merry! What can I say? I work better under pressure.
The point is… I am going to kill it. You are going to kill it. We are going to KILL it! Because that’s the real #winning in life. Take these last few weeks and do the things you never thought you could.