2017: My Year in Review

Wow, 2017 is basically over. 2017 was a year filled with the best and worst of times like cringe-worthy American politics and a royal engagement. It was such an interesting year, that I couldn’t possibly let it go without a bit of a personal post about my own thoughts and memories from the year. Nonetheless, as I reflect, I can’t say that I have not learned or achieved any of my goals and resolutions. For 2017, I hoped to continue planting my seeds for success and trying out anything (and I mean, almost anything) that I was even remotely interested in. This mindset led me to meet new people, create memories and accomplish goals that I’d never even imagined. Internships, new friends, finally traveling to the west coast and so many fun opportunities came my way this year. 2018 will see more as I head back to finish my last year of undergrad.

In 2017, I learned that I, Lyndsey Jackson, am amazing. I am amazing because I put in work, effort and truly love and appreciate who I am and who I am becoming. Although I’ve never necessarily lacked in self-confidence, I never vocalized and thought about all the things I love about myself. Instead, I only thought about “what next?”. I used to believe that it was arrogant to feel this way about yourself – you can’t just go around saying you’re amazing! However, if I don’t hype myself first, then who will? 2018 will see more self-love and confidence because THOSE are major factors as we work for what we want in life.

Yes, college is fun, but I must admit that as 2017 ends and 2018 ends, I am a *tadddd* bit tired of this place. I love my school, however I am sure every student is ready to spread their wings in the “real world” at some point. I am kinda ready now. A good thing, 2018, December to be exact, is my expected graduation! 2017 has taught me that college truly is the best place to gain as much knowledge as possible. It doesn’t matter if it has anything to do with what you think you want to do as a career, if you have an option and time to learn it, do it. I took up the new media certificate because I have a love for technology. Will I get a chance to work as a tech guru? Maybe not, but I enjoy having the skill and putting it to use when I can. 2018 will be filled with using my knowledge to develop more websites, secure a full-time offer from my internship and earn my degree.

2017 marked my first year off of meal plan. That means all of my daily meals are my responsibility. The responsibility of a girl who doesn’t even like to cook. However, I’ve done well. For the most part, I’ve stuck with baked chicken, baked fish and an assortment of vegetables as the typical meal. But I’ve been slacking on the exercise and snacks part of my health and wellness. Instead of packing health snacks to eat between classes, I’ve been eating chips and candy. Instead of going to the gym, I’ve been walking past it and going straight to my dorm room. In 2018, I am adding exercise to my schedule so it becomes a part of my daily routine without “feeling” as though it’s taking away time from other activities. As for the snacks, I actually love veggies! I plan to try out packing baby carrots or apples in exchange for processed goods.

Well, it’s exactly 12:30 a.m. on December 31, 2017. I am ready to take on 2018 head on. I am ready for my final year of undergrad, a fun summer in Salt Lake City and figuring out this whole “adulting” thing. 2018, in the word’s of the great Serena Williams, “I’m coming to getcha”.

2017, bye! Post your goals, memories and New Year’s resolutions in the comments below:


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