Happy New Year!
And what a year 2017 was. There were so many memories made, so many goals achieved. So much happiness! JC and I did the whole Pinterest memory jar idea for last year in which we wrote down all of the good things that happened to us throughout the year and read them on New Year’s Eve. We ended up reading them on New Year’s Day but the reflection was still an awesome experience. J.C.’s two highlights were filling his gas tank up with only $34 when its usually $50, and proposing. Two ends of the spectrum. My highlights were many but included:
The proposal– J.C. asked for my hand in marriage on Christmas Day. Christmas is such a bittersweet time for me, and this year was no different. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I always think of home and rejoicing with family. I get a little bit more excited about life. However, a few years ago, it was around Christmas time that I lost my grandmother. So, although I love spending time with my family on Christmas, it can seem a little incomplete knowing she is gone. This year’s bittersweetness also came from it being the first year J.C. and I were not with our family for the holiday. Since we just went to D.C. to visit my side of the family in November, and will be visiting his side of the family in February, we decided to spend Christmas together in our new place. I enjoy starting our own traditions, but felt down for the few days leading up to Christmas.
Then it was Christmas Eve, and somehow J.C. pulled me out of my funk. He brought home a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (No, we did not drink them all that day lol) and he put on some music, and we danced. We danced right there in the middle of our living room. I felt love and happiness. I felt light and free and sexy dancing with my man. It was so nice to be in his presence that I forgot about anything that I thought was missing. Christmas Day was the icing on the cake. JC woke up earlier than I did, and was so merry lol. We ate a big breakfast and spent the morning wrapped around each other watching Christmas movies. After a while, we got ready for lunch since we were having friends over. We randomly started taking pictures, and you know, I was cool with that! I did not think much of it. Then this happened! It was the best Christmas, y’all. Afterwards, we drank, laughed, debated, and then danced! I was on cloud nine because I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. A man who really wants to make sure that I am the happiest girl in the world. Thank God.
My Ph.D. program– I know that grades aren’t the most important in Ph.D. programs, but I really don’t care. I got all A’s my first semester. I feel so blessed because the program is intense! I am learning and applying so many new skills, while also balancing working on projects with my Professor supervisor, and finding opportunities to work on my own research. Those As were reassurance that I am where I am supposed to be. They are a reminder that I can get through even the most difficult times as long as I work hard and pray harder!
2017 was amazing, but I feel like 2018 is going to be major. I have already been working towards the goals I have set for this year. I can’t wait to present some of my projects in the near future.
I hope the best for you and pray that you’re blessed through your 2018 journey!
I hope that everyone is setting specific, attainable, and measurable goals!