Not Your Typical Year in Review Post

2017 was my year of transition. After graduating, I took on three jobs because I was heartbroken and terrified of not living up to my potential. This overload of stress eventually weakened my immune system and I felt defeated. These feelings after four years of being in academia were incredibly unfamiliar.

I spent most of my 2017, assessing all the parts of my life and removing toxic elements that were affecting my physical and mental health. I also made the conscious decision to be vulnerable and to trust myself completely. This is easier said than done but like Michelangelo said: “I’m still learning.”

This year, I am deciding against writing a lengthy year in review post because it literally translates to “ME, ME, I, and ME.” Instead, I am here to present the idea that we should all feel satisfied with our year even if we only accomplished one thing that we are proud of.

Ultimately, the reason why I was stressed in the beginning of 2017 is due to the fact that I was fixated on how other people were living out their lives. This included keeping tabs on where my peers traveled, who they were dating, and where they were getting hired. I was fixated on how my peers’ lives were playing out compared to mine.

Sometimes it’s okay to give up on the battle of comparison. In fact, it’s suggested – even encouraged.

You can reflect on a spectacular year whether you decided to share it with others or kept it to yourself. Just don’t become fixated on how other people spent theirs’ because it’s a battle of comparison that you won’t win.

Happy 2018!

What were you proud of in 2017?

Let me know!

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto Music Teacher, Social Media Specialist, and Public Speaker. Founder of Laurel Musical.

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  1. January 14, 2018 / 1:29 am

    I can totally relate about how worried we get about our own timelines when we look at other people’s timelines. I hope this year, you become more in peace with yours, Laurel. <3

    • January 21, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Thank you so much Teesh and I wish the same to you! Many blessings in the new year!

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