A Cliché

Looking back at this past year, it truly has been a cliche of “change,” but I am grateful for it all.

I went through a heartbreak in January that is still incomparable to any other: I had to pull out of a piece of property that I thought was the one.

During February I took time off from the business to reflect and readjust; surrounded myself with my friends and my work at free people.

Then March came along and change was on the horizon; I received a message from a fashion company in Pittsburgh wanting me to apply for a social media position. So I took a leap, applied, interviewed, and received an offer too good to pass up.

I started a new chapter in my life, both personal and professional in April. Professionally, I started my new job but despised being in a cubicle. However, I loved the challenges and the value of the work I was doing. Personally, I met a man who, though annoys me everyday, balances out every aspect of me. He has become my second half, and I am so grateful I have been able to spend the last 8 months with a partner who challenges me everyday to be better.

I turned 24 on Star Wars Day, and the summer months were filled with moving into a new apartment with friends, continued romance, and stronger friendships cultivated.

Then Fall came and I went to Niagara Falls, having my first Canadian experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

I rounded out the year with a trip to Nemacolin with my partner, which we realized was entirely too fancy for us and I teased him about us going to a Motel 6 for the second night of our stay! However, it was an extremely beautiful resort and we had an amazing stay. But it did reaffirm my love for my own business idea for low cost vacation lodging and not spending an exuberant amount of money on a room. But I digress.

As I look towards this new year, I can’t imagine that another year could possibly top this one. Whether they come in the form of highs or lows, I have learned and gained so much in the past twelve months that I can’t possibly imagine any other year will be just as grand. But in the end, I know it will be. It will be better than this year. I will live, I will love, and I will be a walking cliche yet again. And I simply can’t wait.

So thank you 2018, and cheers to you, 2019.

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake” – Henry David Thoreau

Until next time,

Cara

& thank you to my beautiful hand model, Bree Crum.

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