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Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Year Down, Many More to Come

Every year at the beginning of November, I have a realization. A realization that in two short months filled with love, holidays, and celebrations, we will have to say goodbye to yet another year. November is one of my favorite months and now I have another reason to love it. 

Today is a huge day for me and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you all. 

Today marks one year since I started My Mellow Chaos. 

To be honest, I had forgotten the exact date when I purchased this domain. It didn't come to mind until I received an email letting me know my year was almost up.

What? Excuse me? Sheesh, time does fly when you're having fun. 

2017 has been a huge year for me. This is a year I really focused on myself and bettering my life. I realized I was unhappy in my former position after almost three years and took a huge risk by leaving the company. This decision was made in November when I decided to start blogging and booked my initial flight to Australia. I knew I needed to make a change. 

This was all done discretely. Mostly because of my nerves and my fear that I was making a  mistake. I hid this from quite a few individuals until I knew the time was right. 

Off I went for a month and a half traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia, a part of the world I had always dreamed of visiting. I'm sure you all are familiar with this as a majority of you were gracious enough to follow me along in my journey. This trip changed everything for me. It brought me back to my roots and reminded me of the things I love. Traveling has always been something I enjoy. New experiences, new cultures, new food. Making the most out of my memories made. I met people from all around the world, eager to share their thoughts. I fell in love with dumplings and have FINALLY found a place in Charlotte with traditional plates. I was able to spend time traveling with three of my best friends. I realized it is okay to be alone. Before, I was afraid to eat alone in public, now I embrace it. Being independent is a strength, not a weakness. I was courageous and it was amazing. Never will I take for granted the experiences I was given. 

My great risk paid off when I found my now current position with a company who truly values me and believes I am an asset. Six months, to the date, I started this new job. I've only grown more dedicated to my role and the company. I've made life long friends and have grown immensely. I never knew I could feel so valued at a job and I'm forever grateful. 

Here I am, preparing for the last two months of the year and then another chapter begins. 

It is difficult to put into words how it feels to "close a chapter" of your life. As an avid book reader, I do view years as chapters and new ways to change my life and the lives of others. 

Who knows what 2018 will bring but I've never been more excited. This year I've loved, I've lost, I've felt heartbreak, I took chances, and I realized I am the one person who will always be there for myself. I started focusing on the things that matter the most--my career, my family, my friends. 

Cheers to those of you who have supported and loved me during this journey. For engaging with me and taking time out of your busy days to read my thoughts. I'll never be able to truly thank you enough but I'm excited to say that I'm only getting started. Big things are to come and I'm anxious to share them with you all. 

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