2017 has been one of the most (if not the most) challenging years I’ve ever had. I’ve had new opportunities that have been great and have made me grow as a professional and as a person. Additionally, there have been events that have changed my life and perspective, forever.
I thought it would be best to list the good and the bad I’ve experienced with 2017:
2017 changed me with Hurricane Maria. As most of you know, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 5 hurricane. My husband and I made the necessary arrangements so our belongings and home were safe. That included stocking up on food. Going through an event of this magnitude was something we could have never prepared for.
The entire island was affected, and we are still recovering from this disaster. For the first few weeks, communications were almost non-existent. Food was hard to come by, and there were 5-10 hour lines to get gas every single day.
This experience traumatized me, and heightened my anxiety to a whole new level. The frustration was like no other. This event changed me, made me appreciate things I never thought to appreciate. The most important thing, we persevered. We’re doing better. There’s still a lot that needs to get better in Puerto Rico, but people are doing better.
I decided to ‘assign’ a word for the year, instead of having the usual new year resolutions. For 2018, my word is thrive. I want to do things well, keep growing as a business person and make the best out of 2018. I have a couple of things in the works for this new year, I’m excited and hopeful that everything turns out well.
I wish everybody has a Happy New Year!
What are your goals for 2018?