2017: A Year in Review

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:

The Good

  • Visited Washington, D.C for the first time in May. My husband was a panelist at SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. I’m incredibly proud of his participation in the panel. We stayed for a few days after the panel and were able to walk around and take pictures. Really enjoyed our time there, would like to visit again.
  • Began a new job in May as a Web Developer and Designer for a Digital Marketing agency. I’ve had a blast working there and I have learned so much. My co-workers are awesome people and it’s a job that makes me happy.
  • Had my high school class 10-year reunion this summer. It was great to see everybody again. Time flies!
  • Built a custom PC in June after having my old one for five years. It’s a very powerful computer and it’s so good for gaming.
  • Juan and I became Twitch Affiliates. Yay!
  • Juan and I booked a trip for New York City in December. A vacation for almost two weeks in one of our favorite cities? Yes, please. Blog posts about my experience in NY will follow.
  • Went to Chicago during Thanksgiving to visit family. It was my first time visiting and my first time driving outside of Puerto Rico. Had a wonderful time and would visit again.

The Bad

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.

My word for 2018: Thrive

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?

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