Twenty Seventeen: A Year in Review

2017 was the year I sat back, and just let things happen. I didn't enter it with any goals, plans, or expectations. I started the year in recovery mode, sitting on the edge of my seat, and taking as much care of myself as possible to prevent an infection from knocking me back into a hospital bed. The first few months of the year were slow and steady. I relaxed into February's heavy rainfall, and walked in a trance through the flowery fields of the super bloom during March and April. Meanwhile, my words were published in print for the first time, and I baked my first commissioned wedding cake. It was almost unreal, and so was the rest of the year from there. May wasn't easy. I was pushed off the tracks I was rolling on for several months. An abrupt stop, a wake up call. 

From there, I made the decision to not let the year go to waste. I booked three plane tickets to three places I had never been. I've spent much of my life waiting for someone to say, "let's go." This year, that someone was me. 2017 was the year I discovered solo traveling and adventuring, and from it, I've learned to step out of my comfort zone, to be patient with myself, to listen to my gut, and to find comfort in silence. I started hiking alone at least once a week. I made it to mountaintops, crossed streams, climbed trees, and swam in waterfall pools. I went on sunrise runs at Cannon Beach, set up a tent next to the ocean in Morro Bay, and took a chance and went to Camp Gritty. I did yoga in Mexico in August, celebrated my birthday in September, and in October, Caroline and I cried at trees and cooked vegan food over a fire in Sequoia and Yosemite. I built my cake-baking hobby into a business, put time and care into planning my dreams, and saw more sunrises this year than I've seen my whole life (thanks to my lovely abundance of 5am coffee shifts). 

I leave 2017 with nothing but gratefulness and a better sense of who I am, what I want, and what I am capable of. Here's to entering this January with more strength than last, and to getting used to the everyday-ness of the post holiday season. I'm taking on 2018 with the same mentality as I did with 2017, without grandeur, pomp, or circumstance. I'm going to let fate and free will do their dance. I'm going to hang on tight, ride this ride, and trust that whatever comes my way will come with purpose. Happy New Year, today and any day you feel like it. ⭒

Little Baker Jess

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