Working Towards A Better 2018, Reflecting on 2017

I am a tad belated in making this post. However, I am the type to truly mull over a situation before I tackle it. It is not my intention to crank out posts without appropriate time to gather my thoughts; rather, I want to always be intentional with my words.

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2017… what a year.

I think that’s the view shared by the masses. I had a lot of highs and a lot of lows.

I met people – amazing people, people that I love.

I matured via learning how to appropriately say “no” and remove myself from obligations that didn’t provide fulfillment.

I got a new car (2017 Buick Encore).

I received my MBA.

I moved to Louisville.

I began new academic journeys.

I started a business.

I took care of personal business.

I relied on my closest friends for support in tough situations; I was there for friends in similar situations.

I mourned. I cried. I laughed. I smiled.

I traveled – abroad, to new states, new cities.

It was, simply put, a hell of a ride. One that I survived. However, amongst the stress and changes, I am proud of what I accomplished.

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2018 is already proving to be a very full year for me. I have so much to do, so much to accomplish, so many people to see, and so many places to go. While that is nerve-racking, I consider it a blessing and a privilege. I’m prepared to tackle this year because 2017 made me stronger.

I. Focus on my health

No, I’m not talking about losing weight. I hate this resolution/goal because it is often rooted in fatphobia/marginalization/socialized norms/other-ing. That’s not me, in any capacity. However, I want to be healthier mentally, physically, and emotionally. I want to constantly aim to become a better version of myself. This will be done in a way that I see fit  – in a way that promotes self-love, not self-deprecation. It’s all about body positivity, a topic that I hope to discuss at greater lengths this year.

II. Kick ass in law school

… and take names later.

III. Join more professional organizations

I’ll elaborate more on this at a later time. However, if you are a part of an organization that I should consider (or know of one), please let me know.

IV. Golf more

Golf is not just a sport to me – it’s a heritage, a pastime, a meaningful experience. I spent each day growing up at the country club. Golf taught me patience, respect, how to be a gentleman, and grit. It made me who I am. I don’t play as often as I did in the past, however I want to prioritize it more in 2018.

V. Fitness goals

There’s something stigmatizing, ostracizing, and marginalizing about seeing fat bodies in motion. We are socialized to believe that it is odd, abnormal, even counterintuitive. I want to fight this stereotype by participating in at least one 5K (I’ve done several in the past). Furthermore, I vow to log 201.8 miles of motion (see what I did there?) at least twice this year.

VI. Travel to new parts in the world

Several trips are booked. I should hit about 20 countries this year – and I’m so excited to document all of my travels here on the blog!

VII. Grow my side businesses

Side hustles are a great way to fund bills, travels, and extra expenses. I have a few in my repertoire and I’ve learned so much from them in the past year. In 2018, I aim to better my approach towards them, increase my productivity, and augment my profitability.

VIII. JCP Eats

The outlet that has brought the most joy to my life this year has truly been JCP Eats. It started as a therapeutic hobby, morphed into a hashtag, became a stand-alone account, and grew from there. Now, it serves as a full-fledged resource to those in the Commonwealth! The growth and transitions in JCP Eats have been organic, for which I am thankful. Being self-employed is challenging, yet rewarding, and I am so, so grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me. My hope is that the coming year will be full of great content, collaborations, and community.

Thank y’all, from the bottom of my heart, for blessing my life. Your presence here brings me so much joy.

IX. Keep growing in my faith

Nothing is more important to me.

Happy Eating!

My best,

JCP

* FTC: This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

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