One year ago, I could not have imagined how 2017 would play out, but I knew it would be different.
This is from my blog post on December 31, 2016.
I know that the year ahead will bring even more change. We are going to have to decide where to live after our year of resort living ends. We want to travel and expose our kids to new places, new people, new cultures and new food. We want to get a handle on our finances. We want to grow our Rodan + Fields business. I’d really like to get my body back.
It all feels very grown up.
And that is good.
For me, the year ahead is filled with wide open possibility. I know that when it is behind me, things will look very differently than they do now.
Boy, oh boy, did I know what I was talking about or what?
For the first few months of 2017, we embraced our year in the 1300 SF apartment and scoured the city looking for a place to call home.
And then we found it. (Her. #Dorothy)
We did expose our kids to new places, new people, new cultures and new food, thanks in large part to a terrific opportunity at my job. #Dublin
(Although I never blogged about our trips to Texas and Ireland , I did post some pics. If you want to check them out, my Instagram account has plenty.)
We did focus on our finances and my Rodan + Fields business, and both are in much better shape. (And my eyelashes are on point! #Lashboost)
And as for my body… well, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad. (I mean, who actually loses weight when at a resort anyhow? As I wrote about the other day, in 2018, that number on the scale is going down – literally and figuratively! #GoalsSquad)
In addition to all of that, 2017 brought wonderful ways to connect through #Meet and #JensQuestions.
#Meet / #MeetJax was a networking experiment that went full tilt in January. I introduced nearly 225 people for hundreds of coffees over many months. and through it all, new relationships and friendships were made and one person even a new job found! However, in September, I realized that the time it takes to manage the scheduling (or rescheduling) was just too much for me. For the time being, #Meet / #MeetJax is on hiatus as a regular thing – although I hope I still can connect folks on an ad-hoc basis.
#JensQuestions: Since the summer of 2016, I have also asked hundreds of questions every Monday through Friday (excluding holidays!) about everything from your favorite condiment choices to your preference for pumpkin spice to more serious inquiries about bravery, fear and dreams. #JensQuestions has been a terrific way to learn about friends near and far. However, in 2018, I am also taking a break from a daily question to make room for new pursuits. (See weight loss above.)
In the coming weeks, they’ll be new neighbors to meet, new noises to learn and new rooms to get settled in. We’ll have new routes to school and work, and we’ll be shopping for groceries and dropping the dry-cleaning in new locations. I want to start new habits, and try new recipes – and wear clothes that seem like new since it will have been a long time since I could fit into them!
Most of all, we hope to have new visitors, the family and friends who have been rooting for us on this crazy journey through the #
Until then, may your new year’s celebration be lively, may you return home safe and may your 2018 be the best year yet.
With love and gratitude,
Jennifer and the Happy Chappies
PS – This is posted in loving memory to our dog, Dash. Losing him was the worst thing about 2017, and we will be planting a tree in our new yard in his memory. We miss you, Dashy-dash.