{ Powerful Lessons from 2017 : A Year of Growth }

Powerful Lessons from 2017 _ A Year of Growth

Life is full of powerful lessons and growth…if we choose to see it that way. This year was by far the hardest one yet, but not for the reasons you might think. Here are a few powerful lessons that I learned in 2017 and how it’s been a year of growth.

Truth be told, I struggled a lot to write this post. I’d sit down, write a few sentences and stop because I felt uninspired. Until I realized it wasn’t because I was uninspired but because I have so much to say while also not knowing how to put everything into words. I always want my blogposts to be interesting and useful for you, while also being honest and transparent.

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So I thought I would do just that: give an honest overview of 2017 while trying to explain what I learned from it, in the hopes that it helps YOU in some ways too.

2017 has been a crazy year in both positive and negative ways. I’ve seen the biggest change on a personal development level: I’m finally feeling more confident and happy. But I also feel like because of that, it was emotionally the toughest year.

When you go through so much personal development in a short period of time, it’s physically and emotionally exhausting. It’s necessary and an important part of life, but damn it is tiring…which is why in the last few months, the stress and exhaustion caught up with me to the point of a burn out.

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Looking back at the “challenges” I’ve had in life, I’m a firm believe that everything happens for a reason. We might not be able to see it in the moment and we might feel frustrated, sad and angry that it’s so difficult, but remember that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to be patient enough to see it.

This year has been amazing and challenging on many levels. But I choose to share the positive outcome of it all. Whenever something happens, if you choose to view it as a lesson that you must learn, you will feel more empowered and at peace with it. I know that for some of you, this might an eye roll moment or that your life circumstances might be more challenging than mine. However, try and see the silver lining, I promise, there is one.

So what did l learn this year? What happened? What were some highlights? Here are a few tidbits of 2017 and what I learned from my experiences.

{ What happened | The blog }

I launched my blog in February! Woohoo!!

{ The lesson }

When you’re passionate about something, even if it’s a lot of work and can be frustrating at times, it’s worth it.

Find what sets your soul on fire and do more of it, every day. This is what will keep you happy and motivated. Even in the moments where I feel frustrated and/or overwhelmed with my blog, wondering why I’m putting so much love and effort into it, I remind myself WHY I’m doing it and all is good in the world again.

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{ What happened | Relationship with food }

I’m finally developing a healthier relationship with food. I don’t feel as frustrated or stressed out about food and eating. My approach is all about my physical and emotional health. I want to understand what’s going on in my head and eat mindfully rather than just stuffing my face with food to drown the real reason why I’m eating.

{ The lesson }

I attribute this to Kelly Leveque’s “Body Love”. The title spoke volumes to me and her philosophy is aligned with my beliefs and the lifestyle I want to have. I want to eat well because I’m foodie, without feeling deprived, while also feeding my body the nutrients that it needs. Her philosophy is to create a “drama-free” approach to food while also using science to your advantage so that you can curb your cravings and eat well. It’s SO simple and has worked really well for me.

It isn’t a diet but a lifestyle choice that doesn’t feel restrictive or excessive and I love that.

{ What happened | Burnout }

Most of this year, I’ve been go-go-go, but I also exhausted all. the. time. And it caught up with me. Since September, I’ve been getting back on my feet after suffering, dare I say… a burnout?

{ The lesson }

Your health and self-care are the priority, every single day.

When I started manifesting physical symptoms of stress, it was a major wake up call that I can’t keep going on like this. My health has become my number one priority because what use will I be to my family if I’m sick from stress? None. I’ll be useless!

Even though it’s taking effort to remind myself that self-care isn’t selfish, it’s a work in progress and I’m slowly noticing a difference.

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{ What happened | Reaching goals }

Without realizing it, I was able to manifest some of my goals this year and it felt DAMN good! Not to show off (okay, maybe only a little…), here are a few of the goals that I reached:

Traveling every month: from Jamaica to New York City, to L.A. and Mexico..

– Taking my Mom on a trip

– Doing 5 chin-ups (Full transparency: I still have to use an elastic under my legs to give me support but I wasn’t able to do any at the beginning of the year!)

– Reaching my November goals for my blog

{ The lesson }

The funny thing is that I was able to manifest my goals in a different way than I had intended…

For example, one of my goals was to take my mom on a trip. Even though I wasn’t able to afford paying the full trip for her, I was able to contribute to part of it.

I’ve been able to achieve some of my fitness goals, but then didn’t factor in general health goals, which meant that my stress held me back in achieving ALL my health goals this year…

And this is the funny thing. When I read back on the goals I set for 2017, I technically reached many of them, but because I wasn’t specific enough, the goals weren’t reached exactly the way I had it in mind!

When you set goals, be crystal clear with what you want. Be as specific as possible and then review your goals often so that you can consciously and subconsciously work on them throughout the year and before you know it, you’ve reached them without even realizing it!

{ Self-Love Lesson }

Everything happens for a reason, even though we might not understand it in the moment or it’s not what we had planned or anticipated.

Embrace change and challenge as best you can, because there is always a lesson that you can learn from any situation, if you choose to see the silver lining.

Powerful Lessons from 2017 _ A Year of Growth

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I really enjoyed reading this post, thank you for being so honest. I also feel that 2017 has been a year of growth personally, but as you have importantly highlighted, growth doesn’t mean you are without those ‘burn-outs’ and difficult moments. It sounds like you achieved a lot of brilliant things this year 🙂



Thank you for your encouraging words Abi <3

Glad to hear you also had a year of growth!! What's the biggest lesson you learned??


I’m so happy that I found your goal this year. Also congrats on achieving your November goals for your blog. 🙂

Your point about burn out really hit home for me. I was so burn out a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to balance everything & I wasn’t taking time to do things for myself. I ended up neglecting my blog & when I finally start blogging again, I felt so much better! I just needed to take the time to take care of myself. I’m happy to hear you are working on your self-care as well.

I’m so excited to see what is in store for you for 2018! 🙂



Thank you so much for always having supportive and encouraging words for me Stephanie!!

I’m sorry to hear about your burnout but glad to hear you took time to take care of yourself. Now to the tough part…to remember to practice self-care continuously to avoid getting to the point of a burnout!! (I’m still struggling with finding that balance but it’s a work in progress!)


I love these Seppy. Especially that ‘everything happens for a reason’. I believe in this too, as even if we can’t understand the emotional rollercoaster in that moment, we eventually make our way through and ‘see the light’. This is a lesson I have come to realize in the past couple of years. Sometimes we have to go through shit to understand better what we need for ourselves!

xo nichole / thedailypursuit


It’s great lesson, isn’t it?! I’m glad you also learned that too, even though I know it’s hard to remember it in the moment <3

Kate | All the Trinkets

I so agree when you said that growth is not without challenges and difficulties. 2017 was quite the challenging year for me both in a good way and the not so good. But with all that came an array of lessons I also learned. 🙂 I loved reading this post and congratulations on reaching your goals!

xx Kate | https://allthetrinkets.wordpress.com


Thank you so much Kate!!

I’m sorry to hear that 2017 was challenging but proud of to have pulled through and be able to see the silver lining!!


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