With each year I find I am less interested in the way my life “should be” at this point and more intrigued by the path I’m carving for myself. After college it was initially difficult for me to settle into post grad life. I looked around and saw friends heading off to grad school (what I wanted to do), friends settling into careers in the fields they’d majored in, and friends traveling the world. All of these paths seemed distinct but right. Unable to find a “real job” I took a full time nannying job for six months and hated every minute of it.
Infants are difficult, infant twins are even more difficult but I don’t think the job would have been so trying had I not felt utterly lost and confused. Babies can be pretty sweet after all. But alas, I didn’t want to be reading Pat the Bunny, warming up mashed peas and changing diapers. I wanted to be in graduate school, working towards a career or embarking on some big adventure. I felt hopelessly trapped in a path I wasn’t very interested in. I floundered and struggled to find a path that suited me even after the nannying position came to an end. 2015 was not the year of career success and I began 2016 feeling just as lost as the year before.
Despite the challenges I faced in 2016 I found myself more confident in my decisions. I took risks and embraced new opportunities. This year I am looking forward to even more slow, steady changes that will help carve out a future I find fulfilling. All the while I plan on doing my best to enjoy all the moments big and small that make up my journey.
My new year started out rather luxuriously. For the past few years I have attended a formal New Year’s Eve party at a castle winery in Calistoga, California. The night begins with oysters and champagne, followed by a four course dinner in the wine cellars and concludes with dancing, fortune tellers, dessert and a balloon drop (and champagne toast) at midnight. This year my really good friend Nicole joined my Aunt, Uncle and I at the ball. Nicole and I had a great time getting our makeup done at MAC and twirling our hair into the best updos we could muster. Thank goodness for Nicole or I would have gone with the same loose curls I wear every day because I truthfully don’t know how to do anything else. Hair blogger I am not!
Despite a cold that kept me from partaking in the unlimited wine the castle offered for its guests the evening was straight from a fairytale. My head hit the pillow and I swear I fell asleep with a soft smile on my face as I dreamed about the year ahead.
On New Year’s day we relaxed around Calistoga and accompanied my Aunt on one of her flight lessons. After a few phenomenal views and our fair share of turbulence we packed our bags and drove to San Francisco where I now sit awaiting our red eye flight to the Bahamas. I can’t wait to start the new year with sunshine, good friends and sandy beaches. I cannot describe how thankful I am for such a charismatic family, go with the flow friends and the adventure that awaits us.
2017 has only just started but I’m eager to see what this year holds.
Please do your best to share the highs and lows of your New Year’s eve to me! What are you looking forward to in 2017? I want to hear all about it.