Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem
2017 has been a roller coaster of a year for me. I had lots of big plans and big dreams, and most of them turned out not to be aligned with Allah’s plans for me. There has been a lot of pain in this past year, and more often than not I have been feeling frustrated, dejected, and somewhat worn down. I have battled depression and physical illness, and lost a lot of time in the process.
But, as the year draws to a close I would like to take a second to reflect on, and show some gratitude towards, the positive things that have happened this year, as well as the valuable lessons I have learned through the trials I have experienced. I also want to take a second to look ahead to the coming year, as I am starting a new chapter of my life, and set some goals and dreams for myself.
Positive Experiences in 2017
Experience a completely different way of life from anything I have known before.
Spend a ton of time getting to know my husband’s family and home-town.
Giving the rest of my family the opportunity/excuse to travel somewhere they have never been before.
Learning a new language by immersion.
Strengthening my marriage (trial by fire you may call it).
So much free time to pursue hobbies and creative passions.
Things I learned in 2017
Gratitude for all the privilege that I was born into and have enjoyed thus far.
Minimalism; I learned exactly how much I could go without and keep on surviving.
Complete reliance and trust in Allah-many of the things I experienced this year were completely out of my hands, and I have had to trust in Allah like I never have before in my life, that He put me here and He will bring me through.
I learned so much about myself: things I am passionate about, things I enjoy, things that drive me crazy bananas, how strong I really am.
I learned a whole new language, and a lot about a different culture and way of life.
I began to learn how to “feel my feelings,” process them, and let them go.
Things I want to do in 2018 in shaa Allah
Commit to a 3 month engagement with my health coach to heal the damage done in the past year.
Start taking horseback riding lessons again, and keep a regular yoga practice.
Get my own URL and begin to expand this blog into so much more.
Finish the quilt I just started (I don’t know how to quilt btw.).
Have a steady job in a translation agency doing something new like project management.
Read 50 books from all different genres.