December 31, 2017 Alina 2Comment


I’m back from my 5 month hiatus! I’m sorry! I got a little overwhelmed with other things and I got too focused on producing something “perfect.” As did these 5 months, the year of 2017 completely flew over my head. I’m not sure where it went but I will say that I’m going to miss it. Time flies when you’re having fun, huh!

Last year, I wrote a post about what I wanted to get out of 2017. You can read it here.

I think it’s about that time I read it back, reflect on this past year, and create new goals for 2018.

If there’s anything I remember from 2016 going into 2017, it’s that 2016 was horrible and I needed to truly leave everything in the past. I think I was pretty successful with my mission because as I already mentioned, 2017 was good to me. Although it wasn’t all rainbows & butterflies, I rarely think about the tough times when I think about this year.

Let’s get started!


What’s kind of funny about last year’s post is that I wrote about wanting to find a job after graduation that I will love and that will build me up professionally and the very next month I ended up finding that job- before graduation! So here are my 2 successes of 2017.

I {finally} graduated college and officially became the first person in my entire family from my mom’s side to earn a Bachelors degree. On top of that, I had a full-time, salaried job lined up right out of college. I cannot begin to explain how blessed I feel for both of these things. It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting for so many years and it’s so great to finally have it after all of the hard work I put in.

2018 Goal: Get an AWS certification. Learn our product better. Become a domain expert. Go higher.


emotional/mental health

Although the first quarter of the year I went through a tough heartbreak, I hardly ever think about it now. Of course, I think about the lessons I learned (I hope I remember them for life) but I don’t feel that same hurt anymore.

Sadly though, I can’t say that I reached my goal from last year in this category. Going through heartbreak, graduating from college, starting a full-time job, and moving back in with my parents really took a toll on my emotional health. It’s no joke when people say that life after college is a bit hard to adjust to.

Graduating and moving back in with my parents created a social disconnect for me. I now live about 40 minutes from everything and everyone and that just sucks more than it first seemed it would. I don’t spend nearly as much time in social settings or with friends anymore. I spend most of my time at home after I get off work.

I do have weekends off though and I value every second of those. It is my favorite part of having a 9-5 job. Oh and being able to dress h o w e v e r I want is amazing. 🙂

2018 Goal: Love myself without needing other people’s approval. Become more positive again. See the good things in life. Be grateful for the little things.



Although I did not get to go out of the country this year (shame on me for putting off getting a passport), I can happily say that I spent more weekends outside of Charlotte than I did in it, after graduation of course. And I say weekends because like I previously mentioned, I’m an adult now with a real job.

I got to go to a music festival, even if it was a small one (who cares, it’s about the music anyways.)

I met a guy on a sidewalk corner in downtown Wilmington via my dog, Duke, and

I fell in love with him.

I say this under this category because I like to think of love as an adventure, because it should be. His mom gave us a piece of advice and that’s to not get too serious and keeping having fun. So wise. As we are getting older and gaining more responsibility, it’s very hard to not get too serious in life… and that’s when we lose that childhood spark we once had for living.

2018 Goal: Just have fun. Don’t take life too seriously. Learn to laugh at stupid things again. Visit the west coast. Leave the country. Love freely.



Now that I have a full-time job, I have no other excuse than to get my finances in order. I want to give myself a pat on the back for doing 2 things in the last 6 months of 2017: I am responsibly contributing to my 401(k) and I am steadily putting away money from each paycheck into a savings account. It took a few months to adjust to a bi-weekly paycheck (from daily tip-money) and not touching my savings account after putting money into it.

2018 Goal: Save at least 3 months of living expenses before I move out again. Pay more than the minimum payments on my student loans. Start investing.



As I finish off this post, I realize that another improvement I have made in 2017 is distinguishing actual goals instead of writing down generic “hopes” for the year.

Cheers to 2018.


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2 thoughts on “2017 Reflections + 2018 Goals

  1. Omg. I seriously love this post, and all of your goals for 2018. I am so excited to see you grow and meet those goals. And I love that you see love as an adventure. Cheers!

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