• Arden Palmquist

Year In Review 2021: Best Year or Worst Year?

Hello old friends, long time no see. After a much needed break and figuring out my life, just like that, we are in a new year. We have closed the chapter on 2021 and started the chapter for 2022.

In a weird way, 2021 was the longest year I feel we've gone through but at the same time it went by so so fast. There was a lot of change this past year, a lot of challenges were presented, a lot of opportunities were seized, and I actually accomplished some of my goals that I set for myself in 2021.

Looking back on the past year, one word comes to mind. Growth. In 2021, I went through a lot of changes that I had to learn to grow through, I had to learn how to grow through everything that happened in the past few years and find peace with life. For a lot of people, I've noticed that 2021 was a horrible year for them (or so as social media has expressed) and I don't want to say it's been a horrible year altogether. But there were some horrible milestones I had to go through.

But there was also so many things that were small moments that I want to hold onto instead of holding onto the horrible things. I started writing down those small moments. From adopting my cat and giving him a loving home, to celebrating friends birthdays, to watching friends marry their loves, to starting my novel, to joining a book club, to learning how to love being alone. These small moments (to only name a few, I have a whole running list), make me smile. They make me look on the year and just be a little bit more thankful.

Not to mention, for the first time I accomplished some goals I set for myself at the start of the year. I surpassed my reading goal, I started writing the next best selling novel (and this is the furthest I have ever gotten in writing anything, I cried printing out the first third of the book), I adopted a cat, I gained clients for my event planning side business, I stepped out of my comfort zone, I planned trips for 2022 to accomplish traveling more, I listened to more music, I went back to therapy. I accomplished so much in a year that it's hard to not sit there and smile because of how proud I am.

In the end, it's pushing me to do better and more in 2022. After reflecting on the year of 2021, 2022 is going to be dedicated to the year of me. To loving and appreciating all of myself and enjoy life while I am living it. I have so many exciting things coming this year that I cannot wait to share with you all as we embark this new journey. So, here is to 2022. May it be the year we all find peace, growth, and self love.

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