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2017: A Year of Growth, Change, and Magic

2017: A Year of Growth,

Change, and Magic

You know the meme, or picture (I am the worst millennial ever for not know what is what these days) that reads “2016: the caterpillar 2017: the cocoon 2018: the butterfly”? Well that is exactly how I feel entering this new year. And clearly, by the amount of times I’ve seen that picture, I am not the only one.

There’s been a lot of change, growth, and experiences I’ve gone through but also many memories that have left a special place in my heart. And while you should know by now, I love writing about it so I figured there’s no better way to reflect on this past year than doing it on the blog!

Originally going into 2017 I feel like, looking back, I had very big expectations for what the year was going to hold. It’s not to say amazing things did not happen but they were experiences I didn’t see coming. Last year was the year my fiancé and I packed up all of our belongings and moved across the country to Montana (see my Montana post for more details!). I think I had such big expectations because well, we were moving somewhere new! We had a lot planned. Little did I know that 2017 was going to be the year I grounded down into myself to find what I desired and who I wanted to become.

You see, Montana is NOT the place I want to live forever (a post on this later!) but it holds some kind of magic in it that I know is right for me right now. Maybe because it is still fairly new and there’s a lot left to explore or maybe because it just is. 2017 was the year I discovered my true passions in life, what some would say their “calling”. And while I always thought I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life, I never felt so sure until this last year.

Going back to that quote I mentioned in the beginning, and to put my emphasis on it, 2016, the caterpillar, I was just living life. I was truly happy for the first time in my whole life but I was just living with no set plan, serious goal, or true care in the world. And while that may seem like the ideal life (and you can still live that way with a set plan/goal in mind), it wasn’t for me. Fats forward to 2017, the cocoon. As I said before, this was the year where I grounded down into the roots of who I am. To transform into my fullest potential. Insert this year, 2018, the butterfly. Everyone will interpret this differently, but this is the year for me to take everything I have been brewing and brainstorming (for myself and life) and watch it all come to fruition.

I have high hopes for this new year but at the same time I know not to have any crazy, wild, or out-of-this-world, expectations because that sets myself up for failure. Instead I have a lot I am looking forward to and going into 2018 with an open mind.

 

FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM 2017

Moving to Montana with my fiancé

Meeting Instagram friends in real life

Buying our first home #TheGingerbreadBungalow

Creating this blog and platform

Exploring all of the sites and scenery this state has to offer

Meeting new friends

Becoming a certified Life and Wellness Coach

Getting my Meditation Teacher certification

Seeing my best friend get engaged

Having Mark home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

Wedding planning

 

WHAT I LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2018

Traveling to some new and old places

MY WEDDING!

Friends’ weddings

Re-sparking my yoga practice flame

Hopefully starting a family

Blogging

My birthday (January 21st ;-))

Creating, new and exciting content for you all

Meditation

Coaching

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME + WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON DEVON JADE

Blogging and more blogging- I want to bring higher quality content to this platform as well as Instagram.

A blog make-over- I will be adding new pages and tabs to my website and also updating past content and pictures.

Meditations- I will be curating meditations to be purchased. These will vary and there will be something for everyone! (Also, how do we feel about private meditation sessions??? Let me know!)

Life and Wellness Coaching- I will be launching my official business for coaching and you will get an opportunity to have me as your coach for a discounted price (!!!)

Instagram- aside from my blogging you guys may also know I have an Instagram. It goes hand in hand with this blog and my goal is to have more valuable content on there for you guys as well.

Where Are You Wednesday- if you follow me on my Instagram (@iamdevonjade) then you may notice each Wednesday I do a feature on my page that is a mid-week check in with yourself. I will be now sharing a meditation (FREE) that goes along with each post/topic.

Essential oils- I will be sharing more essential oils and toxic free living. The how, why, and what you can do to amp up your wellness game!

 

2017 was a great year for me and I am very excited to see what 2018 has in store! Thank you for your endless support, it truly means so much to me. I love hearing what you have to say or any ideas you may have for my blog so please don’t be afraid to contact me through here or my Instagram!

 

Share your thoughts with me! Comment below or head to my Instagram page (@iamdevonjade)!

 XOXO,

D.J.

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