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Reflections On 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Year 2017 has been okay. I was unemployed for most of it, and that was hard. After I dropped out of x-ray school in December 2016, I started job searching in January of this year. I went on a couple of interviews for minimum wage jobs, and I didn't even get anything! So, time went by so slowly this year, because other than job searching, I had nothing to do all day. While I was grateful that I could sleep in every day, I was at least mildly depressed, and felt hopeless about my job situation. I was embarrassed to meet new people, because they would always ask what I did, and I had to admit that I was unemployed. Same thing with family reunions--my uncle would always ask, "Do you have any good news yet?!" (regarding my job search). I was even turned down for part time minimum wage jobs as well! So, 2017 was hard.

However, in August of this year, I went on a job interview for the federal government as a legal assistant. I thought the interview went well, and a few weeks later, I got a job offer!!! :D I have a BA in political science, and it has always been my dream to work for the government in an office setting, so I basically got my dream job!!! :'D It's a stable job that is full time with full benefits! The starting salary is generous, and there's room for much growth (both salary and career wise)! :D So, I am finally working a steady job, with steady income. God has blessed me. :') 2017 was the best year ever (at least the end of it!)!

Weight wise, I haven't achieved much success this year. My new year's resolution for this year was to reach the 150s by the last day of the year (today), but of course I didn't achieve it, and I have no one to blame for that except myself. Before, when I started my job, I had stopped eating dairy, and was SO close to the 150s (I was literally 161 pounds!), but once the holidays came around, I started to indulge in dairy again, and that opened Pandora's box for me weight wise. I'm lactose intolerant, so that's why I had stopped eating dairy, but now I just take lactase pills when I eat dairy (which aren't necessarily foolproof). But 2018 is a new year! :)

I watched "Coco" yesterday, and it was really good! I love the ending song called "Remember Me (Duo)" featuring Natalia Lafourcade and Miguel. The movie made me cry so much! I encourage you guys to watch it before it leaves theaters!

Happy New Year!
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  • KARYCTER9
    Major congrats on your job!!! So glad you didn't get accepted for a crappy one and then stop looking. Also you're a great blogger. Really enjoyable reads.
    650 days ago
  • KARYCTER9
    Someone commented that setting dates for weight loss really tripped them up. Maybe instead set rewards for hitting weight milestones. Like when I hit 155 I am getting my nails done or buying a piece of clothing.
    650 days ago
  • BECCABOO127
    Good things come to those who wait and don't give up . I am so happy u got your dream job! You can go far, both in your career and other goals. Happy for u!
    766 days ago
  • 4LEMONCUPCAKES
    Congrats on your dream job emoticon
    772 days ago
  • CTYONIT
    So few people get to work their dream job--you are indeed blessed.

    I think most Sparkers hit the reset button after the holidays--I know I did.

    I truly believe that the stress of job hunting/unemployment influenced your weight goals. 2018 is going to be a great year for you!

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    772 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    So many things happen over the course of a year! Glad your year went from worse to better! It must be such a relief to have found a job that has growth potential.
    Wishing you all the best for 2018!
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    772 days ago
  • 4ROSEMARY
    I'm so glad you are enjoying your job and that it is a good fit for you, with chances for advancement, benefits, etc. That's great! Life is rarely a straight line...it's ups and downs, a few steps forward and then one back. You've made some great progress, so celebrate that, and learn from any setbacks. You are doing great!
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    777 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    I'm glad you got your dream job.
    All of the best to you in 2018!
    777 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so happy that you found a job that makes you happy. Having room for advancement, is wonderful. Blessings for a wonderful 2018!!
    778 days ago
  • KILTORE
    I am so glad you ended 2017 on a good note. We can accomplish so much in 2018 and I am determined to make my goals come true.
    779 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
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    Happy New Year! I am so glad that 2017 went well for you, and as for the dairy, you can and will get back on track!
    779 days ago
  • MDOWER1
    Now is the time to start again get your weight under control
    779 days ago
  • ELIZABETHDARCY
    Congrats on your new job! It sounds like the beginning of your year was tough, but worth it. Because you didn't get those lower paying jobs, you kept searching and landed your dream job!! That's really great! Congrats! 🎆
    779 days ago
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