With 2017 coming to an end, we quickly begin to draw up checklists of hopes for the future rather than taking a moment to press pause and reflect; to sit back from our fast-paced lives to think about not only where we want to go, but where we’ve been. 2017 for me was a year of beautiful mistakes and growth; I learned and I lived. People came, and people left. The world changed, and so did I. But the bitter-sweetness of 2017 also brought many beautiful things. It showed me the magic of a ramen night with the right people, and how it can cure any issue no matter how big it may seem. It brought closure, showing me the importance of knowing when to let go. It helped me appreciate the simple things in life, and helped me understand the beauty of timing. It helped me realize that my mother’s sayings held some amusing logic behind them, no matter how silly they sounded. It helped me learn that in order to have clarity in life, I have to first look within myself; as Carl Jung once said, “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” For 2018, all I ask is for the opportunity for more growth and a bigger and wiser heart.