2017: The Good
It is no surprise to anyone that 2017 was a rough year for me. Just read any post I’ve shared in the last 365 days, including the one I wrote last week. With that said, there was also a lot of good that happened this year and since the good is something I don’t talk about as much publicly, I felt like I should highlight some real highlights.
Moved back to Brooklyn and fell back in love with New York
Found an incredible and magically affordable apartment in Ditmas Park, thanks to facebook and old yoga friends
Moved down the street from Danielle
Became completely obsessed with our neighborhood
Ben left Buzzfeed and got a new better job as Lead Writer/Director at Some Spider Studios
Re-wrote/majorly edited the BINGE: my story, manuscript twice
Sent it to an agent who has been working with me on it for over a year now
Started a new podcast/project “The Body Talks Back” that will drop sometime in early 2018
Went back to therapy
Spoke to Health Classes at an all girls Catholic High School on long island about my story, mental illness, and eating disorders.
Saw my friends regularly
Helped my mom reclaim her house (it looks incredible y’all!)
Decided to stop coaching for a while, which may not seem like a good thing, but is a relief for me
Genuinely helped the people who I did coach
Murray got married!
FINALLY placed in the Scudellistmas Gingerbread (Graham cracker) house competition!
Learned how to edit audio
Watched a lot of real quality television (SKAM, Search Party, Stranger Things 2, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Master of None 2, Ozark, etc. etc.)
Got moviepass so we can watch a lot of real quality movies without going broke (Lady Bird, Lady Bird, LADY BIRD)
Wrote the first draft of a script for a web series idea i’ve had forever
Made a home
Started blogging again
Put some stuff out into the world even tho it scared and embarrassed me
Read some real deal inspiring books both as a writer and a human (Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, The Upside of Unrequited & Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli, tbh I didn't read all that much this year but what I did shook my world)
Gained some new creative idols (Julie Andem, Becky Albertalli)
Stopped denying the fact that writing and creating is the way I want to help myself and others and is really the thing that I want to do with my life
Tried and kept trying no matter how humiliated I felt or how many times I “failed”
Wrote A LOT
Walked 4 miles to Coney Island from our apartment on an incredible fall day
Went on a lot of good walks
Listened, cried, and danced to lots of quality music (Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Timber Timbre, Shura, Tyler The Creator etc. etc.)
Snuggled with cats
Went to my first basketball game (Celtics vs BK Nets what whatttt)
Made it through the shit storm that was (is) 2017
I'm sure there was more. But really I'm amazed I got 34 things down. Amongst all the bad there was clearly also a lot of good.
P.S. Writing this list made me feel better, maybe writing one of your own will make you feel better too.
P.P.S. Here's hoping the next 8 or so days bring lots of good so we can end 2017 on an even better note.