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“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Brad Paisley
At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s on the shelf at the end of the year. Steve Coppell
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

Can you believe the year is finally coming to a close? It seems like only a blink of an eye ago when we were celebrating the start of 2017. It was a year that held great hope and promise for many and yet, it served up its share of pain and misery. Through all the challenges, we marched on, demanding to be heard, asserting our rights, mourning the loss of many great ones, and sharing MeToo stories. By the time some of you read this, it wold probably be 2018 in your part of the world. It is still 2017 in my neck of the woods and I am savoring every last minute of this year. I wanted to end 2017 with a post. It’s a post to say Thank YOU for all the experiences that sharpened us, emboldened many and set the stage for a better, braver year ahead. Above is a video that speaks to the heart of how I felt about the year and, hopefully, we can all take some wisdom from the message and get on with the fine art of living and showing kindness to our fellow men/women. Since the teachings of others can offer much wisdom, I have included a selection of my favorite quotes to help us along as we wrap up 2017 and welcome another year… Hurray to 2018!

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

Year’s end, all corners of this floating world, swept. Matsuo Basho
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach
As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, His tranquility and His wisdom! Peggy Toney Horton

What has stood out most in my mind? To stop sweating the small, petty stuff and be grateful for those special serendipitous moments that show up in our lives. There have been some very hard times, some health challenges, and some very sweet miraculous events. The miracles reminded me that we are never alone in our struggles, and that the more we believe, the more the gifts are revealed. I showed up for my life this year and stayed the course in going to the gym and getting fit. For that I am proud. I also spent much needed quality time with friends and my large, extended family. Even though there were some health issues, I pushed through and continue to heal. There has been much to teach one about humility and I am grateful for those lessons. The grace of living life with gratitude is to see the doors opening as we walk towards them. The gift of a life well lived is to remember others and their needs. For 2018, I wish you all peace, love, and abundant blessings. Leave the old wounds, slights and worries at your doorstep and trust that the new year will bring great gifts and opportunities for growth. Upwards and Onwards! Good Bye 2017 and Welcome 2018!

Thank you All for the wonderful support you’ve given me this year. I would not have stayed the course without your loving feedback and encouragement. May the coming year be fruitful and productive for all of us. What are your thoughts? How did you spend New Year’s Eve? What do you wish for 2018? Do share! Thank you.

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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – Finally  –   This week, write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Stay tuned

Have a peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

117 Comments leave one →
  1. nausheen1shaikhgmailcom permalink
    01/01/2018 1:26 am

    This article is really inspirational & full of positivity…keep sharing the good word !!
    Thanks .

  2. 01/01/2018 1:46 am

    Happy New Year!

    • 01/01/2018 9:46 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! Btw, I love your blog. 🙂

      • stoner on a rollercoaster permalink
        01/01/2018 10:15 pm

        thank you for both. 🙂yours is pretty amazing too 🙂

  3. alainamonster permalink
    01/01/2018 9:09 am

    I totally agree that 2017 just flew by! 2017 was the year I learned to go with the flow more too. Looking forward to 2018 for sure! Wishing you all the best in 2018 😀

  4. Karla permalink
    01/01/2018 10:59 am

    I love when you said “stop sweating the small, petty stuff and be grateful for those special serendipitous moments that show up in our lives.” This is something I will be doing. Thanks. Happy New Year.

  5. Whimsy Soul (@TheWhimsySoul) permalink
    01/01/2018 12:42 pm

    I love your reflections! This year really flew by and it’s nice to reflect on all that happened.

  6. Kendra permalink
    01/01/2018 3:19 pm

    During 2018 I also plan to stop sweating the small stuff. It’ll help relieve so much stress!

  7. Aïchatou Bella permalink
    01/01/2018 8:00 pm

    Id have to agree with you that 2017 flew by! Of course I’ve had some bad days but thankfully there were more great ones!
    Have a wonderful 2018,
    Aïchatou Bella

  8. ashleyb21 permalink
    02/01/2018 7:43 am

    Love the positivity! And I agree 2017 flew by. Its liked I blinked last Jan and here I am lol. Great post

  9. Different Frame of Mind permalink
    02/01/2018 8:19 am

    This is definitely very inspirational. I have set so many goals for this new year and I am ready to achieve them. It’s hard not to let life get you down, but this year I am going to get right back up when it does.

  10. pinkrimage (@pinkrimage) permalink
    02/01/2018 8:49 am

    I hope this year brings a lot of good luck, health, and wealth in your life and helps you achieve great heights in your life!

  11. chewoutloud permalink
    02/01/2018 2:28 pm

    Love your inspiration for the new year. Every year I get older, the years go by that much faster. Your weekly/daily motivations are so creative and inspiring.

  12. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    02/01/2018 9:40 pm

    I have to agree, 2017 just sort of whirred by. I’m looking forward to what 2018 has in store for me. Hopefully, more positive things and less of the negative ones this year. 🙂

  13. lucicoo permalink
    03/01/2018 12:44 am

    That is one of my goals for this year, do not sweat the small things. If I start t I will just take a moment and relax.

  14. acraftymix permalink
    03/01/2018 12:48 am

    It does feel like 2017 went waaaay to fast, but it was a good year. May 2018 bring you lots of joy Elizabeth. And as always sending much love. I’ve really enjoyed your motivation posts and I learnt a few new big words too 😉

  15. Emmanuel Damian permalink
    03/01/2018 1:12 am

    2017 flew really fast! I think 2018 will be a better year. Good luck and I hope to see more of your posts soon.

  16. lavandamichelle permalink
    03/01/2018 2:14 am

    What a beautiful post this is. 2017 was another year that has shaped me though pain, cheers, love, and fears. During my trails I stayed focus and made it through to the other side. I am so thank for all the encouragement and support that certainly help me along the way. Just like with 2016 I’m leaving the bad and holding on to the good of 2017, including the start of my blog.

  17. Elena permalink
    03/01/2018 2:55 am

    I enjoyed every single word from this post. I love positive people and you’re definitely one of them. Keep up the good work and may this new year bring tons of happy moments in your life!

  18. drewandtrishstravelsandadventures permalink
    03/01/2018 3:30 am

    2017 flew by so quickly and it was a fantastic year! I decided to start 2018 out by going to sleep by 9 and getting a good nights sleep. 2018 will be the year of not sweeting the small stuff and not wasting time on “junk thoughts”! Happy New Year!

  19. mommafitlyndsey permalink
    03/01/2018 3:43 am

    2017 was here and gone in a flash! here’s to 2018!

  20. Suzanne permalink
    03/01/2018 5:47 am

    I always love the first page of a book metaphor. My favorite. Happy New Year!

  21. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    03/01/2018 6:33 am

    Great to hear your reflections and round up – heres to a brilliant 2018 for you 🙂

  22. Stephanie JNote permalink
    03/01/2018 6:47 am

    Yes! I love that you savored every last moment of your 2017 and looked at 2018 as a continuation of what you were working towards. So true! Happy new year to you.

  23. nadaliebardo permalink
    03/01/2018 8:09 am

    Happy New Year! 2017 has left us and let’s jump right into 2018. You shared one of my favorite quotes, 365 to write an amazing story.

  24. Alicia Taylor at permalink
    03/01/2018 8:38 am

    The years always fly by – and it seems the older I get, the fast it flies. I’m glad you enjoyed your time with friends and hope that you experience fewer health issues. May this year be better than all the preceding years.

  25. 03/01/2018 8:39 am

    2017 just started to come alive for me when it ended. I look forward to the new year and hope that it doesn’t fly by as fast at 17 did. I think the big thing I learned in 2017 is that not everything comes at lighting speed.

  26. Nati permalink
    03/01/2018 9:28 am

    Happy New Year Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing your fantastic thoughts with us, it has been a great year for your blog, and I wish you all the best for the 2018!!

  27. Niekartistiek permalink
    03/01/2018 1:24 pm

    2017 went so fast indeed! I love that this post is full of positivity – let’s celebrate 2018! Wishing you a wonderful year!

  28. Lakesha permalink
    03/01/2018 3:56 pm

    2018 was full of changes for me and my family. We moved, started new jobs and I started my blog. We also had some very challenging times but we are certainly stronger as a family. I am hoping to do a reset in 2018. I am anticipating new and greater for our lives. I am expecting an abundance of blessings this year!

  29. 03/01/2018 5:07 pm

    The past year was definitely challenging. Before December rolled in, I lost my precious fur baby and it was devastating. Our hearts were broken throughout the month and it wasn’t an easy feat. I am looking forward to the year ahead and the joys it will bring. Happy new year!

  30. Evelyn Lo Foreman permalink
    03/01/2018 5:49 pm

    What stands out the most for this past year are glimpses of family, my kids, hugs, and lots of sweat equity put in for work. All in all, I am grateful for the souls whose path I crossed and for the many blessings our connections bring. ❤️ Much love to you! 😘 grateful for your inspiration 💞

  31. jossynana permalink
    03/01/2018 6:06 pm

    thanks for such a great post, reflecting on last year i have a look up for. i hope this year smiles at me and you too

  32. Nina Bashaw Photography permalink
    03/01/2018 6:56 pm

    It’s crazy to me how fast 2017 flew by! Best of luck to you in 2018 with all your goals!

  33. thebusyboymama permalink
    03/01/2018 8:30 pm

    It definitely changed in a blink of an eye! My kids turn 1 and 5 this January. Time flies by.

  34. All She Things permalink
    03/01/2018 10:38 pm

    Such a positive post. This is the right kind of motivation everyone needs at the start of the year!

  35. Shruti Arora permalink
    03/01/2018 11:19 pm

    New year also brings new hope and energy, so lets hope 2018 turns out best for you. Happy New Year!!

  36. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    03/01/2018 11:44 pm

    2017 was a relatively good year for me, however, towards the end of the year, family members fell ill and needed to stay in the hospital. I am hoping for the best this 2018, healthwise for me and my family. Wishing you a great new year, Elizabeth. Looking forward to more inspiring posts from you.

  37. Lyf&Spice permalink
    04/01/2018 1:36 am

    It’s good to be grateful for all that one has. Nice to see that petty things have stopped bothering you. Wishing you an amazing 2018. Cheers!!

  38. elishaff permalink
    04/01/2018 3:14 am

    Happy New Year! It’s going to be a great, fun, and work-filled year for all. I am so excited!

  39. Brittany Bright permalink
    04/01/2018 6:36 am

    Such an inspirational post! My word for the year is “persistence!”

  40. lonestarpersuasion permalink
    04/01/2018 10:43 am

    I’m right there with ya! I have no clue where 2017 went! Happy New Year!!

  41. ladysworldoffashion permalink
    04/01/2018 10:44 am

    Hello, yes 2017 was great and 2018 will be perfect! I wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  42. Cindy Gordon permalink
    04/01/2018 10:58 am

    I am a bit sad to see 2017 go. It was such a great year for a lot of us. I look forward to seeing what the new year brings, though!

  43. Evelyn Foreman, Path of Presence permalink
    04/01/2018 12:25 pm

    Thank you for this. Always love your quotes and inspiring positivity. Many blessings for continued success in the new year. <3

  44. Rosey permalink
    04/01/2018 1:36 pm

    2017 was a year of exponential growth and a regaining of stability for me. I am hoping to improve upon that in 2018 with one huge goal left yet to complete. 🙂 I do love to see inspiring quotes. Thank you for sharing.

  45. briabbymom permalink
    04/01/2018 2:45 pm

    I concur that 2017 went by really fast… unbelievably fast. I haven’t reflected on 2017.. but I think I should!! Happy New Year

  46. CultiVitae permalink
    04/01/2018 5:38 pm

    You’re always full of such positivity!

  47. 04/01/2018 5:48 pm

    Happy New Year! May 2018 be everything you hope for it to be, and more!

  48. melclayville permalink
    04/01/2018 9:34 pm

    I love the quote by Richard Bach! Caterpillars/butterflies are such a beautiful example of rebirth and renewal! Happy 2018!

  49. Garf permalink
    07/01/2018 4:23 am

    2017 was not so great but I am still thankful for everything that happened. I am looking forward to 2018 a much better year.

  50. Alexa Brooks permalink
    07/01/2018 5:27 pm

    It’s hard, but stopping sweating the small stuff is a major goal of mine.

  51. Alexandria Vassallo permalink
    07/01/2018 5:43 pm

    It is hard to believe we are already in January. It just seems like it was yesterday that it was summer. The time has gone by fast… I can not believe it.

  52. Emily Fata permalink
    07/01/2018 5:48 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a super eventful 2017!! I hope your new year is amazing and filled with endless happiness and adventure! 🙂

  53. thetennisfoodie permalink
    07/01/2018 8:08 pm

    I love all the photos! You did well last 2017! I know 2018 will be a much bigger year for you.

  54. Shell permalink
    08/01/2018 5:26 am

    2017 definitely just flew by for me…. I can’t believe it’s already gone but I look forward to the blessings of a new year! I wish you a very happy new year!

  55. lavandamichelle permalink
    08/01/2018 5:53 am

    I love the idea of not sweating the small things. I have added that to my list of positive outlooks for 2018. I spend New Year Eve with my loving husband, watching movies, while the children stayed up as late as possible with their cousins to watch the ball drop. It was nice and fun. I am grateful for all the possibilities for 2018.

  56. Cheryl permalink
    08/01/2018 1:19 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this post. Such a great way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. My new years resolution was also to not let small unimportant issues get to me and think of the big picture – I get stressed out far too easily and I know that – so that’s what I want to work on for 2018 (along with eating healthy and exercising more of course). I hope 2018 is good to you!

  57. Hellocuppies permalink
    11/01/2018 7:22 am

    total agree to stop sweating the small stuff and yes 2017 went super fast for me too. I hope 2018 slows down a tad!

  58. Garrile Blog permalink
    11/01/2018 7:44 am

    I feel like this last year I started to stop worrying so much about the little things as well… As time goes by and we grow as people and find maturity we start seeing things for what truly matters 🙂

  59. Joanna Davis permalink
    11/01/2018 8:35 am

    We should be looking to each year with positivism, I agree on that. We should see the good things that happened and not the bad ones. I promised myself at the beginning of 2017 that I will say yes more this year and don’t miss opportunities. And for most of it, I did it.

  60. kylie cre8tone permalink
    29/01/2018 8:25 pm

    Great way to hv a reflection of the whole year.. lovely post.. Like it very much!

  61. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    21/02/2018 1:10 pm

    As for being happy, I am constantly depressed, clinically depressed. My happy moments come from contemplating about what I have and how much less some others have. What life has given me and what I am thankful for such as heat and even air conditioning. Inside plumbing, hot and cold water. In some countries the water comes out warm and costs to get cold just for an example. I always find some nugget of inspiration in your posts.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/03/2018 1:11 am

      Thank you for your inspiring feedback… You inspire me with your compassionate heart always. <3


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