2017 Year End Reflections

2017 is nearing its end! I know it’s been a difficult and challenging year for many, from natural disasters to the state of our politics but right I’m choosing to focus on the positive as the year closes out. I refuse to look back at 2017 as a negative year overall. Bad things happen, they always do but I won’t let that put a damper on the memories. It was a challenging year in many ways but also such a good year in many ways.

2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries

I never like to end the year focusing on the negative because no matter what goes on throughout the year, life’s a blessing and I choose to celebrate it. This is one of my favorite times of year (besides the summer) and I am fully embracing this holiday season with a positive and happy mindset.


2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries

So many good things have happened this year to make me smile. The husband and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary in March with a trip to Montreal. It was our first time traveling to Canada and I think we picked the perfect city for our first visit. Montreal was the perfect combination of city charm mixed with some slight European vibes without having to travel all the way to Europe. Being only a 6-hour drive away from us, I think we’ll be going back sooner than later for another trip.

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries



In May, I turned the big 3-0! I wasn’t dreading it like some do. Birthdays are a reason to celebrate, no matter what the age, because it means you’ve lived another year of life and what can be bad about that? My 20s were great, I learned a lot and grew as a person but I know my 30s will be filled with many more great things. 30 is a big milestone to celebrate and celebrate I did with a party with my closest family members and friends. I can’t wait to do it all over again for 35. Just kidding…but I do love a good party!

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Right before Memorial Day I traveled to Minneapolis for a work trip and while I didn’t really enjoy the city, I enjoyed the trip. I learned a lot on that trip, met some really nice people, and learned some skills to advance my career. Will I go back to Minneapolis on a pleasure trip? Probably not but it was a good experience overall.

2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries


I spent almost every weekend at the beach this summer which I haven’t done since right after I graduated high school! It was a hot, hazy, humid summer here in NY and I took advantage of every single moment. Summers here are short so I embrace the crazy heat.

2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries


2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries


As a belated 30th birthday present to myself, I traveled to Europe for the first time in September. I spend a few days in Paris and then spent a few days in Brussels. Both cities were amazing and I know I still have posts to share recapping the trip! The food and sights were wonderful and it’s hard to say which city was my favorite so I’ll just say I loved both equally for different reasons. (I promise I will start working on the recap posts!)

2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries

I kicked off the holiday season with a long, boring, and tiring drive down to Florida for Thanksgiving week with the husband to visit family. It’s not fun but we do it so we can take Rocco along. Thanksgiving in Florida was nice and relaxing and just what I needed after a few crazy and stressful weeks at work.

2017 Year in Review // The Krystal Diaries

It’s a blessing and I’m very thankful for the year I’ve had. I’m happy I was able to squeeze in these many trips this year and I know I won’t always be able to. I’m happy I got to spend so much time with family and friends celebrating joyful events from graduations to weddings to showers.

So farewell to 2017. You may not have been perfect but that’s ok because you were still full of happy moments.

What made you happy in 2017?

Since Christmas day and New Years day both fall on Mondays and that’s my normal posting schedule, I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off and I’ll be back at it right after New Years!

I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season and New Years!

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  • Reply Christie Brown

    I love reflecting back on the year just passed during this time of year. 2017 wasn’t the best of years, so I appreciate you focusing on the positive. 🙂 Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and the big 3-0! Looks like you had a pretty great year, regardless of all else that has happened. All the best for 2018! x

    December 21, 2017 at 9:47 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Happy Holidays!!

      December 21, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply Life with Larissa

    I love your attitude for approaching the end of the year. NO year is without its trials, and tribulations, but like you said – we have to look at the positives and remember all the good times. I’m so glad you were able to travel to Europe. Paris is my all-time favorite city, and I also loved Brussels. I think I’m a sucker for Europe in general 🙂 May you have a great holiday season, and a very happy new year!

    December 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM
  • Reply Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine

    What a great way to look at the year. It’s been a crazy year, full of quite a few negatives for my family as well as dealing with Hurricane Harvey for me and Irma for my family. But those are just small bits of the year, and I love to focus on the positive! Sounds like you had a wonderful year!!

    December 21, 2017 at 1:57 PM
  • Reply Carley

    You’re so right. You can’t look back negatively because life is a blessing. I’m so happy for you that you’ve had so many happy memories to reflect on this past year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. May the holidays bring you peace, joy, and happiness.

    December 21, 2017 at 8:01 PM
  • Reply Lois Alter Mark

    Though I totally agree that this year had its fair share of troubles, it’s refreshing to see someone look back on 2017 with a positive attitude. Here’s to 2018 being full of as many adventures and good memories, if not more!

    December 21, 2017 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Taylor Mobley

    I love this reflection. I just did mine too and actually had a nice year with my husband.

    December 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM
  • Reply thebrunettebabedotcom

    Such beautiful photos!! I am looking forward to what is coming in 2018 🙂

    December 23, 2017 at 5:24 PM
  • Reply Marjie Mare

    I like your positive way of seeing life. I will add when bad things happen, let’s turn them into a power of strength, learn from them and grow..

    December 23, 2017 at 6:52 PM
  • Reply brandidcrawfordgmailcom

    I love end of the year reflection. Your anniversary trip to Canada sounds awesome! Congrats!

    December 23, 2017 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply Chelsie Carr

    I love the reminder you shared to focus on the good of the year instead of the bad! This year was really rough for us but there were some great things for us to!

    December 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM
  • Reply supermillennial

    Really cool post I just did one similar! I love looking back and reflecting on the year and all the progress that was made 🙂

    December 26, 2017 at 5:51 PM
  • Reply Candy Rachelle

    That is such a great way to look forward at the year. Congratulations to your Anniversary and to your the big 3-0. Have a great Holiday.

    December 27, 2017 at 5:54 AM
  • Reply Easter Babe

    It sounds like you’ve had an adventurous year. I love when people can put negativity behind them and always look for the positive.

    December 27, 2017 at 9:57 AM
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