It will be hard to top the year that was. From getting married and going on our honeymoon, to witnessing Tiger’s historic comeback and quality time with friends and family. 2018 is going to be a hard one for me to beat. Reflecting on the year that was fills my heart with joy.
I think it is always important to reflect and look back. Sometimes we can lose sight of all that we’ve accomplished or experienced in a year’s time. Only when we give ourselves a moment to take it all in, can we practice gratitude and really understand everything we should be thankful for.
Your list will likely look much different than mine. Maybe your list is shorter or longer. Maybe it has greater or lesser moments. Regardless, no matter where you are in your life, remind yourself that life has seasons. Some years are better or busier than others and in no way should you compare your list to someone else’s. Each person has their own priorities and valued experiences. Maybe you see my trip to Ireland as unobtainable for you, that’s ok! Your trip to visit a town a short drive away could be just as impactful to you as my trip to Ireland was for me.
In the end, be proud of your list! It’s unique to you! 2018 is a year you’ll never get back, be proud of what it was!
1. Our Wedding!
You only get married once, right?! 😉 It truly was the best day of my life. I did most of the planning on my own and I was super proud of how it turned out. It was beautiful, had fun personal touches, the photos were to die-for, and my bridesmaids gave me one of the most touching surprises. But most importantly, I said ‘I do’ to my best friend.
It was a trip of a lifetime and one we saved up for, from the moment we got engaged. Traveling together is one of our favorite things to do (no matter the distance) and this was our first trip to Europe together. I guarantee you it won’t be our last! Adding the Ryder Cup to our itinerary was icing on the cake. You should definitely have the Ryder Cup on your sports bucket list (especially if they return to Le Golf National in Paris!)
When Carr Golf Travel invited my dad and I to come to Waterville, Ireland, we did not hesitate to say yes. Words cannot describe what it was like to be able to do that with my dad. We cannot wait to go back again in 2019!
Last year was my first time getting involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s as a public figure. Clearly it was such a profound experience for me that I had to up the ante in 2018. It makes me tear up every time I think about how my grandfather would be proud of what we’ve all done to help raise awareness and funds for this terrible disease. I won’t stop until we find a cure!
2018 marked my third season with the PGA TOUR, but I had yet to interview or cover Tiger Woods. That all changed this year when the G.O.A.T. made his epic comeback, culminating with his 80th win at the TOUR Championship. I’ve been a part of big, live sports moments before, but this was on another level. I witnessed history and thinking about it still gives me goosebumps to this day. I think it always will.
Living hundreds of miles away from your best friends can be hard at times. I miss those girls like crazy daily. So it meant so much to me to be able to spend some quality time with them this year leading up to the wedding. From the epic bachelorette weekend at Cardinals Spring Training (what else?) to the above-and-beyond bridal shower that featured the best and biggest charcuterie board I’ve ever seen. I’m truly blessed to have these women in my life!
What does your list look like? Share it with me in the comments below or on Instagram!
I think it’s important to reflect back on the year before you can accurately map out your goals for 2019. So don’t make those New Years Resolutions until you’ve given yourself credit for this past year. You deserve it!