looking back at 2022

Oh boy has it been a year, I don’t even know where to begin.

This year really rattled me to my core. I’m two sentences in and I already have tears streaming down my face as I write this.

My whole life I’ve been incredibly lucky, I managed to go 21 years of life without experiencing grief and this year that all changed. I lost 3 beautiful souls this year, all of whom shaped me to be the person I am today. I’m in the process of learning how to live with this grief, honouring their memory always without letting the sadness hold me back in life. The past month I’ve let my sadness envelope me a little too much so in 2023 I’m hoping to learn, heal and grow a lot, but more on that later.

This year I also finished my undergraduate degree. Let me tell you that has been a long haul. Oh, how I will not miss the nights when I wake up panic-stricken due to calculus-induced nightmares. While I’m very excited and proud to be done, it’s also a weird, strange, scary feeling being done. For over 17 years now I’ve been a student, it’s strange processing that all of a sudden no longer being a part of my identity. I’m really excited about what the future holds and I think it will be fun to share my journey of post-grad life through this blog.

I also took a big leap of faith this year and started dating again. If you’ve been following along for a long time, you probably would’ve picked up the hints that about 3 years ago I experienced a heartbreak that made me really scared to open myself up again. I’m happy to report that in 2022 I finally freaking moved on and am no longer hung up on the same boy. While I cannot report that dating has been going particularly well for me I’m proud of myself for trying. Maybe in the new year, this is something I’ll chat a bit more about but for now, there’s the dating update.

This year was also full of some very fun moments. I went on a couple amazing trips this year, I made some amazing new friends, and many nights were spent laughing with family.

At 22, I’m officially into my twenties and let me tell you I am excited for what they hold. As cheesy as it sounds I am really living the life that 12-year-old me dreamed I would have one day and that is a really exciting feeling. It can be a lot sometimes seeing all these people accomplish incredible things at such young ages. My favourite thing to do is imagine what my younger self would think about my life. It never ceases to make me proud.

However 2022 treated you, I hope that 2023 is better and that your year is full of love and laughter. I’m excited to see what is in store for us!

XO Cassidy Hannah

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