2017 was a year filled with important milestones. I graduated with my bachelor's degree from college,  I accepted a full-time position at an amazing company, I traveled to Texas and other places for the first time, I got a tattoo and my nose pierced, and most importantly, I learned more about myself than I ever could believe.

If you would've told me that I would've been offered a full-time job right after graduation, I would've laughed in your face. I never felt good enough compared to my peers at Stetson. I never felt smart enough. I didn't think anyone would offer me a job right after graduation.

My point is, I had courage to go after all these things. I almost didn't apply for my internship that turned into my job because I didn't feel like I was good enough. I thought the person reviewing my application would laugh in my face. I looked at the long list of requirements for the internship and didn't think anyone would ever take me. But I decided to have courage and pursue the job anyways.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 
― Winston S. Churchill

This is the one quote that I think is important for any girl reading this. Our parents, society, our friends and even our loved ones can be so hard on us. They all have different reasoning, but they still continue to push us to our breaking point. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to not let others get you down. Keep pursuing your dreams even if they seem out of this world. Have courage and still be kind, even if it hurts.

Courage was my word of 2017. I have a word for 2018, and I will reveal it with my 2018 Goal's tomorrow! If you guys embrace a word or a mantra for every new year, let me know in the comments! I really am curious if I am the only one.

If you wanna read my goals list from 2017, click here!