It’s the last day of the year and, like many people all over the world, I’m reflecting on 2018 while also thinking ahead to 2019.

After doing some thinking, I can’t deny that 2018 was the most defining year of my life (so far):

Highs: Traveling abroad with my girlfriend for the first time, proposing to her in Ireland, surviving my first year in business with Viabl, getting Dobby (our little fur baby), taking my first full-time position with Slalom Consulting, and finally reaching some amount of financial stability.

Lows: Financial issues due to higher freelance taxes than expected, multiple hospital visits while in Ireland, prolonged health issues likely due to stress, the failure to manage that stress because of an inability to consistently work out (thanks to the health issues), and losing some part of my old identity.

As you can probably guess, this year was filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

One of the most impactful lessons I learned was that health affects every aspect of life. When your health is in jeopardy, you also lose the peace of mind that allows you to think and live intentionally.

Now that I’ve reached a point of relative stability, my focus for 2019 is on helping others not only reach this point but to also thrive.

I’m still figuring out what this looks like, but all I know is that as hard as this past year was, it forced me to take a good, hard look at myself and make some hard realizations.

I lost my identity as someone who was freelancing full-time but found another one as someone who is piecing together their own path in their way.

I’m not sure what 2019 has in store, but I know that whatever it is, I’ll be ready.