Here we are at the end of 2017. This year has had its ups and downs as all years. I said good bye to my aunt who passed away this year. My mom and I had two trips that we enjoyed. I had periods of depression. I also achieved my goal of paying off my car.
In May, my Aunt Sandy passed away. Aunt Sandy loved her family and did her best to care for us. I will always have the happy memories of the happy times with my aunt. She is now with her beloved husband and I know one day I will see her again. She will be missed.
Mom wanted to go down to Charleston, South Carolina this year for our vacation. I love going to Charleston and been several times. This was my mom's first time. We enjoyed our visit and seeing the different historical sites. Mom said she would like to go back and I would have to said I would too. Our second trip was to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We have been to Gatlinburg many times before but this was our first time we stayed at a hotel. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in the main part of Gatlinburg. It is a beautiful hotel. We was nice to walk to things in town. It was good to see the area is recovering from the wild fires that burned the area in November of 2016. We wanted to go to support the people of an area we love and see as neighbors since they are only 2 hours drive away.
I have been working through a couple issues in my life and in the process of working on them, I slipped in to depression a couple times this year. I am happy to say I am doing better now.
Each year, I set goals for myself to reach. One of my goals this year was to get my car paid off. I paid extra on my car when I got my tax refund and I also used some of my money from the overtime I have been working to get the it paid down. The December payment paid the car off. I received the title free and clear a couple days later. I am hoping to have the car for a couple more years and hope to save money to buy my next car without a loan.
I am glad 2017 is coming to an end and I am looking forward to the upcoming blessings to come in 2018. I am hoping for good news to come in 2018 from the work I have been doing this year.