To say 2017 has been interesting would be an understatement.
It has been filled with so many highs and lows. I can recall very few times in life where I've felt more exasperated by current events, from politics and open displays of racism, to mass shootings and terrorist attacks. There were so many natural disasters, some in places very close to our hearts like California and Puerto Rico, and so many man-made disasters, like ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and the continuing migrant crisis in Europe and Northern Africa.
Even though my heart is heavy and continually breaks for the millions of people affected by these unfathomable events, I can't help feel a sense of gratitude that I am a) able to stay informed about these events, as access to information is a privilege in and of itself and b) able to do my (teeny tiny) part to try and make the world a better place.
I would be remiss to not acknowledge the fact that this year has been filled with an incredible amount of travel. I, once again, feel so privileged to have been able to see new places, try new foods, and have experiences that I never dreamed I would have. In 2017 I also accepted a new position at work, which has changed my life. I have never felt more excited about my work or more motivated to become a better public health professional and to continue to help those in need.
2018 will be different. Our trips will be few and far between for a few months, but I promise, we have some very exciting things ahead. Thank you so much for reading and supporting us, and we will see you in 2018!