“When the bells all ring and the horns all blow and the couples we know are fondly kissing. Will I be with you or will I be among the missing? Maybe it’s much too early in the game, ah but I thought I’d ask you just the same, ‘What are you doing News Years, New Years Eve.'”
Photo by Lindsey La Rue
Ah, 2016, or as some have come to dub it “the worst year ever.” I suppose we can take two ways to look at 2016: it was either the worst year ever and we can’t wait to move on to 2017 and hope to not repeat those same mistakes or we can think of all the important lessons we encountered in 2016, learn from them, and be better in 2017.
From where I started in 2016 (original post here), I thought 2016 proved to be one of my best years ever. When it comes to 2016, it just goes to show that social media doesn’t portray everything as it is, and when all else fails, you need to listen to your heart. Your inner voice is always right and you need to give it a good listen sometimes.
2016 has been the biggest blessing in disguise. As they say “man plans and God laughs”. I’ve had so many incredible opportunities come my way this year with blogging and freelance writing, discovered new friends, rekindled relationships with old friends, started going back to church (I go to Passion City if anyone ever wants to meet up one Sunday), found new passions to pursue, perfected skills, and have seen so much personal growth, I don’t even feel like the same person who started 2016. Let’s reflect on my 2016 Goals and see how I stacked up 364 days later.
Mental Health: Well, considering I’m currently writing this post from my bed, the whole “laptop out of the room” thing didn’t hold up very well but I have started tuning out of Social Media more and living life instead of “living life for the gram” as I was doing last year. I’ve been reading non-stop this year. I’m currently reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and I cannot put it down. I’ve read about 10 other books, some classics (The Importance of Being Ernest) and some new ones (anything by JoJo Moyes). I did not practice French, much, I did learn to write (or imitate) calligraphy, dancing is still something I like to pursue after a couple of G&T’s in a dark bar, and I’ve made one decision that will greatly improve/ change my life next year: I’m going back for my MBA.
Physical Health: I don’t think I’ve been this in shape since I was running track in High School, and even then, my muscle strength back then doesn’t compare to what it is today. I have rekindled my love for running, ran my first 5k this year under 28 minutes, hit a 7-minute mile in November, and find myself doing some sort of physical activity 3-5 days a week.
Blogging: Wow I missed the mark entirely with this one, let’s just say life and focusing on my career took precedence this year, and if I were to get even 5 posts a month on the blog that was a win. I promise not to drop off that much next year, I have a lot planned!
Social: I have been quite the social butterfly this year. I’ve felt like I was back in sorority world and freshly graduated, ripe with energy like a bright-eyed 22-year-old at the wise old age of 26! I’ve made new girlfriends, strengthened and rekindled relationships with old friends, took lots of girls trips, and really lived this year with a full and happy heart surrounded by people who support me, and most importantly, love me unconditionally. It is so important to surround yourself with like-minded people who inspire you and make you want to be the best version of yourself. I know the saying goes “your vibe attracts your tribe” but I think this year has shown me that equally “your tribe affects your vibe.”
Accomplishments of 2016: I’ve been hugely blessed this year with amazing opportunities. I got my first cover story with Points North Magazine, worked with The Home Depot on their Holiday Style Challenge, partnered with The World of Coca-Cola on their “Share a Coke with ATL” campaign, traveled up and down the South Carolina coast, visited my second favorite Southern city, and landed my dream job with an amazing company that I could see myself retiring at.
If you take one thing away from this post, or 2016 itself, it’s that no matter the setbacks that might be thrown your way, you have the opportunity to put anything into a positive perspective. Let’s not say 2016 was the “worst year ever”, instead lets all dub it our phoenix year, a year of personal growth after something life altering. Sometimes we have to burn ourselves down to build ourselves back up. And what a beautiful thing that is that we’ve all got the opportunity to rebuild ourselves in a newer, better image for 2017.
Until Next Year.