2016: A Year in Review

2016, what a year! When I was thinking about how I wanted to review this year, I wasn’t really sure what to say. Because there is so much that I want to say about 2016. This year has been such a transitional year for me. I graduated college, got a grownup job, and started a blog. One of the three I knew would occur (graduating college), but the other two not so much. I intended to be in law school and I never imagined I would actually start blogging. But your plans don’t always happen the way you think they will.

In the midst of all of the transitions in my life – I’ve learned a few things and I’ve grown in different ways. As an overall review of my year, and beginning to figure out what I like and what I don’t like. I’m also learning what’s best for me and what isn’t. I’m hoping that 2017 will continue to be transition as I grow into the person I always knew I would be.

six things i learned in 2016:

1 | i can’t do it all

I have stopped trying to do every single thing myself because that doesn’t always work out. Asking for help is something that has always been hard for me. Yet this past year, I have found myself asking for help more than I could ever imagine. It has taught me that asking for help is needed. We’re all human and when humans are involved human error takes place. So, I learned that it was time to set my ego aside and let others contribute.

2 | stop planning & start doing

Part of the reason why it’s been so hard for me to be consistent with this blog is because I am such a planner. I can plan all day and all night without actually beginning a project. I’ve learned that if I keep planning without doing I will make myself drag things out. It hinders my productivity and hurts me from making progress. I’ve really learned that perfectionism will hinder your progress and I’m writing an entire post all about this.

3 | patience is a virtue

All of my life I’ve heard the saying: patience is a virtue, which is so true. When I review this year, I think about how I’ve met so many people this past year that lack patience. When you are doing a lot of daunting tasks and a lot of waiting is involved. Getting upset and irritable doesn’t help at all, it just makes everything worse. I’ve truly learned that good things do come to those who wait.

4 | life goes on

We all mess up – all the time. At times I tend to dwell on my mistakes instead of focusing on what is important. When I think about the Robert Frost quote, Life Goes On. It makes me divert my attention to the present moment and realize that once I get through this season there will be another one. So, it doesn’t help to dwell on the past because the future will always be better.

5 | learning is essential

Since graduating college, I’ve realized how much I enjoy learning. Also, I am not done with my education. I really want to pursue a higher degree. Until then I will continue to read and learn as much as I can about various subjects.

6 | you can only get better

The last thing I’ve learned this year during my review of it is that no matter how hard I try sometimes, I hit a wall. However, I have realized that even if I do something incorrectly. I can learn to get better at the act. So if you feel like giving up because something that you’re doing is hard, don’t. Keep trying, you will improve, and you will get better.

blog goals for 2017:

  • be more social on social media
  • complete my rebrand
  • have a consistent posting schedule

personal goals for 2017:

  • read one-hundred books
  • save more, spend less
  • find a workout routine i enjoy
  • make my wellbeing a priority

It’s crazy to think that 2017 is finally here, but I’m ready for it — are you?


4 thoughts on “2016: A Year in Review

  1. Jessica Woods

    What a year it has been for you! I wish you all the best for 2017! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  2. Bonnie McConaughy

    I learned a lot this past year as well, and am ready to make 2017 great! You have wonderful goals for the New Year!


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