2016: A Reflection


I've seriously seen so many people talking about how 2016 was the worst year in history. Apparently it was so bad that people made a horror movie trailer of all the things that happened. (If you haven't seen it, here is the link.) I can't say that the past year was the worst or the best, but it definitely defined how I am going into 2017.

I know it's already five days into January, but I have been reflecting a lot on 2016 for the past week, and I wanted to blog about it so that I can have a clean slate going into this year.

Over the past year...

1. I started my blog.
It's weird thinking that I started my blog almost a whole year ago. I originally started my blog as somewhere for me to post about things that are relevant to me, and I didn't think anyone would actually read it. It's definitely become so much more than that over the past year. My blog has grown to become somewhere that people look for advice, commentary, or a laugh. I am thankful I'm able to appeal to so many women (and men) just like me. I hope I continue to live up to your expectations.

2. I ran my first 10K.
  
I remember when I registered for this race, back in October 2015. I planned on running it by myself, but I'm so thankful that Taylor did more than cheering from the sideline. Training for this race inspired me to get back into shape. I (we) plan on participating in this race again next year, and maybe even upping the ante.

3. I left my job.
This is one of those moments that I don't want to include on the summary of my year, but I'm going to because it was also a moment that I realized what I deserve in life. I am a firm believer of doing what makes you happy, and I was not happy.

4. My apartment flooded.
Again, another one of those moments that I'm not happy to look back on. "Homeless" and jobless, probably the lowest low I've ever hit. I am so thankful for all the people that helped me out financially and physically during this time in my life.

5. I took a vacation to visit my parents in Florida.
 
In lieu of the flood (and because I didn't have a job), I took a trip to get out of Ohio for a week. The Florida sun was exactly what I needed. I got to meet one of the friends from the planner community and went to see one of my cousins get married.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that while I was in Florida, I got the news that I got a job offer.

6. I moved to a new city.
My life was on the upswing and I had to make a quick transition. Luckily, Columbus OH is a city that I am a little familiar with and I'm only 2 hours away from my friends in Cincinnati. I found the perfect apartment that is only a 5 minute commute from my office, I don't think I could get any more lucky.

7. I started a new job.
Again with the quick transitions. Two weeks after I left Florida, I was already starting my new job, which involved five weeks of training...in another state. I'm definitely not complaining because I got to go to Connecticut for the first time and I built a great connection with the team out there, but I am definitely glad that travelling is done for now.

I didn't know about this company until I was interviewing, but that didn't matter. They put their faith in me that I was trainable and I do my best prove to them every day that they made a good choice.

8. I celebrated my one year dating anniversary with Taylor.
 
This may sound like nothing to some people, but a year is a big deal to me. This upcoming year we are going to be facing the challenge of distance, but I have faith that we can make it work.

9. I found a community.
Even though I've lived in Columbus before (during college, for a semester at a time), finding where you fit in is hard. One of the first things that I did was find a church. No matter where I go, God's plan for me is to work in the youth ministry, and I easily found a church that was praying for someone like me. That makes you feel good, ya know? When you hope that someone is praying that you show up in their lives, and you do.

10. I found friends.
Not saying that the friends I have aren't great, but it's hard when you move two hours away. I'm so thankful for the Columbus blogger community for welcoming me into the city and guiding my exploration. I'd also like to thank Bumble BFF for what will be some wonderful friendships (I know you are reading this.) Friends make the transition easier, for sure.

So in the end, this year had it's low points, but it also had it's high points. Every experience is a learning point for me, and I plan to share how my life unfolds, as long as you are willing to keep reading. So, thank you.

What are some things that happened to you in 2016? How are you going to let them affect you this year?

1 comment

  1. You definitely had a lot of ups and downs in 2016! Glad to see that things are going well.

    I also moved to another city for a job in 2016. It was funny because I had never been there before and I just took a leap of faith that my friend and former supervisor knew me well enough to bring me into a situation I really knew nothing about. It's working out well for me so far!

    Here's to a great 2017 for the both of us!

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