There has been a lot of negative sentiment going around social media saying 2016 was the worst year ever and we hope 2017 significantly better. Yes, we lost a lot of greats (Bowie, Prince, George Micheal) and yes, former Apprentice TV show host, Donald Trump, was elected President of the United States. 2016 was a wild ride, but saying it was the worst year ever is short-sighted because there are many positive things that happened in our lives. Remember that someone else always has it worse than you do and that one man does not control the life that we lead. Just something to think about instead of panicking on Facebook 😉
Personally, 2016 was a challenging year filled with tough decisions, triumphs, and was most definitely a wild roller coaster ride most of the time. I moved in with my boyfriend, I launched a brand, and I spent more time with family than I have in previous years. I failed miserably at blogging and quit my full-time job in October. I traveled to Leòn (several times), San Miguel de Allende, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Ixtapa, Guanajuato, Oaxaca (one of my favorite trips!), Cuernavaca, Colombia, Mexico City, Mazatlán, Guadalajara and Costa Rica (for work, but still counts). Travel is a huge part of my life, I still feel blessed to look back one all of the great cities and countries I visited.
I think my biggest motto that I took away from 2016 was “Adapt and adjust.” Whatever life throws your way, adapt and adjust. Instead of rolling around in pity, staying angry at a situation, or being upset about a political outcome, adapt and adjust to the circumstances so you can keep pushing forward. I have been reminded that whatever happens in your environment, use it as fuel to make changes and become a better person/employee/business owner/family member/friend/citizen.
Even though I don’t believe in old saying “New year, new me”, I do think that a new year is a good reminder to reflect on the past and set new goals. Reading and hearing about other people’s goals/resolutions is so inspiring and motivating. I also like to share mine because I feel like in some way it keeps me accountable, and I like to read over previous year’s goals to see if I followed through or not. So, here is what I have set out for 2017: