Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 | An Extremely Brief Review

If you're mad that this list is incomplete, 
you're probably mad about a lot of things. 
Go play some Pokemon Go...
the freezing wintery weather will go 
well with the temperature of your heart.

This year...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Let's not forget last year...

We're one week into 2017. Out of those who have actually started their resolutions, some may still be going strong. Before you get too focused on that toned summer body you want, let's take a moment to really reflect on 2016. Stop and think.

What was your 2016 resolution?

I haven't done real resolutions in a few years. My last successful resolution was to stop drinking pop for the year, and it worked. Not only did it work, but I haven't been back since. Hands down, the best resolving I've ever done. The following year, I committed to consuming 2 servings of vegetables every day. Turns out...I'm much better at abstaining from something than I am adopting it.

So, in 2016 a friend and I committed the year to "fearlessness." Words are a passion of mine, as they should be to anyone.

How long did it last?

Were you sneaking carbs halfway through January? Did you ditch the gym with the rest of the fanatics by mid-February? Or, did you hold strong?

Was I fearless during all of 2016? No. But, it was top of mind. It drove me. It pushed me to start a blog, to imagine being a business owner, to take a hard look at my most valued relationships, and so much more.

What was the best part of the year?

Tough one. Hopefully, for all of us, it is always hard to pinpoint the best. There should be many great moments and accomplishments. You should be able to search anywhere and find something to celebrate. If you can't, you're not looking.

The year, though tagged with many unfortunate and dramatic hashtags for things from politics to celebrities (though those two things are more and more blurred), was filled with great moments. My daughter went from walking to talking to potty trained to too smart for her own good. My marriage went from being taken for granted, to something we actively work to grow. Work was challenging at times and often fun. My family was, as always, my rock.

What would you have done differently?

Don't get all hoity-toity and say you wouldn't change anything. And, don't get all self-righteous and point out what you would have changed in others. Dig deep for a moment. We all make mistakes, errors in judgment, rash decisions. We all could be better than we are today.

I would have taken more time to work on myself in 2016, if I could go back. Much of the year was spent with me dabbling in things. A blog, a wild ambition, a home renovation project, writing, reading more, giving up television, giving up social media, starting yoga. Sure, there was one reason or another than I gave up or took a break from these things. Perhaps more fearlessness would have helped, perhaps less.