2016 was an incredible year with highs and lows, but overall an up year. I removed myself from partnerships that were not constructive and gained a new partnership that will make 2017 possibly my best year yet.
I realized I shop too much and need to reel it in. I realized I am too much of a people pleaser and need to be more mindful of my happiness. I realized I never buy underwear and I need to change that 🙂
I realized that although being a mommy is the best job in the world, having something for myself fulfills me. I realized my husband and I talk about work WAY too much but that’s just who we are.
I questioned whether or not I could handle carrying another child. I’ve hired an incredible team to keep my life streamlined and they have been amazing. I learned that if a relationship seriously isn’t a two-way street, I have to let it go, it’s too much work trying to please the other person (work in progress).
I learned that I can over-analyze everything I do for Liv. I learned that social media can be a mother’s worst enemy (stop comparing, Just do you and be the mom YOU can be).
I learned that I set unrealistic expectations for myself and my life and it can drain every ounce of energy I have on any given day. I recognized how tired I am and have to take care of ME first.
I realized I CAN work out but really just don’t make time for it.
This year I saw my parents in a different light, they have kind of moved into peers (but always my parents) and I am enjoying this season with them. And again, I learned even more on the importance and value of family in my life.
One of my years’ biggest highlights was attending the Coldplay concert in August. Seriously, so amazing. I know, I know, kind of cheesy but I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it and everyone we were with. It began the process of me realizing how truly tired I was and it was time to do something about it.
Over the last few months, I have spent countless hours self-evaluating on my time, energy and overall quality of life. At the start of all this, I would have given it a 5-6 on a scale from 1-10. Crazy right. Nothing tragic or life-threatening has happened this year but the noise I have allowed in has affected my quality of life.
I haven’t even come close to conquering some of the things I know I need to work on, but I am aware and doing my best to make positive change.
My Plan for 2017
2017 is all about simplifying, building, focus and harmony.
<< Simplify >>
We only have one life to live so my goal is to try to complicate things less.
<< Build >>
Each year presents its own new categories of growth. This year I really want to build on my faith and understanding of the world and people around me.
<< Focus >>
Keeping my eye on the business venture I am so incredibly excited about.
<< Harmony >>
Continually seeking the balance of life, work, love, and happiness.
You may have not reflected on 2016 or care to make any type of resolutions for the new year. After all, it really is just time and a way to reset our brains to something “new.” Nothing new is really happening but it’s so refreshing to have that reset, to try to be better, to grow, and reflect on this beautiful life we have been given.
Happy New Year. I hope you go and kill 2017.
BIG BIG thank you to Chriselda for being my partner, friend, and photographer.