“Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by 2016.”
While everyone feels as if they’ve been victimized by 2016, I, however, feel this past year treated me very well. Considering that I had spent the last two years, stumbling around like a “lost puppy,” 2016 was the year where I had found my footing. As everyone is ready to say goodbye to it, I am having trouble letting go of what was an amazing year.
One of my greatest accomplishments in 2016 was obtaining a new job. I didn’t step into the year, looking for my “dream” job, but I was hoping to find a place where I would “fit-in” instantaneously and be able to do something that I’d be passionate about. When I got myself into the chaotic world of advertising (never a dull moment by the way), I didn’t expect to find a clear path of where I wanted to grow professionally. So, when people tell me about how much they “hate” their jobs, I simply say this,”A job is a job, and nobody likes to get up for work. But, if you can find a job that you love, it makes getting up for work a lot easier.” If you missed out on my previous post about my new role in advertising, you can check it out here.
Even though this time of year is when we all self-reflect, it is good to focus on the future because 2016 will just be of the past, starting tonight (if you’re in Pacific Coast Time). 2017 will bring about new opportunities, adventures and experiences so we should all step into the new year with excitement and an open-mind. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts here, I do not partake on making a list of resolutions because, let’s be real, I can never be that avid gym goer. Honestly, I tried it out and cancelled my membership for 2017…
For 2017, I want to step into it with a different mindset, where I’d focus my attention on the following:
- Believing in myself. Even though I may act as if I have all my shit together, deep down I am actually shitting myself. While others are able to see my value and self-worth, I, however, cannot. This is a never-ending internal struggle for a lot of us, and something that comes with being a human being.
- Taking more risks. As Richard Branson once said,”The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.” Over the past few years, I’ve been living my life cautiously, fearful of the “what ifs.” By taking more chances and risks, I’d be able to learn more of what I am capable of, and that’s also accepting the mistakes that I make along the way.
- Focusing on my health. I wish this wasn’t true, but I am not getting any younger nor am I invincible. This past doctor visit made me realize that (don’t worry, it’s nothing drastic), and now I have to start taking care of my body. That means, no more hot cheetos before dinner…
- Managing my money. Not like I have any anyways, but it’s good to start learning how to financially manage my income and savings. The thought of wanting to own a home, building a family and planning for retirement has been a discussion that I’ve been dwelling on, especially since time is going by so fast.
- Traveling a lot more. In 2016, I had focused all of my energy into my professional life. With the upcoming year, I hope to find myself on a plane, traveling abroad. Traveling is so important because then you become more cultured and knowledgeable about the world outside of what you’ve always known.
As we begin to countdown for the new year, I want to say thank you to everyone who has got me to where I am thus far. 2016 is the year that I feel most grateful for, just because it had given me much more than what I had expected. I now know from here, it can only get better so I can’t wait to spend another year with you all (if some higher-power doesn’t decide to shoot me down anytime soon, of course)!
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