Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

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I don’t know about you but 2016 was pretty much a gong show when it came to stuff happening all around the world – but let’s be honest, it’s nothing new. As we start a new year, and another year older, I decided I would look back on the good things that happened to me this year instead of focusing on the bad (like the soon-to-be inaugurated president, Donald Trump, numerous natural disasters, and multiple terrorist related attacks – just to name a few).

I realize this list isn’t overly long, and may be rather mundane to those who lead extraordinary lives, but it was pretty great to me. Why you ask? Read below:

  1. I guess the first thing that happened to me in 2016 had to be when I reached a milestone year in my life. No longer am I considered a “young” adult, turning 30 wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. In the end it was just jumping another year ahead and kicking off another era in my life. I know 30 may not seem like such a huge accomplishment, but if you think about it – even a 100 years ago, reaching 30 was a big deal.
  2. I started a new position at work. Going back to high school and university, I never planned on not getting a job in the career I spent so much time, money and effort into achieving.  And while I never intended for my life to turn out this way, I am literally seeing what it takes to build something from the ground up. I have somewhat of a game plan now and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make that plan happen! That being said, I’m still nurturing my passion of writing by keeping up with this blog and writing for online magazines in my spare time.
  3. I kicked off my 30th year of life by following through on a trip that I’ve been dreaming about for as long as I can remember. Travelling to Ireland (and England) has forever changed me. Spending the first half of my trip with my mom, it was something both she and I will never forget. And getting to visit a close friend and her fiance in England was so much fun. I can’t explain the feeling, but all I know is that I was being called home to a place I never stepped foot in until this year. It’s been 8 months and I still can’t help but think about it every day and wonder when I will be back – and I WILL be back sooner rather than later.
  4. I came to the realization that being “friends” with fake people isn’t worth it in the end. A stupid “quiz” post on facebook gave me my untold story the other day and they quoted me as “sacrificing myself to make others happy”. And while I know it’s  fictional in essence, in reality it’s actually quite true. I am always focused on being on everybody’s good side that I tend not to notice the way they treat me. I know I have a big heart, and I love to make friends and it upsets me when I find out that others are nice to my face but think and say differently behind my back. I still have a long way to go in fully accepting this, but I’ve come to realize that it’s not worth the drama.
  5. I became closer with the few friends that I know are truly loyal to me and accept me fully for who I am – faults and all. I know I may not have all that many, but the ones I do have, I love with all my heart. They may be near or far but they’re always close to me at heart. I’ll admit that I’m a horrible person at keeping in touch with. I may be a social media guru but when it comes to text messages and phone calls, I’m never usually the one to pick up the phone first, but will always answer it on the first ring (if I hear it – haha). 2017 is definitely time to focus on keeping those connections. And to those reading this, you guys know who you are (I hope!).
  6. Lastly – and I believe this to be the most significant (other than Ireland) thing that happened this year – is the generosity of my co-workers, family and friends. If you read my previous post you’ll know that they came together and helped to raise a significant amount of money to help me purchase much needed hearing aids. I always see the generosity of others so I know it’s out there, but I never expected it to be directed towards myself. I know that hearing aids will make my quality of life so much better, it’s not life-altering or life threatening. So when they came to surprise me, I was moved to tears. You sometimes forget who has your back, and how much you are actually loved until something like this hits you in the face. I’ll be forever grateful for their love and support, and I can’t wait to start the process to get these new aids!

As I said before, this may not seem all that thrilling or exciting to you, but it’s something to me. As I get older, I think I’m beginning to understand people when they say “it’s not about the things, it’s about the experiences”. Things come and go, but the experiences are what tell you you’ve had an interesting and fulfilling life.

Here’s to 2017 being full of experiences, opportunities and hope for a brighter future. I know I sound like a futuristic ad, but in reality, hope is what gets us through those tough times. I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring and I look forward to sharing them with  all of you!

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