Raise your hand if 2016 has been a whirlwind for you.
Last year, I tried something new, instead of committing to a "New Years Resolution." Instead, I gave myself monthly goals. Each month I gave myself goals pertaining to the different aspects of my life. Sitting down at the beginning of each month gave me the opportunity to do the following 16 things:
- Start 2 blogs. I love to write. My first blog failed (pretty epically I might add). This one, has taught me a lot. I've joined blogger groups on basically every social media platform. My graphics look waaay better now compared to when I first started. I'm learning so much
- Meet lots of new people. I've been to so many networking events this year that I've kinda sorta started to like them.
- Make new friends. Good friends are hard to come by these days. Luckily, I made a few this year. We may drive each other crazy but we also drive each other toward our goals, which is important.
- Get ahead on my degree program. General Education requirements are absolutely horrible. Instead of a full semester of these courses, next semester (so like 2 weeks from now) I will begin my upper division finance courses. I'm honestly super duper nervous, but also super duper excited (sorry, my nerd is showing).
- Learn how to save money. Let's not talk about how I had almost no concept of money prior to college. This year, I learned how to live on less, but still enjoy life.
- Vote! I don't want to start any political debates, but I think that it was super cool to participate in my very first election. If you did not participate in the general elections, I hope that you voted in the state election.
- Learn how to interview. Between networking and applying for internships, I have had my fair share of interviews this year (don't worry, I'll have some tips for you soon). With every experience, I learned something new. Whether or not I get an internship for this upcoming summer or not, I will be prepared to land one for the summer of 2018.
- Appreciate feedback. I use to fear criticism of any kind. Now, I love it. I love opportunities to grow and do better. Feedback is great for that. Even when you aren't sure if it is applicable, feedback is still good. This year, I received some feedback that I didn't feel was accurate, instead of getting upset about it like I would've in the past, I took the opportunity to ask others if they saw the same things in me.
- Celebrate others. This year, I tried to celebrate others more than I celebrated myself. Celebrating others lifts up the other person while also lifting you up.
- Make friendships last. Not every friendship is meant to last forever, and I understand that. This year I put more work into my friendships. Instead of forcing the relationship to grow, I did my part and allowed life to do the rest. Simple things like getting lunch can make any worthwhile relationship flourish!
- Learn to listen to my body. Your body will talk to you and tell you what it needs. I have learned when I need vegetables, when I need sleep, and when I just need to take a break. Listen to your body, you have to live in it!
- Discover my inner sustainable self. The planet, like our bodies, also tells us what it needs. I've set out to reduce my carbon footprint (which is a long way from the girl who would purposely throw recyclables away).
- Learn about branding. Building my personal brand has been the most important aspect of blogging and setting myself up for the future. These days, I try not to be a walking billboard. Instead, I try to promote the causes I support.
- Discover my appreciation for podcasts. When I was younger, podcasts could not keep my attention. Now, I love them. I'm more likely to listen to a podcast than watch tv. They are great because you get to use your imagination and you aren't forced to be in one area. I love listening to podcasts while getting ready for school, in the car, and at the grocery store.
- Use a planner. So after buying a planner that didn't work for me, I created my own. Now the product (my life binder) was cool, but the best part was learning what works best for me and how to plan my time for productivity.
- Fall in love with the process. Last year, I set out to begin loving myself. This year I set out to loving the process. Instead of becoming overly critical of myself for not achieving the results I wanted, I focused on the process it took to get the results
What was the biggest lesson from 2016 that you learned? What are you looking forward to in the new year?.