Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

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:

  1. 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 
  2. Meet lots of new people. I've been to so many networking events this year that I've kinda sorta started to like them. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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


Your Turn

What was the biggest lesson from 2016 that you learned? What are you looking forward to in the new year?.