Happy New Year everyone!

In putting together my¬†2016 tax information in these first hours of 2017 I came across my miniature chalkboard which I purchased this past summer for my “I DO BBQ” engagement party. My step-daughter still had “Happy Halloween” written on it with a jack-o-lantern from this fall when she borrowed it to decorate her bedroom. As I was cleaning it I was reminded of the old adage….Today is a blank slate.

Indeed everyday is, but would we be human if the beginning of another 365 day cycle didn’t cause us to pause and reflect on what’s been and what will be?

2016 was an interesting year for me personally as I:

  • Worked most of the year as a contract employee. (a total deviation from having worked at the same place for the last decade)
  • Started the year in an intensive five-month fellowship program. (both challenging and rewarding)
  • Got engaged. (exciting and scary at the same time)
  • Moved in with my fiance. (see above)

Those are the highlights, but what did I learn? Am I better for having been alive in 2016? Did I accomplish anything? Is there anything I would do over?

I could think about it more and list it here, but off the top of my head here are some things I’m sure of:

  • Working for yourself is hard-work.
  • It doesn’t matter if you’re 12 or 34; there’s still going to be drama.
  • Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. (o.k., so I stole that from Ferris Bueller)

So what do I “hope” for 2017?

I hope that I focus on the good, not the bad. I hope that I focus on my own personal growth, and not my growth against others’. I hope that I take time to enjoy life when I need to.

Whatever you hope for 2017, may you achieve it.