Hi y'all! I'm a few days away from getting back to the work grind and wanted to reflect on the past year. I'm about to get super real with y'all...
The past couple of years [2015 & 2016] I've shared my goals & aspirations for the coming year. I felt so pumped and inspired to reach a bunch of lofty goals but fell a bit short on each. This New Year, I didn't feel inspired to share a ton of resolutions and goals. I didn't have any specific ones in mind and it's probably because 2016 was a rough year. I have heard SO many people share the same sentiment and I hate to add to it but seriously. 2016... You. Sucked. Balls.
2016 was peppered with stress, drama, negativity and plain ol' sh*ttiness from multiple aspects of my life. With all the sh*t going on, it really opened my eyes on what the truly important things in life are which are your health (physical, mental, emotional), family & friends (the family you choose). I'm a big believer that you are the cause of anything in your life so with all the negative things going on, it made me sit back and reevaluate what I'm doing to create these situations. At the end of the day, I realized that some things are just out of my control and the true responsibility I have had this year is allowing negativity to affect me. Yes, there will be hard, trying times but it's all about how you handle it/yourself that truly matters. I also believe that everything happens for a reason and there is always some lesson to be learned. I have learned that situations that attempt to compromise my integrity are hands down NOT WORTH IT and all I can do is make every effort to fix it or if that doesn't work, remove myself from it.
Although this past year has been rough, it has molded me into an even better person. I am reminded that I have an awesome, supportive husband. I am reminded that my fur baby is still healthy and adorable. I am reminded that I have good friends who are uplifting and family who are striving to improve themselves.
My main goals for this year are to be present in each moment and to strive for what makes me & those I love happy. I'm happy to bid 2016 a big deuces and look forward to moving onto bigger and better things this year. However - even with the crappy parts of 2016, it wasn't all bad. I constantly have to remind myself of the positives and highlights. Without the dark times, you can't truly appreciate the great times. I hope 2017 is a fantastic year for y'all!! I am so thankful for all of you - my readers and subbie family. Your encouragement and support has helped me through this past year and I am so grateful for each of you. Sending love & positivity your way.
Mike winning Manager of the Year [proud wife moment]:
Yoga on the Bridge - All Out TrinityThis event reignited my love for yoga. If you're in the DFW, this is such a fun event from yogi newbies to advanced. Each year they shut down the Margaret Hill Bridge and you get to do an hour of yoga. Last year was such a great time and I'm looking forward to doing it again on March 4th [details here]!
Austin for bachelorette parties & floating the river [my first time, so fun!!]
Our trip up to New England:We visited Maine for a friend's wedding and ate some of the most delicious (& biggest) lobster rolls ever. The scenery and weather was absolutely gorgeous. We stopped by the Nubble Lighthouse then hiked Mount Major in New Hampshire (my first time). I got to see where Mike grew up and played in the arcade he worked at when he was just a little guy :)
Work trip to Boston:
This was my first time at a Red Sox game at Fenway & first time having afternoon tea at the Boston Public Library. Both were amazing moments that I will never forget!
My hermana got married!
Getting invited to the Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show!
Getting personal with Kiehl's!
And of course, fun puppy park dates with our besties & my sweet Juju B :)