There’s something about the new year that makes me want to blog. Sad to say that I haven’t written for myself in almost exactly two years, but blogging thrice weekly for work has a way of doing that to you. When I come home, the last thing I want to do is get back on a computer and write some more. I’m hoping to change that, though, in the coming year. For now, let’s look back on 2016.
I’ll just say it: 2016 was basically shit for everyone. Let’s not get into the many amazing people we lost (Ali, Bowie, Prince, Fisher…) or the fact that Trump is our president-to-be. For now, suffice it to say that 2016 was a year of highs and lows. The happiest and most perfect day of my life came in the end of October when I married the love of my life. Aside from that, though, it was mainly lows. I cried at work more times than I can even count, thanks largely to my own absurdly high expectations for myself. I cried a lot in my personal life, too. The only year I can remember that comes close to this one in terms of emotional turmoil is the year that my mom died. And that’s saying something.
But much like that year, 2016 was a crucible from which I not only survived, but emerged a stronger, more badass woman. I kicked some extremely toxic so-called friends from my life, began to allow myself to have a voice – an opinion – and to be heard; and learned how to not only ask for what I want (and rightly deserve), but to get it as well. Those are some pretty amazing accomplishments.
Add to that the fact that I made some huge financial strides in my life, and, well, maybe the year wasn’t so bad after all. It certainly is ending on a high note. Saving up for our wedding (we paid cash and came out 100% debt free) taught me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, including saving a ridiculous amount of money. It has prepared me for the next part of my financial journey, which is paying off my loans as quickly as possible to obtain true financial freedom. And friends, I can’t even begin to tell you how good that day will feel.
I have renewed faith and energy, and I am looking forward to all of the joys, challenges, and opportunities that 2017 is sure to bring.