2016 was quite the year. Up until this past week, I would have easily said it was one of my favorites to date – a year of firsts, a year of new adventures and challenges, and a year of pushing boundaries in new, scary and exciting ways. The events of the past week have shaken me to my core, and at moments I’ve wanted to declare that maybe this wasn’t such a great year after all, I mean, how can a year that ends in tragedy be considered so great. But, in part with my themes for 2016 that would be calling it quits and giving up on myself. After I have spent all of 2016 pushing myself to re-frame my thoughts, to find positive in negative situations or outcomes, and learn something constructive from all my experiences, I realized I could not let this one tragedy change the way I have promised to myself I would live this year, up until the very last day.
This year I pushed myself and grew in ways that I never would have imagined possible. I stopped talking and started doing, I took a risk and started The Sweat Chronicles which forced me to become comfortable with being uncomfortable and vulnerable in new ways in a new space. I learned to control my medical conditions through diet, exercise, and stress relief techniques and was also to go off many medications I thought I would be on for the rest of my life. I learned fundamentals of business and websites and marketing and more (although I have still have so much more to learn, and I cannot wait to keep growing in this space). I started lifting and began experimenting with new ways to change my body through diet and exercise. I connected and re-connected with friends that have forever changed my life and the perspectives that I have. I truly learned what it means to invest in oneself. I learned to be strong. I learned it is okay to want to be great, to want more for myself than I currently have, and to share my thoughts, feelings, and emotions even when I am scared. This list could go on and on forever.
All in all 2016 was a year of change. The passing of my grandfather is included in this list of changes, especially those changes which have fundamentally shaped my thoughts and who I have and will become. This specific event is a reminder of the importance of family, friends, maintaining your own health, and learning to re-build, lessons that can be applied to so many areas of our lives. I plan to carry this message and these thoughts into 2017.
And with that, here are my top 10 Memories and Milestones of 2016:
I PR’d my half-marathon time by 8 minutes (hitting my sub 2:00 hour goal)
I finally grew a booty.
I met and connected with some of my closest friends through Instagram (yup, it’s true).
I watched some of my best friends become parents and parents to be (and I'm already loving all the baby snuggles and snuggles to come).
I read more books than the last three years combined (and grew from each and every one).
I fell in love.
I took concrete steps to build the life I've always dreamt of.
I hosted two fitness and networking events for lawyers & law students, connecting my profession and passion.
I learned to love my body for what it can do, rather than hating it for what it can't.