Last January, I had every intention of finding a work/life balance and settled on an interesting choice of words to ring in the new year—FOCUS (you can read that post here if you like!).
For the most part, it was a year of extraordinary change—on both a personal and professional level. On a personal level, I lost and gained some friends. Some friendships I was very sad to see end; others not so much. Back in July my mom became very ill and landed in the hospital but it was a sobering reminder to us all that life is precious and sweet and she has since reduced her workload, thankfully. I did some travel—not much, but a trip to Amsterdam kept me sane and there were a few quick road trips with friends and weekend getaways with Bryan. I wrote more. I saw my friends as often as possible. I tried to find that elusive balance that keeps slipping through my fingers with the passage of time.
On a professional note, this blog saw an increase in sponsorships, collaborations, and giveaways. Though I sometimes still struggle with scheduling posts and upkeep, I’ve been chipping away at this little online space piece by piece and slowly growing my monthly traffic. My professional blog, on the other hand, completely took a backseat. Simply not enough time. I also moved into an entirely new realm in my career and transitioned from simply providing support to team leads to becoming an account manager. There were some hurdles that came with this career change, but I’ve settled in, finally.
So, how did I do with FOCUS, you ask?
I lost focus through a lot of 2016, if I’m being perfectly honest. I was all over the place—in life and in my career. It was maybe a poor choice of words to encapsulate a year that saw a lot of change. Or maybe it was the perfect choice, but I just fell short of meeting some personal goals. That’s okay, too. Regardless, I want to take a simpler approach to 2017—and so I’d like my word for 2017 to be SIMPLE.
Simple I can do. It’s also a word that fills me with hope, which to be honest, I kind of lost towards the tail end of 2016 (anyone else?). Simple reminds me to stay present, to be ever grateful, to appreciate the little things and smell the flowers, and to take absolutely nothing for granted.
Do you have a word for 2017, and what are you most excited about in the New Year?