What can I say about this year that hasn’t already been said a thousand times over on Twitter? It seems like 2016 has had its card well and truly marked since about March, as though we’ve silently agreed along the way that some haggard old witch has placed a curse on us all (and our little dog, too!) and no good can come from this year.
Usually towards the end of December, I like to take the opportunity to look back on the year and what it’s meant to me. Moments, memories and milestones that will define it as a period in my life worth remembering.
As someone who firmly believes that you can quite easily turn a bad day around, let alone a spell of 12 months, I will admit that (even for me!) 2016 has brought a few…challenges. Dealing with grief, illness, living out of one room for months while our home was repaired, seeing the world go through enormous changes and realising that you can’t win everybody over all of the time have all made this year one heck of a rollercoaster ride.
However, for every crummy moment, there’s been several that have brought me a lot of joy – and believe it or not, they are the ones that spring to mind when I reflect on this year. Our trip to Walt Disney World (best visit yet? Oh, I think so!), seeing new places, brilliant days (and nights!) with good friends, fun creative projects, new work opportunities, bringing Bosley home and most recently, spending Christmas with our family are just a few that I can think of!
It’s been really tempting to wish the year away, and I’ve seen many people do it, but here’s the thing: what 2016 symbolises to you is absolutely up to you and no-one else.
Has it been the year you graduated? The year you became more confident? The year you met your soulmate? There’s a whole 12 months there, and I bet if you think about it, there’s probably a range of things that you’ll want to remember!
How do you want to define the year gone by?
And, glancing forward for just a moment, what have you learned this year that you want to carry forward into 2017? The new year is so exciting because the possibiities feel endless. It also gives us a chance to build on what we’ve started already and continue to grow.
You can hope that 2017 will be a good year, or a better year, but the truth is that it is going to be up to YOU to shape it! I’ve already decided that it’s going to be pretty damn great, how about you?
And before we dance madly through the bells and into the next adventure, I also want to say a massive thank you to each of you for reading and continuing to follow my goings-on. The blogging world is much like the real one, it moves quickly and changes all the time, so I appreciate your support. I hope you’ll come back and see me next year too…
So long, 2016…and happy new year!
PS: The photo at the top is my ‘best nine’ from Instagram, based on this past year!