2016: A Year in Review

2016 was one hell of a frigging ride. Here’s the cliff’s notes version of my year.

  • Finally got a big girl job with things like retirement, vacation/sick time, and health insurance
  • Ended my years long job search for a position in higher ed (I’ll stop whining now, I promise)
  • Starting making ends meet (halle-fricking-llujah)
  • Tried Zumba
  • Three funerals, four losses. Can we talk about this for a minute? FOUR LOSSES IN A YEAR IS TOO DAMN MANY, OKAY??
  • One wedding
  • Gained a step-mom! My “family” has grown so much over the past 8 years. If you’re a part of that expansion, whether you’re on Mack’s side or my side, know that I love you <3
  • Stepped into a Catholic church and did not immediately catch on fire (it took about ten minutes)
  • Did my first podcast!
  • Stopped drinking coffee (too much anxiety up in here)
  • Presented at an annual, national conference in front of about ~60 strangers
  • Got horrifying stage fright and one hell of a vulnerability hangover
  • Vowed to get better at public speaking
  • Got another dog named Pippa (though something  like Gollum is more fitting). But boy is she cute!
  • Traveled to:
    • Jacksonville, FL
    • Maidens, VA
    • Atlanta, GA
  • Pitched my book idea to an agent
  • Decided to actually write the book no matter what
  • Reunited with a long lost friend
  • Made new friends
  • Read oodles of books – 48 to be exact!
  • Bought a house- we close sometimes this month (hopefully (the date has been pushed (but it’s not our fault))).

I’m late to the 2016 reflection party, but life happens. Stay tuned for a post outlining my goals for 2017!

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