goodbye, 2016

y’all, I am so glad to leave 2016 in the dust.  I can’t think of a single year I have ever wanted to end as much as I do this one.

Here are some things I’ve did and learned this year:

  • that the right hashtags get your Instagram photos way more attention.  I’m going to take you down in Instagram fame, Kylie Jenner.
  • I quit not one, but two jobs.  Yes, I’m still unemployed, but to know I’m not at a job with zero growth, and that I’m not being disrespected on a daily basis, feels good.  Yes, I know people aren’t supposed to quit jobs without a pile of savings and solid plan, but if you’re getting called a bitch every single day by your boss, then you have to go.  The plus? After lots of time reading career blogs, watching TedTalks, and reading some career focused books, I have a much better idea of what I want to be doing with my time when I get back to having a job.
  • That people you would do anything for might not be able, or willing, to do the same for you.  Some will crack under the pressure, and this could lead to things between you, them, and a whole lot of other people to be broken.  I lost someone I adored this fall, and I’m not sure my heart will ever heal. But that’s okay.  Yesterday, I was meditating, and came to the realization that just because this person broke my heart, doesn’t give me the right to break the hearts of other people.  Will I be even slower with letting people in? (assuming I can get any slower) Yes.  But the people who want in, will get in.
  • I have to force myself to be in more social settings.  Being back in Iowa has made this especially obvious.  Even being around people in a coffee shop gets my brain going in a better direction.
  • My tribe/squad/village/family has grown in ways I definitely would have never expected.  Now I need to come up with a good way to show them that I adore them.
  • That whole getting knocked up on my birthday thing.  So overwhelmed, so excited.  Theodore will be here in about a month (and I have done zero to prepare)

Tonight, I will be bingewatching who knows what with Scotti, probably doing face masks and eating way too many Sour Patch Kids.  Earlier, I made a list of all the things from 2016 that were less than stellar, and I plan on setting that list on fire around 11:59.

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If 2016 was the greatest year of your life, congratulations! I hope that things continue being awesome for you. If 2016 seemed like the absolute worst and you’re completely shocked you survived, you only have a few more hours to power through and then you get to start sort of fresh.


February Intentions. 

Are to get my January intentions accomplished. 

Remember when I talked about being sick? Well things went from bad to worse. I’m talking 5 bottles each of DayQuill and NyQuill, plus two boxes of decongestants. It was a rough ride where essentially every minute at home was spent sleeping and trying to force Scotti to love me. 

Given that the long Mardi Gras weekend is almost here, I don’t have plans to be focused on paleo/healthy eating at all. For real. Bring on the King Cake, fried shrimp po’boys, beer and crawfish. 

As for my closet, I have already got a pile of 20 items that have to go. Now to haul them somewhere where I can’t get reattached.
I’ve also been putting time into my PowerSheets and outlining my day planner. While I’m still in the prep part of PowerSheets, and doing ok with not completely caught up or on schedule, it’s definitely nice to map things out and realize how much I want certain things. 

January Intentions

Hooray! It’s 2016!I spent last night with one very anxious Scotti. Everyone in the neighborhood was setting off fireworks and he was not a fan. Thank goodness for bottles of champagne and Justin Beiber dance parties. 

For 2016, I have 1 big goal: to pay off my American Express card and to keep up with student loan payments. 

In addition to that; I want to live this year not waiting for someone to come rescue me; to not be tapping my foot, thinking that the Universe owes me something. I don’t know when I got so “damsel in distress-y” but it’s time for that to change. So, in addition to me big goal of no longer being the bitch to American Express and Sallie Mae, I’m setting up goals for each month. 

I also invested in Powersheets for the year. I have been following Lara Casey’s Instagram for the past year, and knew I had to get this round of sheets. I’ve only filled out the first couple of pages, but I can already see me getting obsessed.  
My goals for January:

1) Complete a Whole 30. Maybe choosing to do a Whole 30 at the beginning of Mardi Gras season is ridiculous, but so is eating King Cake for every day for 30 months. Goodbye, Diey Dr Pepper. I hope I don’t miss you at all. 

2) Clean out my closet.  I recently read this article about streamline ones closet, and it finally hit me that it’s time to establish my every day look. So many things I’ve been holding onto that I just don’t wear, and I’m ready for that chaotic little piece of my room to be tamed.