I can’t believe that we have reached the end of 2016 already! It seems like just yesterday that we were setting our resolutions and goals for 2016. The year has flown by quicker than I had ever imagined it would. 2016 was a great year. It was filled with fun, love and even some life milestones. Trust me, all of those things didn’t come with some important lessons along the way. I decided to get a little personal on here today and share all of my favorite moments and lessons of 2016. Here they are:
Buying Our First Home
This was by far the highlight of my year. Last year we decided to take the plunge and purchase our first home together. This definitely taught me the meaning of the word “compromise.” We truly had to work together to find a location that worked for both of our lifestyles. After settling on Queens, we found a perfect little newly renovated co-op apartment that we fell in love with. However, it wasn’t all roses and butterflies. Buying a home seemed scary at times. There were so many times that my mind questioned what we were doing and how much we were spending. However, we knew it would set us up for a better financial future than if we were renting. We ended up closing on our home in June and moved in by the end of the summer. Even though I left the East Village life that I loved, I have never regretted a second of it. Having a place of our own has allowed us to build our own holiday traditions. It has allowed us the creativity to decorate our apartment with the perfect mix of both of our styles. It has become a place that we are excited to come home to each day.
Our Trip To Hawaii
Maui is an unbelievable place and I was so lucky to get the chance to experience it this year. It was easily the most beautiful place I have ever been to. One of the most incredible experiences of not just my year but my life was driving the coast of the entire island on the road to Hana. I’m notoriously awful on long car rides. I can’t stand to be sitting for more than a couple of hours. But, you would be surprised at how easy it comes when you are getting out of the car to see breathtaking sights along the way. Swimming in waterfalls and hiking mountain tops are memories that I will savor forever.
This blog has been one of the most fulfilling things I have experienced this year. Even though I started blogging towards the end of 2015, it wasn’t until this year that I began taking it more seriously. It has served as the creative outlet I’ve needed as my job lacks it. It’s been so fun to create this site as well as content for Instagram. A month ago, I decided to join the Style Collective, a networking group for style bloggers. Joining the group was one of the best decisions I could have made as it has provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I would have missed out on otherwise as well as the opportunities to meet and connect with other bloggers with similar interests.
The 8+ Weddings & Bachelorette Parties We Attended
Most of our year consisted of attending weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties of friends and family. It might seem silly to some but these truly were a highlight of the year because we were able to spend time with our families & our close friends. For people that are very family oriented like we are, this time spent with our families is important. We were lucky enough to share in the celebration of love with so many people we care for.
Lessons I’ve Learned
Don’t Sweat the Things You Can’t Control
This was a huge one for me this year. I spent the first half of the year losing sleep over things that were out of my control. It started to take a toll on my health and sanity. Even if it’s hard to accept sometimes, you need to realize that there will always be things that happen in life that you can’t change. It’s not healthy to obsess over it. Things always work out the way that they are supposed to. You need have faith in life and in yourself that things will turn out just fine.
It’s Good to Put Yourself Out There
This is something that I’ve struggled with at times. At first, I was scared to start this blog for fear of being judged. Putting your ideas and thoughts out there for others to see can be nerve wracking. I saw others do what I wanted to be doing and I got inspired and motivated. Eventually, I got the courage to stop caring what others thought of my work. As long as I believed in myself and what I was doing then that was the only thing that was truly important. The outcome? The reaction to my work has been nothing but overwhelmingly supportive. I’m happy I put myself out there and channeled my passions into this site.
Don’t Judge Yourself too Harshly
Social media has its good sides and down sides. It’s easy to get caught up in your feeds. It’s easy to sit there and say “I wish I could do that” or “I wish I looked like that.” We need to stop comparing ourselves to others and putting ourselves down. This is another lesson that comes down to believing in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve whatever you want to. Focus on yourself and your goals; not what others are doing. Social media is filled with “filters” and we can’t always believe what we see. It’s best to focus on what we are capable and what we can achieve to make us the best version of ourselves.