My goodness, where has the time gone? I swear just yesterday I was watching Inside Out and eating junk food with my bff on New Yeas Eve. (We’re not that lame, we just partied too hard the night before, lolz) It seems to me that the older we get, the faster time seems to move. Remember when we were kids and summer used to seem FOREVER long? Like it was never going to end. Now it seems to go by in the blink of an eye. 2015 was a strange year for me – I went an entire 15 months without a drivers license or a job, meaning I didn’t get out much – so I promised myself that 2016 was going to be different… And it has. Some things I’ve wanted to accomplish in 2016 (and have!) are,
1. Get my license back. WOO! That was one hell of a process, and I had so many set backs, but I FINALLY got back behind the wheel of my Jeep in February of 2016, after 15 months without it.
2. Take the Jeep out. Somewhere. Anywhere. I accomplished this in March and it was AMAZING. I went out to Ocotillo Wells, CA for a huge off-road event. I spent 3 days/nights off-roading and camping with friends, old and new. It was a freaking BLAST. Sitting around for 15 months without a license was tortue and I was so freaking happy to finally be able to make it to an off-road event.
3. Land a job. Unfortunately, I didn’t completely accomplish this one. I did look for a job, interviewed somewhere, they HIRED ME, and then ran a background check and didn’t like what they saw. Boo. I was pretty upset for a while, but that’s life. Honestly, I think it was the kick I needed to get serious about building my own business.
4. Work on my business. I really kicked it up a notch with this. It was hard to be motivated in this area during 2015, because really, that was just an all around crappy year. You’d think that because I couldn’t drive, I would have been MORE motivated to build my own business, but it was tough. Everything was tough. 2016 is my year for business building, though. I landed my first real client, which has been awesome, and I’m on my way to landing a few more.
5. Lose weight. In Febuary, I started a diet of sorts. Actually, I hate the word diet. It wasn’t a diet… It was a conscience effort to change my eating habits. I hopped on the Weight Watchers program and kicked ass. I lost almost 15 pounds in about two months. Then I met my boyfriend and got a little distracted. People keep telling me it’s because I feel loved the way I am and don’t need to lose weight, but that’s not it AT ALL. I literally just got distracted. Those first two months of dating, John and I spent so much time away from home. And it’s incredibly hard to lose weight when you’re constantly on road trips or in someone else’s house where you don’t feel comfortable using their kitchen. (Not John’s house; we stayed at his friends place a lot.) Not that any of that is an excuse, it’s just the way life works. BUT regardless, I didn’t gain the entire 15 pounds back, just a few of them. And I’m still proud of myself for kicking ass in that short amount of time.
6. Re-enroll in community college. I have a complicated relationship with college. I’ll save all my explainations and rants for another blog post, but recently I’ve been considering going back and getting myself into a certificate program. For what exactly, I’m not sure yet. Something marketing or computer related. I re-enrolled and met with a counselor, although the counselor was useless. I still have to apply for financial aid and actually sign up for classes for the fall, which I’m not even sure I want to do yet… But re-enrolling was definitely the first step.
While I’ve accomplished quite a lot (to me) in the last 6-ish months, there’s still a lot I’d like to do this year.
-Land more clients, at least 2-5 before the end of the year.
-Grow my blog.
-Get back on the “healthy eating choices” train and stick with it.
-Take my Jeep out more often.
-Take a class at community college. Even if it’s just one.
-Apply for a credit card & start to build credit. (My credit SUCKS right now)
I told myself 2016 would be my year, and so far, it’s turning out to be. I’ve spent many, many years making the wrong decisions and falling behind in life, but I feel like I’m really starting to turn things around. I still have a long way to go, and one of the biggest things I’m learning is to not compare myself to others. I can’t tell you how many times I worry that I’m not in the same places in life as other 27 year olds are. I have to remind myself that I just took different paths in life, and that’s okay. I’m happy and on my way to being very successful. And hell, It’s TOTALLY OKAY to be proud of yourself.