My End of the Year Review for 2016

What did you do in 2016 that you had not done before?            . Witnessed a wildfire. Learned about 529 savings and investments, attempting to plan for the future.

Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions/goals for the year and will you make/set more for next year? What are the goals? What are your new ones?      No, it was a 365 money challenge and I failed miserably….First time the bills got behind, the money got spent. We have had more than our fair share of financial difficulties this year. My New Years Resolution this year is 2 pronged….We are saving for a big move, think cross country; and I am determined to quit smoking cigarettes..

Did anyone you know die? Or have a serious illness?                My brother in law died of cancer. I have had a kidney infection for 4 months. Finally got that cleared up this past week. Other than that, no one has become terminally ill this past year.

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016 (doesn’t have to be a physical thing)?Patience….I need more patience to accept things that I cant change. Patience to deal with daily life and not get overwhelmed. Acceptance to deal with things I can’t change….Another car wouldn’t hurt, but beggars cant be choosers. So I am totally grateful for what we do have.

What date from 2016 will remain etched in your memory and why?        Well, my dads 1 year death anniversary was in 2016. My brother in law died in 2016. My fiance left me for a month, then decided to come back in 2016. It was my dads 1 year anniversary since he passed. My daughter became a teen this year…

What was your biggest achievement this year?      I managed to come out of 2016 stronger than I came into it. I have overcome fears I thought I never would. I have accepted the fact that my mother and I cannot be on speaking terms and me live a productive, and meaningful life…

Did you get sick or injured? How about your family?             I had a kidney infection for 4 months, I had 5 stitches put into my hand. my 9yo son had tubes put in his ears. My 3yo son had 4 stitches in his eye, I had 5 stitches put in my hand… My brother in law died from cancer Its been a very eventful year….

What was the best thing you bought?               A new to us car. Our old car broke down in December of last year. So we rang in the new year with a new car…It is our only source of transportation so we needed a dependable vehicle, plus my fiance is a pizza delivery driver…

Where did most of your disposable income go (money leftover after you pay for food, transportation and shelter)               Taking weekly around town trips to see the sights…From April til October, our busy season, we take what we call a wonky weekly adventure….We find something we have never done, or its been a really long time since we’ve done it..And then we go do it. Whether it be going to an amusement park, driving around seeing the sights, going into the National Park…

What song will always remind you of 2016?       Strip it Down by Like Bryan. It describes my situation to a T….I need to get back to the basics in life. So much of my life has become over run with stress and worry…I need to learn to live life at its fullest and accept things that I cant change.

What do you wish you would have done more of?           Laughed, and loved more deeply…I never realized how much of my life was consumed with negativity. My mother has made me feel inferior for far too long…I have lost every sense of who I am as a person. I need to get back to being me. Living my life for me. Doing what I want to do for me and no one else..

What do you wish you would have done less of?        Stressing, complaining, and worrying…I missed out on sooo much of life this past year due to stress and worry. I wished I could get it back but I cant. So I have to accept what was and learn to do better in the future. Not everything you need is put into place for a reason, sometimes it takes hard work and determination to get what you want.

What was your favorite new TV program? Movie? Album/Songs? Or if you didn’t pick up any new ones, what are you still watching/listening to?             The Walking Dead, and Strip it down by Luke Bryan. I started watching Walking Dead on Netflix and have slightly become obsessed…I watch it for hours at a time. I now realize what I have been missing out on all these years…

What was the best book you read this year?         Fall of the Giants by Ken Follett.

How many did you read?   Ummm, about 40.  I love to read. It has been a passion of mine since I was a teen. It allowed me to escape my own reality. I also bought my first Kindle this past year just so I could get free e-books off of Amazon.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? Did you feel differently?            I got drunk on my birthday, I was 34. And No, not too terribly different. Nervous about hitting 35 though. I just am starting to feel like an old lady.

What political or social issue stirred you the most?            Hillary Clinton upset me more than anyone probably ever will. She is a disgrace and I am so glad she didn’t win. But I will not continue any further than that due to I don’t want to start a conflict…

Who was the most interesting new person you met?       Tiffany, a girl I worked with for about 2 weeks. She was the most kind person I have ever met. She was always so bubbly at work, she just had this personality that drew you into her.

What changed at your job?       I quit my job. I had only worked there for 3 weeks. I am a serial mom….I am destined to stay home and raise my children…And I am totally okay with that. I don’t know where I would be without my kids, they are the center of my whole world….

What changed in your how?     Well, we moved out of my mothers old home and into our own home. We downsized considerably as well. Plus we went from having w/d connections to no w/d connections. So that has been a huge adjustment.

Describe how a relationship changed.          Omg, has it changed. We have evolved as people and as parents. We are working through some serious hurdles right now and I am not sure how things will end up but we are making every effort to work through this adjustment. We truly love each other, and I can not imagine not having him by my side…

Do you think you are still the same person that you were at the beginning of the year?        Heck no, I most definitely am not….Like I previously said. Things in our lives have changed drastically this past year. But we are rolling with the punches and making forward progress…So that counts for something.

Summarize the year in three words or less. Bonus points for doing it in one word. Explain.        Stop, literally…Stop what you are doing and realize that you will never get the previous minute back. All you can change is what happens in the next minute. Each choice made changes each minute after you make your choice…

What have you learned throughout the year? (Other than crafts)       That I am a braver person than I could’ve ever imagined. I picked myself up and dusted off the strong woman that has been buried inside of me for far too long. I’ve learned when to let go and when to hold on. I’ve learned that not all things go the way they are designed to go. That life can change in a moment. To live life, love, and laugh often…

What was your favorite outfit for warm weather? Cooler weather?         Warm weather outfit is a pair of knee knockers(Capri’s), and a t-shirt or tank top.
Cooler weather is a pair of jeans, long sleeve shirt, and a hoodie…
I am partial to flip flops, so they basically get worn all year long.

Did you learn any new crafts or techniques? What was your favorite thing you made?         I learned how to make a Jacobs ladder quilt block. I also learned how to miter corners, and make borders for quilts…In case you cant tell, I recently learned how to quilt…Lol! It has become my new obsession.

What are your hopes and dreams for the new year?             To quit smoking cigarettes. To learn to stand on my own two feet. To become more of an individual instead of just being mommy 24/7(I love my kids, but I literally am home 24/7 with them). To grow internally and learn to accept things that I can not change.

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