2016 was quite the year. For most it was not a positive year and as much as lots of negative, uneasy things took place, this past year was one of growth resulting in positivity for me. I turned 25 which I was made to believe was a huge thing, though to me it wasn't. The choices I made, to focus on my dreams, grow in relationships and find a balance, was much bigger than the change of my age.
For those who know me well, know how hard I am on myself. I set goals that push me to my limits, I expect the most and more from everything I do and I aim to do it all with a smile. This past year I've been working on changing that. Accepting my flaws, allowing myself rest and to open up that it isn't easy and hard work doesn't always wear a smile.
For everyone who has been a part of my year, that's from family, friends, social media followers and consumers, you all have a place in my heart when I think about how blessed I am. I know this past year offered so much growth and I can confidently say that I wouldn't be here without each and everyone of you. So thank you.
Now to the nitty gritty, those dreaded resolutions. As I always say, resolutions aren't my favourite as we tend to look at things we are doing wrong or expectations we aren't living up to. To challenge that I think of resolutions as what I can get out of this year, in what ways I can live more. So here we go.
- Say yes to more. Rather than thinking rationally and over planning to see if it's possible, I want to say yes and sort out the plans after. I started this a little last year and said yes to a trip with four of my friends to Hawaii. Definitely a good start!
- Find more balance. Not just work/life balance but also in how I spend my free time. I love seeing my friends but can often end up stretching myself thin and not leaving much time for myself.
- Give back more. Not only financially but also with my time, helping those in my city and also others chasing their dreams. I've really enjoyed sharing any knowledge and experience I have with other entrepreneurs and creatives, so this year will be more of that. If that's you, stay tuned for more talks and sessions coming ahead this year!
- Run a half marathon. This is something I've wanted to do for a while but was always a little afraid of. By telling my friends and putting it in writing holds me accountable and is already giving me motivation to start training.
Looking back on 2016 I feel so blessed to have met so many people that I look forward to grow with this year and I accomplished some of my resolutions from last year! I got to know my community better with the regulars at Tokyo Smoke - not to mention the whole team there has made me feel so valued and integral to the community. I was welcomed with arms wide open and found a new home in C3 and was more inspired and motivated than I ever imagined by the whole FM Founders crew. To everyone I met this year, whether for a brief moment or hours on end, and to existing friends, thank you for making 2016 a highlight in my life both personally and professionally. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store and most importantly, can't wait to share the journey with all of you!