2016 was such an amazing year for me and I’m sad to see it go. My life is better than I could have ever imagined back when I was in high school, and a lot of big things took place this past year. So, I just wanted to take some time to reflect on these amazing past 12 months.
- For as long as I could remember, I have always just wanted to know what my career would be, be done with school, and work! So, it was weird for this to finally happen to me this year. The point in my life that I had been waiting for had arrived. I got offered my job in March of this year and it was probably one of the happiest moments of my life. The fact that I got the opportunity to do what I love, with an amazing company, and get paid a big girl salary is a dream come true! I can’t wait to learn the ins and outs of the business, build big shit, and spend lots of other people’s money to make it happen!
- In May, I completed my education (I’m assuming for good). I loved Clemson and my friends, but I was seriously over the whole school thing. Spending tons of time doing busy work and being broke was not my favorite use of my life. And I was so ready to leave behind all the people who were afraid of the real world…I miss my friends and the community, but I’m much happier spending my time creating the life I want to live.
- Two days after I graduated, we packed up my Cherokee and drove 1000 miles back to Massachusetts for the LAST time. Woohoo! It was an amazing feeling to never have to do that again. It’s really hard to explain why I missed home so much or why I wanted to move back, but I just did, so I did. After living in the polar opposite of New England for 4 years, I can confidently say that this is where I belong and plan to spend the rest of my life.
- In June, I experienced the hardest loss of my life; my dog, Roxanne. To this day when I think of her I tear up, and I’m sure anyone who has lost a dog will understand. She was diagnosed with a common cancer in Berners in April, right after her 9th birthday, and progressively got worse, like could barely walk. By the end, it was just pitiful to watch and broke my heart. So as much as we wanted to hold onto her forever, we had to let her go at the end of June. I will always love and cherish my first dog, and am so grateful for the years I got to spend with her.
- The end of July rolled around and Dan and I celebrated 4 years together. It’s crazy to think that a majority of that time was spent apart. I am one of those people who had a long distance relationship for the duration of my college career. I wonder what small percentage I’m apart of?!? It’s been so nice to be home with him for good(ish). There is no doubt in my mind that he is who I am meant to spend forever with, and the fact that we made it last from 1000 miles away gives me faith that we can make it through anything together.
- In August, I found Beachbody. Starting my new job in May, I found myself starting to get a little jiggle here and there, and I wasn’t happy about it. Sitting down all day at work, spending almost 3 hours commuting, and having no motivation to drive to the gym on my way home does that to you. I had lost so much confidence in myself. I came across Beachbody, found an amazing coach on Instagram to help me commit to getting myself healthy, and was so inspired by her that I decided to become a coach myself. Coaching has not only gotten my physically back to the way I wanted, but has helped me so much mentally, it’s crazy! I have always been a pessimist, never wanted to put my faith into anyone or anything, and always expected the worst possible outcome. Finding this community has completely changed my mindset. Being surrounded by positive, uplifting people who genuinely want you to succeed is the most incredible thing. I know a lot of people on the outside probably think I’m crazy, or apart of some scammy cult, but that’s ok. I know what I’m doing has the potential to change so many lives in a positive way, including my own!
- I am so excited to share that in the past year, as of TODAY, I have paid off $19,695.07 of debt!! And this is only while being at my big girl job for 7 months. The other 5 months, the first 5 of 2016, I was barely able to afford to live!! I was making $12/hour at my internship, only working 20 hours a week. My boyfriend ended up paying my last few months of rent at my apartment in Clemson. It was seriously a scary time for me. But I truly believe that this scared me into never wanting to live this way again. So as soon as I got my first big paycheck I hit the ground running paying off debt. First went my almost $3k in credit card debt, and then moved onto my Federal Student loans in July, while in my grace period. Now out of my grace period, I have my Federal Student Loans, Private Student loans, Car Loan, and credit cards to pay every month. I’m choosing to use the “Snowball Effect” method when it comes to paying off my student loans, which I will talk about more in a later post. I have some huge goals for paying off this debt in the New Year, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
- On December 6th, we brought home our new bundle of joy; an 8 week old Great Swiss Mountain Dog named Lola. I hated not having a dog in the house for the months leading up to her arrival. It was weird and sad coming home every day without Roxanne not greeting me at the door. I forgot what it was like to have a puppy, and I must say it has scared me into not getting my own for a while. She’s adorable and loving, but is like a baby; can’t leave them alone, always needs attention. Lola’s 12 weeks old now and is becoming more trained and use to our routines every day. And she’s like doubled in size since we brought her home. She’s gonna be a big girl! My guess is 120 lbs, but we’ll see this time next year.
Thank you 2016 for being such a life changing and positive year for me. It’s been kind of weird/sad/exciting to be at the place in my life I have always wanted to be at. There’s so much opportunity at my fingertips and all I have to do it go for it. I have barely any commitments and there is so much out there for me to try/fail/succeed/take advantage of.
Cheers to 2016, and bring on 2017. Blog post coming soon about my goals for the New Year (: