2016 was certainly one for the books! As I reflect on what the year was for me, one word in particular comes to mind — fearless. I learned many valuable lessons this year and almost all of them revolved around being fearless. I had to learn to be fearless in my work, my mindset, my relationships, my decisions and my life overall. I’ve conquered many battles, made it through situations I never thought I had the capability of overcoming, and came out stronger on the other side. As I recall the wonderful things that happened to me in 2016, I share them with you. More than just my accomplishments, these are lessons learned — which we all know to be an accomplishment in and of itself.
My Instagram grew from 11,600 to 44,700 followers.
This result is mind blowing. In the moment, day by day, it didn’t seem like a lot, but this goes to show just how much perspective can affect your view. My Instagram grew by 285% which feels completely surreal! During this process of growth, I internally grew by learning not to compare myself to others. There are so many fabulous Instagram accounts out there and while I can look up to them, admire them, and learn from them, I learned that it’s most important to focus on the here and now. Not only was comparison bringing me down mentally, but it was holding me back. I learned to celebrate the little moments and cherish them as my moments. After all, everyone’s journey will always look quite a bit different from another’s.
I became a full-time blogger.
It still feels weird to be able to say this out loud, but I learned that to fulfill a dream, sometimes you have to quit chasing another. This was quite the change for me after being a Kindergarten teacher for the last eight years, but after falling so completely in love with the blogging community I knew I had to give it the chance it deserved. I will say that it is not easy and it takes a lot of passion and self-discipline, but it is extremely rewarding especially for someone who loves to be creative — like me! Every day is different and brings a new challenge to master and opportunities to create with my whole heart. I am passionate about what I do and am so thankful to be on this journey!
Defining your why could potentially be the most important thing you do for yourself. If you haven’t done so in your own profession yet, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about it. The passion that comes from discovering one’s “why” is immensely motivating. I discovered why I do what I do. Why I chose to leave a job I loved so much for a job that would be harder than I could have imagined. Why I wake up every day with motivation to keep going. Why I continue to fight, pursue, and work hard even when it’s tough. You can read more about my “why” in my post Why I Blog.
My voice became stronger.
Originally, I started my blog to share my passion. What I thought would be sharing style tips and outfit inspiration grew into something exceedingly more than I could have imagined. As the passion of my heart leapt out of my fingers and onto the keyboard, I began to discover what it is I truly care about. People. I quickly realized the more I poured out my heart about who I am and what I struggle with, the more people opened up and connected with me. It’s amazing how many of us share the same struggles, and I am passionate about using my voice to help encourage so many women who really need it. The end result is what you see now. Fashion inspiration with a mix of my heart and spreading joy, hope, and positivity wherever I can. We are on this journey of self-growth together.
I learned more about myself than I ever have before. I learned more about my fears, dreams, likes, and passions. With as much as I’ve gone through this year, I made it through stronger, even when I thought I couldn’t. It’s an amazing feeling to feel more and more like myself every day, and I have God, my family, friends and blogging community to thank for that. It’s been an exciting year and I’m looking forward to making 2017 better than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my year and making it so great!
As we begin a new year and a new chapter, let’s be determined to write the best one yet. Remember, that life is not about years, but about moments. Make them, enjoy them, and hold them dear to your heart.
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Shirt: White and Blue Striped Top
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