2016 in review

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
When I shot my first deer.

2.If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
Sisterhood, Charlie, and Affinity.

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
I’m a decent bartender because I know a little bit about a lot of subjects.

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
I put almost $2000 into repairs for my car plus paid off my car loan.

5.What was the best news you received?
I got a raise.

6.What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?
Allegany State Park.

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

My observation skills and common sense.

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
Rachael.

9.Which new skills did you learn?
Tending bar, PagePlus (software), new chords on the guitar, cutting shoots off a plant, training a stubborn dog, treating a sprained knee, laying laminate flooring, and more.

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
Charlie Horse. A walk with him transforms my mindset.

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
Rural underdog flick.

12.What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?
A little raise goes a long way.

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
At the beginning of 2016 I lost 15 lbs. I thought I¬†was on my way to my goal weight. I lost the motivation though and became stressed again. I didn’t let it completely tear me down.¬†I stayed confident in myself.

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
Rachael, Emily, Mia, Dad, and Nora.

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
I started taking on more marketing projects. I designed literature and photographed products.

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
I had to remind myself to stop into the house on Thacher St. I met¬†my parents for drinks once or twice a week. Also, Mike graduated and joined the Navy… three out of six of us are out of the house! Having¬†Nora around has made it a little more fun to get together and hang out. She turns 1 on January 4th!

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
I read two books that reinforced what I have come to believe¬†about life. One¬†was Maybe in Another Life¬†and the other was¬†Back When We Were Grownups.¬†Both stories show¬†how a person’s life can go in a variety of directions. One choice can change the trajectory forever, but thinking about how things could-have-been is not helpful. Happiness is the outcome of¬†so many different story-lines. Hindsight can’t truly prove that you’re decisions were wrong.

18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
I will reiterate what I wrote last year: “I should start writing down the compliments people give me.”

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Walking Charlie Horse // kissing Nora // music

20.What cool things did you create this year?
I finally worked on the painting of Mia swimming that I started almost two years ago. Also  I used up some cotton yarn to make a little blanket.

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
The first half of the year, I was optimistic and really creative; the middle was stressful; the last part of 2016 was a combination of being tired, proud, and motivated for a new year.

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
Shot a deer.

23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
Camping with Rachael and Charlie and Jude at Allegany State Park. We just laid on the beach and played with the dogs and hiked 12 miles – no biggie.

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
I helped out a lot with the modified high school volleyball team and it reminded me how much I miss the sport. I think I would like to continue coaching that level. Also, I realized how much I want to get back in shape.

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
Automobile repairs. Although, “unnecessary” is a strong word. It is what it is.

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?
Dancing in the rain at the bar during the Strawberry Moon.
 

27.What was the best gift you received?
Dad got me a travel backpack for Charlie which I’m very excited about.

28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
I realized that I love living in my hometown. It’s such a beautiful¬†town. I love that I can walk my dog down the street and let him run around off leash along the river. ¬†I ¬†like to think that my 12-year-old self would be interested in the life I live now but also kind of confused. My overall outlook is that I don’t need to impress other people, but I have to remind myself that almost daily.

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?
Check engine light.

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
Oh my gosh I laughed so hard at Rachael for something just a few weeks ago. She just said something without meaning to be funny but I found it gut-bustingly funny.

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
I don’t have an answer for this, but on December 27th I had my nose pierced. So far it’s been a good decision. No issues yet.

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?
I probably spent too much money at the bars. Which isn’t really that much, but over the summer I had stopped drinking for a few weeks and it really improved my state of mind.

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
Remaining confident in Charlie’s training capabilities.

34.What activities made you lose track of time?
Walking, training, or snuggling with Charlie.

35.What did you think about more than anything else?
The Blue Tuscon.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
I’m still learning a lot at the tile factory, but I most enjoyed practicing the guitar.

37.What new habits did you cultivate?
Walking almost every day.

38.What advice would you give your early 2016 self if you could?
Don’t stop dieting. Don’t settle.

39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
I think a 180 is building up but nothing happened in 2016.

40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
The other girl I work with at the factory is constantly telling me how good at my job I am. She is so supportive that I sometimes feel like I don’t deserve it.


What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
I think perseverance worked well for 2016. Persistence was critical to some of the struggles I faced. For 2017, I’d like my theme to be ADVENTURE.

What do you want to see, discover, explore?
Maine.

Who do you want to spend more time with in 2016?
My grandparents.

What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
Painting, photography, music.

Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
Still applicable: “I have a hard time giving people orders while at work. I feel self-conscious about needing things from people.”

What do you want your everyday life to be like?
I would like to awaken refreshed. I would like to exercise often. I would like to share more with other people.

Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
I have some nervous habits I’m really trying to get rid of altogether. So hard to do.

What do you want to achieve career-wise?
I still want to do as much good as I can in my current position. However, I have been considering asking a  few people for their input and advice in regards to careers. I also really want to explore ways to make money online. I do love my hometown and small town life. I should take advantage of the possibilities of online work.

How do you want to remember the year 2017 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
I want to remember 2017 as the year I lost 40 lbs.

What is your number one goal for 2017?
To act out of love.
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MY 2016 #41-50


MY 2016 #41-50


41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2016 to be?
Perseverance.

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?
Realistically, I want to visit some family in Virginia at some point. Of course, road-tripping the US is a perpetual travel goal.

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2016?
Firstly, Charlie Horse. He still needs heavy – but patient – obedience training. It comes with the breed.
I’d like to spend more time with people I don’t know that well. There are a couple people that come to mind, a friend from work, friends of the family, people from church, etc.

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
Painting, photography, knitting. Every. Time. Also, I want to write more. I need to write more.

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
I have a hard time giving people orders while at work. I feel self conscious about needing things from people. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I can’t do it by myself or the idea of me telling people I need something done as quickly as possible. Whichever it is, I need to work on it.

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?
I want to wake up refreshed and ready to get up. I want to eat healthy and get my exercise in each day. Without my Planet Fitness membership I have really been on the struggle bus with motivating myself to exercise. Hopefully my days involve more hardcore physical exercise. I also hope to continue my reading streak. I’m almost done with my second book this month. I read before bed almost every night – a little too late at times too, if you ask me. Most importantly, I want to focus on being present, happy, and active.

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
I have the habit of getting really inspired and then quickly burning out. I think the biggest thing I struggle with is acting on inspiration consistently.
48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?
I want to get the most out of my current job for as long as I can. There’s a lot I can do with this job – a lot I can put on my resume – if I make it happen.

49.How do you want to remember the year 2016 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
I want to remember 2016 as the year I tried incredibly hard and achieved as many goals as I could.

50.What is your number one goal for 2016?
My number one goal is to get stronger again and lose weight. However, I hate that being my number one goal so I will also write that I want to earn at least $1000 by selling things I’ve created.

My 2015 #31-40

My 2015 #31-40


31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
I have two for this. Number one: my 2006 Hyundai Tuscon. Great decision even though it’s still not paid for. Thank you student loans.

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?
I should have read more last year. Thank goodness I started reading again this year. I think I’ve already finished a book this year which makes me very happy.

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
Deciding to leave my previous job.

34.What activities made you lose track of time?
Knitting, as usual, and binge watching Friends.

35.What did you think about more than anything else?
Paying my bills. It’s funny what moving out on your own does to you.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
I enjoy learning new things at work. I get to read about about interior design and aspects of construction and tiling. I really like that part of my job.

37.What new habits did you cultivate?
Well until I stopped working in Horseheads, I was going to the gym five days a week. So that ended when I changed jobs. I hope to get back into that routine soon. The year of making has fostered a sense of creativity every day. I’m grateful for that habit.

38.What advice would you give your early-2015 self if you could?
Become better friends with the people you work with. You will miss them when you switch jobs.

39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
I think the big 180 was moving out and living on my own. I’m glad my parents instilled in me frugality and gave me the tools I needed to budget and watch my finances so that I can do what I do with so little.

40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
I think my old supervisor was really good at boosting my confidence and trusting me. Going into my new job, I had very little worries about my capabilities. I have had a lot of nice people encouraging me along the way, especially this past year. They’ve helped me figure out my strengths and work on my weaknesses.

My 2015 #21-30

My 2015 #21-30


21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
The first half of the year, I was a bit depressed. I was driving in the snow in my little green Chevy Cavalier that floated on slush. I was sharing a room with my littlest sister, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted. The second half was so much better. The second half was chill. I slowed down and said, “I am good right now.”

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
I paid for my own electricity, directly. I mean I had to enroll with NYSEG. That was thrilling.

23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
I had a great time at Rachael’s birthday night out. ūüėõ
24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
I got on track to pay off my loans. It might take a long time, but it’s going to happen. If I hadn’t discovered Dave Ramsey’s podcast, it might have taken me a little longer to get my goals laid out.¬†

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
My money stress tends to be unnecessary. I’m still working. I still get a paycheck. It’s not all as bad as I think it is.¬†

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?
I went to visit my college friend, Nancy, and I need to visit her again real soon. Cheers.



27.What was the best gift you received?
Oh that’s easy Nancy sent me a framed cross-stitch she made for me that says, “Keep Calm Trust Cap.” It’s my favorite.¬†

28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
I discovered that there are jobs in the world that I am both qualified for and interested in doing. I think my attitude toward my future improved greatly. I no longer question my skills or my work ethic. I know my worth, and I know I can do so much more than I’m doing now.

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?
Pass.

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
I can’t remember. How lame.

My 2015 #11-20

My 2015 #11-20


11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2015, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
It would be a How-To book.
How to Spin Off the Road After a Snow Storm
How to Get a Promotion in Retail
How to Leave Retail Before it’s Too Late
How to Live on Very Little Income
How to Help A Pregnant Sister
How to Put a Roof on a Garage
How to Stain Wood Paneling
How to Paint Sliding Closet Doors
How to Make Tacos
How to Find the Puppy of Your Dreams

12.What was the most important lesson you learned in 2015?
Being broke doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
I was struggling so much before I was hired at my new job. I felt really stuck creatively and emotionally. Getting out of my parents house and finding a job I enjoy really helped me conquer those feelings. ¬†I’m still struggling to figure out what I really want, but I know that I need to pray more. I also know I got through a lot in 2015.

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
Sara, Tom, Sara Mc., Rachael, and my Mom.

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
I took a pay cut to both get out of retail and cut down my commute. Even though my budget is really tight, I know that I’m gaining experience in a position that is much closer to my interests and skills.

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
Moving out made it a lot easier to have a good balance between family and personal time. I make most of my own food, but I occasionally go over to Mom and Dad’s to eat dinner with them. It’s nice.

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
I finally read The Bell Jar and I found a lot of insight in it. I think it gave me perspective on my life and my decisions. It made me realize how common it is to not know what you want to do. I know several of my friends are still trying to figure it out, but to see it put so well in writing added another level of assurance. It also warned me to not let my confusion and discomfort lead to immobility. It reaffirmed that I make the decisions that can change my life or keep it stagnant. 

18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
I should start writing down the compliments people give me.

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
For the last two months of 2015 I most enjoyed my puppy putting is whole front half on the bed in the morning and waking me up with kisses and nudges. He’s quite adorable in the morning. Before that, I guess I loved watching Friends with Sara and cooking dinner for myself or the both of us.¬†

20.What cool things did you create this year?
I started my “year of making” on July 9th and vowed to make something every day. Sometimes the only thing I made all day was lunch, but I counted it. A lot of it was focused on a knit blanket I’m still working on. Some of the creations were sketches others were little craft projects. I also tried to do a lot of experimenting with my camera and¬†Photoshop. I worked a lot on¬†a family photo book. I even included house projects too (painting, sanding, etc.). I really liked the invitation designs I made too. I wish I had more photos handy, but almost all of them are on instagram.

My 2015 #1-10

My 2015 #1-10


1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
This one’s easy. I moved into a house with my sister and cousin. Having a house is so much better than sharing a room with my 9 year old sister – no matter how much I love her. I enjoy buying my own groceries, cooking, and doing house projects.

2.If you had to describe your 2015 in 3 words, what would they be?
Transitional,  encouraging, & informative.

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
I learned I can sing in public successfully – like lead singer in a band successful.


4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
Finding a job that I enjoy and paying all my own bills.

5.What was the best news you received?
At the time, I did not consider it the best news, but my sister told me she was pregnant in 2015. She called me on my lunch break to tell me, and I had to keep it a secret for a week!

6.What was your favorite place that you visited in 2014?
DanandSaraLand


7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

I think my patience and relaxed attitude was helpful this year. I lived with my pregnant sister and switched jobs. I was able to roll with the changes and listen to others when they needed to vent.

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
My sister-roommate.

9.Which new skills did you learn?
My new job has helped me learn how to cut tile on a wet saw as well as mount and grout tile.

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
My Dad. He bought a house for my sister and I to occupy. He put a new roof on out garage and helped us with a bunch of other house projects. He’s a stand-up guy.