2016 In Review - The Great and Not So Great

I'm new to the Rising Tide Society and sometimes I'm not quite sure where I fit in with the group, but I loved participating in their last challenge and decided to sign up for #TheRechargeChallenge. Yesterday's quotes were part of the warm up and today's theme is a year in review. Here are my answers to the warm up questions for Monday!

What accomplishments are you most proud of in 2016?
Alex and I bought our first house together in our hometown! We were lucky to have the support of our family and friends to guide us through the process. It was our first huge purchase together and there were so many decisions that we had to make on our own at the end of the day based on what was the right fit for us. I'm proud of the work that we've put into our home so far even though we have a long way to go. We also have a new puppy! Aengus is tons of work but he's so sweet and has really added a lot of joy to our lives. He's taught me a lot about patient and I'm proud of that too. I'm also proud of setting up my new website. I have a lot of aspirations for how I'll use it in the future, but it excites me to know that I launched it without feeling the need to create a perfect, finished product first.

What were your biggest challenges in 2016?
What is holding you back from being more productive, profitable, and happy?

One of my biggest challenges in 2016 was my work-life balance. There are so many things that get in the way of this balance. Alex and I are on different work schedules, so it's hard to coordinate our time together. I'm first out the door and first home. He arrives home after I've had a few hours at home to oversee some daily chores. Often his weekends fall in the middle of the week so we can't take many quick trips out of town. Because I'm often working more than 40 hours a week, I take a lot of time to veg out instead of being productive and working on personal projects like my artwork! I struggle with anxiety and at times it all gets so overwhelming trying to fit everything in. Plus, I worry about money... a lot. I think returning to blogging after a bit of a hiatus has given me a creative outlet and reset my mindset some. I need to learn to feed into my creativity even if it means carving an extra 15 minutes out of my day. If anything is holding me back from being more productive, profitable, and happy it's myself and my attitude. I'm still figuring out how to make time for myself. I'm getting older and need to start taking care of my mind and body a lot better! There are so many small changes I could make going into this next year that will make a world of difference.

What unfinished goals and dreams do you have for 2016?
I didn't write any New Year's Resolutions this year because one of my personal goals was to be more of a go with the flow type person! That is totally contrary to my natural personality. One of my other unwritten goals was to read two books a month. Unfortunately, I didn't come close to accomplishing it. It's a little too late to catch up by year-end, but I would like to finish at least one book I started reading before 2017.

What are you most excited about for 2017?
I'm most excited for a renewed sense of purpose and direction going into 2017. I've grown a lot in the past year and feel more focused and driven than ever. I'm ready to sit down and really accomplish some of my dreams, like in the Milne quote I shared yesterday. I can't sit around and wait for things to happen. They're just going to pass me by. There's no right timing for everything and I'm ready to just go for it! Stop worrying, take action. Or, as Nike says, Just Do It!

At the end of the day, I think a lot of us face the same challenges so I wanted to be open and honest about some of mine!

Kuleigh Baker