2016 was a year of discovery for me…in more ways than one I had to learn ( sometimes by force) how to become an adult…now you may say a woman of 23 should know by now how to be an adult but what I’ve learnt is no one can teach you better than TIME…
In an effort to not turn this post into a long winded tirade of how all my misfortunes and successes shaped 2016, I thought it would be better to group my lessons from 2016 into categories.
I’ll admit, like all of us I did not do as much growth in my personal life as I would have liked. There were many opportunities that I missed out on…some through bad timing and some through my own doing. What stuck with me the most however is that nothing lasts forever and hard work does (eventually) pay off. I can now look back at the disappointments I suffered and realize that some of these disappointments were blessings. I can also see the growth I’ve made within my family, relationship and work life and be pleased.
A milestone that I can say that I am proud of is becoming the media team coordinator of the National Youth Council. This is something I never saw coming but took on with the same extreme exuberance as I put into everything else in my life. I’m also proud of taking my writing seriously in the form of my blog. Writing (and reading) has always been something that I have been passionate about…but taking that love and passion and putting it out there in the world for all to see is something that’s scary. The fact that I have an audience that look forward to my posts is something that I can never get over.
This is something that I can say I am very proud off. From starting off as the most junior in my office to reaching the point where my seniors regularly comment on my improvement brings me the most joy as you can imagine.
I can honestly say that I LOVE the field that I am currently in. From leaving college unsure as to my future (as most of us are) to getting employed within an organization which came so naturally to me has really been an amazing experience. I definitely look forward to developing my skills as a journalist from 2017 and beyond.
Here’s where the trickiness comes in. I’m sure my readers are going to look at this title and think it’s about my social growth in terms of friends. WRONG. My circle was small in 2016 and will remain so for the foreseeable future. What I mean by social growth is the level of networking which I was able to do which, I can say has been a lot. From collaborating with the dynamic Ferdina Frampton to establishing myself as colleagues among my media peers, I can say that I am pleased and see many more interactions coming forth in 2017.
An area which I definitely want to improve in the coming year is this category. I don’t just mean going to church (while not putting down the importance of fellowship), I mean my own personal relationship with God. I feel like the older you get the more you see what you want to do but also the more you succumb to the influence of those around you. Its very easy to think that there is time to fix yourself spiritually or time to do it when you are older but it is also very apparent how short life is. In 2017 I would like to build myself spiritually and develop my relationship with God and encourage those around me to do the same.
What are some of your lessons from 2016 and what would you like 2017 to bring your way? Do let me know in the comments below and as always if you liked this post be sure to comment, like and share.