January 3, 2017

I know a lot of people have complained about 2016.  But for me, this past year held so many new memories and amazing opportunities.  In just 365 days, I managed to achieve more than I had imagined at the start of the year.  I began 2016 with a clean slate, a fresh start, and an entirely positive outlook.  It was that breath of fresh air that led me to my perfect word for the year – CONTENT.  I had decided that no matter what life threw my way, I would take it as a lesson and, ultimately, find contentment. I think I’ve done my best to achieve that and have remained entirely grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

Sure, 2016 didn’t pass without its struggles, its share of tears, arguments that I wish hadn’t happened, and words that I wish I hadn’t said.  Some friendships dissolved without warning, but I gained many new ones along the way.  We lost a family pet, which was heartbreaking and I still miss that pup so much every time I walk into my parents’ house.  I worked my butt off and that may have come as a sacrifice, but in the end, it was worth it. Professionally, it was a great year.  Possibly my best in my blogging career!  And what I fouled up on, I’ve resolved to take better care and pay more attention to this year.

This past year has shown me where I need to be and what I need to work on in 2017.  So during this next year, I look to find BALANCE. I spent a good portion of last year feeling overwhelmed, pushing things out of my schedule just to fill it up again with other opportunities, finding myself spinning in all directions, and just ending up dizzy. So whether it’s work, life, or relationships – this year I want to find the balance in every aspect of my life.  I want to create a better schedule so I can still enjoy my time off without nagging thoughts and feelings of guilt.  I want to spend more quality time with my husband and loved ones and give them the attention they deserve.

We’re only a few days into the New Year, but I already feel like my mentality has changed.  As I end this note to self for the New Year, I hope you start 2017 with a fresh outlook and perhaps a word to guide you and remind you to be the best version of yourself.  After all, we don’t have to wait 365 days to start over.  As long as the “big guy upstairs” allows it, we get that chance to conquer and move forward each and every morning. 

What is the word that will carry you through 2017?


  • Reply Andrea Bai January 3, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    I love this word for the new year. Balance is definitely something I need. I think my word might have to be the same!

    • Reply Jessica January 3, 2017 at 3:14 PM

      Thanks so much! I hope you find balance in your own life this year!

  • Reply Doria January 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Love it! I find I’m constantly struggling for balance in my life, partly because I juggle so many different things. This year I’d like to focus on not allowing fear to hold me back!

    • Reply Jessica January 3, 2017 at 3:16 PM

      That’s exactly my problem. I find myself running from one task to another, in and out of all aspects of my life, and ultimately end up overwhelmed. So I hope to focus on creating a better schedule and a better mentality going forward. Good luck with your goals for this year!

  • Reply Brooke @ Blushing Noir January 3, 2017 at 8:20 PM

    I think my word is going to be to relax… let things go. I stress way too much. With that maybe I’ll get some balance, too 😉

    • Reply Jessica January 4, 2017 at 9:43 AM

      I love the way it all ties in together! I could afford to relax myself! Good luck with your word and goals for the year!

  • Reply I Will Persevere - Living La Vida Holoka October 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    […] Life certainly comes with its share of twists and turns.  When I thought about my word for 2018, I thought about how I’ve gotten SO much better with stressful issues that come my way.  Usually, I find myself completely losing it and barreling towards a mental breakdown.  But like Vanilla Ice said, “If you got a problem, yo, I’ll solve it.”  So this year, I’m going to persevere.  I’m going to push through every ounce of bullshit that comes my way and know that I’ll be better for it in the end.  Of course, I’m slightly lacking hope in my “go-getter” attitude at the moment.  I failed miserably with my word for 2017, balance. […]

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