2016… what a year. As cliche as it sounds, this past year was definitely one big lesson for me. I think I learned more about myself and my surroundings more than I ever have. It was a year of change in all aspects of my life. As much as it was confusing and challenging to go through, I know it was all for the best.
I started off the year by getting my first internship. YouTube was my job for 5 years of my life. I was always my own boss in a way and I knew months before I stopped YouTube that I wanted to experience working for someone else. I started as an intern at a start-up skin care line and learned more about what it takes to run a company than I ever would’ve in school.
In February, I got my first retail job. I wanted to learn how a store operates and meet new people my age. While it was a pain in the ass when I pretty much spent every Saturday night at that store, I met the best people ever and we made it fun. I never had a job where I got paid hourly, so it really made me appreciate money and how hard people in retail work for it. It opened my eyes to all of the different things that go into a store that we really don’t ever think about. And most of all, I met my best friend there and couldn’t image going through the year wihout her.
In April, I went vegan! Best. decision. ever. Researching about the meat and dairy industries really opened my eyes to what the animals go through just so we can eat them. : (
In May, I made my last YouTube video. I ended a huge chapter in my life. Pretty much everyone told me not to stop but I did! When your heart isn’t in something anymore, why continue? I knew that I would find another way to get to where I wanna be. It may not be as easy, or as quick, but I’d rather take the long way. So while sometimes it’s hard and I wonder “what if”, I don’t regret my decision at all. I learned that no amount of money or popularity is worth your happiness. So while you may be disappointing people, or not be making the smartest “business” decision, your happiness always comes first.
In June, I launched my site and turned 21! It was probably the best month of the year. After months of developing and designing my site with my web designer, it was finally done and pretty much everyone loved it. I got amazing feedback and it was so rewarding to finally present what I spent so much time working on.
In August, my family moved out of our house we always lived in and I moved in Manhattan. I didn’t think it was a big deal when it was happening, but it has been quite the adjustment. It made me realize that we’re always in a rush to grow up and change, but being present and appreciating every moment is so important. I miss my beautiful house so much and wish I appreciated it more when I was there.
I spent the rest of the year pretty much working my ass off. Lol.
For guidance, I read a lot of books this year. I was never a big reader but I found books that helped me with every sitation I went through. Books about life, change, etc. My favorite ones were probably The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey.
I lost touch with people this year that I never ever wanted to. I learned that no matter how much you do for someone, or how much you want a friendship or relationship to work, if it’s not mutual then it’s not worth it. This taught me forgiveness. No matter how bad someone has hurt you, always forgive them for yourself. You don’t have to let someone back into your life if you forgive them, you just have to be able to be at peace with the situation.
I’m thankful for the change 2016 brought and looking forward to growing from it it in 2017.
If you had a rough year, put everything into making the next one the best yet!
Thank you for sticking with me this year. 🙂