It’s mid January 2017 and 2016 is starting to feel like like a distant fading memory. While it’s still fresh in my mind, and now that the busy holiday season is over, here’s my 2016 a year in review. As I like to always say, better late than never.
Why do a year in review you might ask? As I mentioned in my previous post on how to start the new year off right, I feel a year-end review is a good way to help close out a year. It’s sometimes hard to see where you’re headed if you don’t know where you’re starting from. With a review of the past year, I’ll have a better sense of where I’m currently at and what things I need to work on.
What I like to do is focus my review on some of the most important aspects of my life. It helps a lot for any goal setting I intend to do for the upcoming year. Doing this also helps ensure that I’m focusing on working on things that matter to me the most. That being said, onward to the review!
Some years have lot’s of change (2015 for example) while others are more stable. 2016 was definitely a year of stability, which is always welcome from time to time. Don’t confuse stability with stagnation, for 2016 was far from.
So many place to see yet so little time… and days of vacation…and money…you know how it goes. That being said I enjoy traveling a lot. Seeing new places, disconnecting, exploring, trying new foods or just lying on a beach (but in the shade, where you’ll find all the Asians). I enjoy traveling. Flying not so much… which leaves me in a slight pickle all the time.
I was fortunate enough to take 2 vacations in 2016.
In May of 2016 I went to Hawaii for the first time. The trip to Hawaii was everything I imagined it would be, lots or R&R, beautiful beaches, warm weather, great food and awesome scenery. I’d have to say my favourite part of the trip was snorkeling for the first time. I love being in water. Being in water and with all the colourful fish, turtles and coral was just amazing. Thankfully, no sharks though, phew!
My second trip was in September of 2016 and it was to visit my girlfriend in New York City. I went with two of my long time friends so that already made the trip something special. My last trip to NY was in 2015, but this time we explored Brooklyn and the Lower East Side a bit more. There’s so much to see and do in NY that every trip there is always a new experience. Catching a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem was definitely a highlight of the trip. I’ll be sure to put up a little first timers guide to NY when I get a chance.
Traveling is all about experiences and I’m very happy to have had great ones in 2016. I hope that 2017 will be more of the same. Visiting new and old places, sharing new adventures with the people who are closest to me.
The year was a transition year in terms of wellness. At the beginning of the year I started shifting my focus to build a more athletic type body. The previous years goal of getting stronger on certain lifts had left me a little bigger in some areas (waist and legs) than I would have liked. I also wanted to change-up my training a bit and try some different workouts.
One major change was a switch to Intermittent Fasting halfway through the year. For me it actually ended up working great with my schedule. It’s something I continue to do and probably will continue to do for some time.
It was the first year I also tried counting my macros. Over the year I ended up losing about 15 lbs. (Whoop whoop!) It’s definitely something I’ll keep doing until I can know how much macros are in my foods just by looking at portion sizes. Great to do if you’re really looking to make some serious changes in weight or body composition. One thing I’d like to do better in 2017 is to eat less junk (especially candy and chips..ugghh..my weakness), bad for health in the long run and bad for the teeth too.
The weight loss was great and it was fun trying different workouts from the norm. I feel refreshed after 2016 in terms of fitness and health which is a great base to be at heading into the new year. Heading into 2017 I will put an emphasis on not only performance but also aesthetics. Let’s see if I can’t get this middle-aged body into tip-top form!
The focus on family relationships was to try to spend more quality time with my parents. I live in the same house with them but living with people and spending quality time with them are two different things. This past year I tried to make a conscious effort to take more time out to spend with them. They are getting older and time goes so fast, the last thing I would want would be to regret not spending time with them when I could so it was a good year in terms of that.
In 2017 I hope to continue do the same. It’s hard to do sometimes when you’re trying to get your life going and accomplish things but I have to remind myself that somethings won’t be there forever.
Ahh the romance! In the love department it was a full year of long distance with the girlfriend. I wondered how it would go but over the year I think we managed to find our groove. Long distance ain’t no thang but a chicken wang now. We’ve learned to really appreciate our time together and time apart. Obviously it would be ideal to live in the same place, but sometimes you just have to take things as the come.
2017 will be an interesting year in terms of the romance. Not sure where she will end up living and working so that’s always exciting. As with any relationship, there’s always work to be done in order to keep growing as a couple. Looking forward to more growth in 2017.
Spending time with my closest friends is also an important relationship to work on. As with all my relationships, the older I get it’s quality over quantity. I think that will be my theme for 2017 in terms of all my relationships. Time seems to be for ever fleeting so spending quality time and being present with people when I get to be with them has to be a priority.
Relationships to me is one of the most important areas of my life and therefore keeping them nourished and healthy is a must.
I always feel like I don’t have enough. Anyone else get that feeling? I thought I’d save enough to have a down payment for a condo but fell slightly short of my original 2016 savings goals. It always feels like I can a little bit better in terms of savings. Maybe my expectations are too high, but I don’t think so.
Maybe 2017 will be the year. More saving, less unnecessary spending. Simple yet hard to do sometimes.
It may have taken a lot longer than I planned but I finally managed to get my new blog going which was great. I learned a TON of stuff from creating a new self hosted WordPress blog and had a lot of fun learning along the way. There is still a lot I need to improve and will improve on as time goes by. I thought I would have at least 2 blogs up and running by 2016 but just learning how to make this one took a lot of time.
My writing has developed a bit in terms of blog writing, but I still haven’t found my blog voice so to say. Creative writing had to take a back seat unfortunately as there are only so many hours in a day. I think creative writing will take a back seat for a little while longer as well while I focus on writing for the blog.
Blogging takes time, no way around it. It’s time that to me is well worth it. This blog is a little more leisurely as it is a personal blog but I find myself always want to do more. I guess that just means that I really love doing it right now. Maybe 2017 will see the start of another more specific blog. For now, I’m going to just see if I can establish this blog and go from there.
IT WAS A GOOD YEAR
As I get older I see any year as a good year as long as I’m alive and healthy. With those two things going for you, the world is your oyster so to say. Looking back 2016 was a great year of growth, progress, fun and stability.
I hope to take everything I learned from 2016 and use it as a catalyst to make 2017 a year of big changes and exceptional growth. What was your 2016 like and what would you like for yourself in 2017? Feel free to comment below. Here’s looking forward to a great year ahead.
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