What I Learned in 2016

What I Learned in 2016

Reflection is something I like to do frequently. I love reliving moments, recognizing the highs and lows, and adjusting when I need to change. Today’s post is all about just that – reflecting on what I learned in 2016.

01. Following your dreams can bring so much happiness. As most of you know, I decided to pursue my dreams opening my online store (more on this coming soon!) and writing my blog full time. This was a huge decision that Gary and I talked about dozens of times. I worried so much of what other people would think of me and what I would tell people. I decided to follow my dreams and with Gary’s support, I haven’t looked back since. I’m truly so much happier with my life now.

02. Education is never a waste. I’ve recently seen so many people online say that because they don’t directly use their college degree, it’s a waste. I’m here to tell you different: education is never a waste. I may not use what I learned in my direct area of study (human resource management), but I do use business and entrepreneurship every single day. Getting an education is a gift that a lot of people will never get to experience.

03. Waiting is worth it. Being patient is such a great characteristic and one that I wish I could embody more often than I do, but in 2016 I learned that waiting is worth it. Gary and I dated for six years (and one week!) before we got married and there were so many times throughout that six year period that I wished we had been married. After trying to work a wedding into our lives multiple times, it just didn’t feel right. We officially decided that we would wait until after graduation and on our wedding day, I remember thinking how glad I was that we waited for that time. We had accomplished so many goals during those six years and our relationship often took the brunt of all the ups and downs. I’m so happy that we waited until we were done with all of our other obligations and took the time to do it right and make it special.

04. Traveling is worth every penny. As most of you know, we went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and I’m not going to lie – we spent so much money. It was our honeymoon, which definitely calls for a more luxury trip, but it was still expensive. However, while we were there, we had the best time of our lives and we still talk about it today. To us, traveling is worth every penny. It exposes you to sometimes rocky circumstances, allows you to explore a culture and way of life different from your own, exposes you to the beautiful world we live in and the beautiful people we share it with, and makes you realize what really matters in life. 2016 proved to me that traveling is worth the sometimes expensive price tag and truly enriches lives.

What is one thing you learned in 2016?