The year flew by oh so quickly, as it always does.
I love looking back on the year and this is the first time I've really thought about it all and had a place to write about it!
That being said we're coming up on the one year birthday/anniversary, I like to say blogiversary, of Sincerely, Bri and I couldn't be more thankful for everyone who support this little thing! From reading to sharing, it's all amazing. And I'm still totally doing a giveaway very soon, so keep your eyes out!
Thinking back on 2016 is tricky because a lot happened, thankfully most of it good. I will admit this is one of my most scatterbrained posts, to me anyway, because I could have rambled on forever.
Nonetheless, here we go.
2016 held a lot of good for me, to say the least.
Of course leading the way was this very blog that launched on New Year's day and I have loved every minute of it - maybe a little too much, my sister would argue.
When I started it I had no idea what it would grow into, I honestly just thought it was pretty and a fun thing to play around with. It's not that I wasn't planning on taking it seriously I was just still in school and had plenty of things to do.
When school ended and I was trying to find a job (more of that filed under The Bad) I poured myself into the blog by more or less constantly hitting up the beauty section in Wal-Mart.
And then all the good happened at once.
I was accepted into the Canadian Beauty Blogger Network (and I'm the blog of the month for December!), and started getting invites to events and packages from PR companies. This year I've worked with five PR firms in Toronto, a handful of brands from all over from the world and been to so many events! And, very recently, I made my first video with dubdub and INGLOT which was terrifying but so worth it!
It makes me so excited to see what comes in 2017 now that I'm comfortable with what I do and I can reach out to companies with (somewhat) confidence.
There were good things that weren't blog related as well!
This year was also the year I found a whole new level of confidence.
I don't know what caused some switch to flip in me but I am more comfortable with myself now than I ever have been. Sure there's still the bad days, I mean right now isn't so good because I can't remember the last time I had a vegetable and that a bad sign, but still more good days than bad. I don't hate shopping (as much), I'm still loving the short hair that I used to fear so much and well I did the video which of course doesn't allow for me to pick the perfect angle.
It's always going to be a learning process of sorts, the self-esteem and such, but this year was certainly a high point and I think it will keep going.
I crushed the last semester of school while being editors in different publications, graduated (finally), moved downtown Toronto, made it up north to see my entire family, and landed a job at my favourite store maybe of all time.
I'm proud of all that I accomplished in 2016 but I also know it was just the start (cheese alert) and that makes me feel even more excited, and determined.
2016 was the year that some things just didn't go as planned, and I do believe in that cheesy saying about how everything happens for a reason - but still.
It was a stressful year, that I can't deny. I had my first anxiety attack (quite a few) and I feel on edge almost all the time. I haven't worked out how to deal with it just yet, and I can't remember the last night I slept well. There's a few things that played a part in this and all of the bad bits are out of my life now so I just have to work on myself.
I started off 2016 in a relationship (well, I thought it was but in the end I realized I was being led along) that ended in a text out of no where! So that wasn't the best way to leap into the world of dating. My second attempt was just as bad if not worse, and was seven months of me ignoring things and a week long break-up that ended with me very much realizing I wasn't the only girl. The one amusing bit is that both, I struggle to say men so let's go with boys, had the same name...a name that I shall shudder a little bit at from now on.
The year wasn't the best for relationships, it felt mostly like all the sad bits of rom-coms before the impossibly dreamy man shows up and sweeps me off my feet - maybe that'll be 2017! I kid...mostly.
Career wise there was one set back that still works me up a bit when I think too much about it.
I was promised a job after graduation (yes, I am very trusting and naive) and that job went from $1000 a month, to $500, to $100 and then I walked away. I had put in over half a year of free writing into this company and it was really disappointing to be taken advantage of by people I looked up to. That also left me downtown Toronto with no job which was insanely stressful, and I'm still trying to catch back up with rent and making money to support myself, which is happening slowly and surely.
Maybe it's my bad memory, maybe it's my selective memory but that's all I can think of that's been bad...which is okay by me.
Luckily I had nothing too ugly so upcoming will have to do.
I am beyond excited for 2017.
I know you can make changes at any time of the year but there's something about a fresh year that resets and excites me. I love the whole resolution thing, I tend to make lists of small things rather than single big ones, and 2017 will be no different.
I have big hopes for the next year, as I would think anyone does, but I mainly want to focus on my blog and my career. I have a few ideas up my sleeve career wise that I can't talk about just yet (nothing huge but baby steps!) and I have a few collabs set up already!
2016 I set off to be more selfish, and I was somewhat sucessful, but I know I want to still 'do me' this year and take better care of myself mentally and physically as I do it.
You see jokes all over social media about 2016 being horrible and I find them hilarious, but I really did enjoy the year. Sure there are a few things I would change (ahem, the two 'men') but it's a year that brought far more good things than bad.
2017, I'm ready for you.