2016 was a challenging year to say the least. While some passed through untouched, others felt like it chewed them up and spit them out. Many didn’t survive. I thankfully landed somewhere in the middle ground. Most of my personal life went unscathed, but when it came to work I lost a lot of time and money and most heart-breaking of all, I lost people I loved.
After trying so hard to stay positive all year, I have to admit I felt quite defeated as the end approached. I was so very ready for 2016 to be over. The new year would bring a new chapter and I could finally forget this not-so-awesome part of my story. After much reflection and renewal over the holidays, however, I realized that we can't just cut out the hard parts. What would a new chapter be without the one before it but a fragmented piece out of context? I realized that the hard parts make the story. They are what makes the main character strong enough to conquer the chapters ahead.
Every year will have its challenges, some more than others. This new year ended up coming with a new perspective on the past. Instead of trying to forget last year, I'm purposely trying to remember. I’m refusing to develop sudden amnesia and holding the valuable lessons of 2016 close…
To value myself.
To defend that value.
To dedicate time to making space for growth.
To allow things to unfold before making big decisions.
To take a step back in the right direction after every step off of the path.
To look internally for happiness before trying to find it outside of me.
To work hard and fast in order to spend spare moments with the people I love.
To be grateful for every life experience both good and bad.
2017 is already looking so much better for me both personally and professionally. Politically, it’s another story but I’ll leave that for later post!
- Idea Garden President & Creative Director, Vivian Belzaguy