Too Good (2016 Year in Review)

Too Good (2016 Year in Review)

I've been trying to find the perfect song to title my year in review for 2016 and honestly, it was difficult! I feel like 2016 had some kickass musical contributions. I opted for "Too Good" by Drake and Rihanna. Not only did I drive my brother crazy putting it on repeat in the car more times than I care to admit but I also realized how many things in my life I was too good for - very symbolic!

Some times you reflect on the year as it comes to an end and you think "ah well, I didn't do anything monumental but the year was OK"....that was not the case for 2016! I had a freaking whirlwind year and I was excited in reviewing my posts and pictures to share the highs (and a few lows for perspective!).

Wonderful things that happened in 2016:

  • Continued to fall in love with fitness thanks to Studio Poise and the amazing community that supports all my goals. I hit 100 pounds lost over the summer, celebrating losing "a Brittany" (one of my favorite friends I've made at SP!) then in the fall I lost "a Danielle" (the woman who got me to actually commit to making my life better - love her). I truly feel like a new person and I am so excited to enter 2017 and kick some serious ass!
  • My BFF, Layne got married! It was a super fun year of planning and the wedding itself was great. We were all sad it was over!
  • I quit my job of 13 years and moved to a new role in a company very much outside of my comfort zone. It was scary as hell but I am starting to navigate the company and I am so thankful to my boss who brought me over!
  • I got serious about my finances, hiring a financial planner (whom I pay in baked goods, lol)  and setting goals for myself that I am crushing. I'll post more about the strong link between weight and debt later, it's a topic near and dear to me. I'm ending the year with the best credit score I've ever had and a solid plan to get me where I want to be by summer of 2017.
  • I actively dated! Now, don't get too excited since I'm typing this while curled up on the couch solo watching "Love Actually" and munching a peppermint bark scone - but I did it. I put myself out there and I met people outside of my "type" and it was an incredibly eye opening experience!
A few of my favorite pictures from the year! <3

A few of my favorite pictures from the year! <3

And in the spirit of transparency, not so wonderful things that happened in 2016:

  • I doubted myself. A LOT. So much that it prevented me from taking advantage of all life had to offer me. I got really in my head and it took it's toll for a bit. Thankfully I'm out of that headspace now!
  • I didn't travel out of New England. Not once! Serious bummer.
  • I held on really tight to something that was never mine to begin with. Apologies for vague-booking but I'm ending the year accepting there are some things that cannot be, no matter how much you wish they could. I finally decided I am too good to be second best.
  • I lost touch with some friends - it sucks but it's the ebb and flow of life unfortunately. Not everyone is meant to stay in your life forever.
  • I did not check all my fitness items off my bucket list - but this just means they roll into 2017!

As promised in my last post I took advantage of the Winter Solstice and I let some shit go and welcomed what I'd love to see in my life in 2017. Here's a sample of the notes I burned in the fireplace:

I am a self-proclaimed goaldigger and I have already set my 2017 goals, enlisted my support system, built progress trackers etc. I am ready for next year to be the BEST year. More about those in January!

Thanks for reading, supporting my adventures and cheering me on! I hope you can appreciate your own 2016 lessons and welcome a new year with a fresh page (or a new book - whatever works!).

XO
*Sam

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