Everywhere I turn I hear people talking about how horrible 2016 was…but I beg to differ! 2016 you have been GOOD to me!!
This has been such an absolutely amazing year in my life, it will go down as one to always remember. I brought in 2016 having the time of my life and it only went up from there. It was almost as if 2016 literally said “Turn down for what!!”
I won’t lie and say that everything within the year has been good and filled with stardust and roses, because it hasn’t. But I can say that the growth that I have experienced this year and the tools that I have picked up along the way were able to completely change how I managed the hard times. And simply because of that, I can look at the seemingly “bad times” and see the lesson in them and KNOW that it is good.
My perspective shifted…almost like looking into my camera. If I don’t like what I see…before changing the entire shot and moving my client, I shift my body or position…I change MY perspective. And 9 times out of 10 that is all that was needed.
image by Kirth Bobb
My 2016 recap:
I placed myself as a priority and took the time to get to know me
I went on a 3 week journey to celebrate my 35th year on this earth. This journey took me back to The Continent where my soul had been before, but my body had not
I began to see things differently
I developed new friendships
I embraced my kinky curly hair and stopped blowing them out into boring straight strands
I started wearing head wraps and discovered that I deserve to wear a crown at all times
I peeled off things about myself that I did only because it was what others deemed as the standard of beauty and I discovered my own standard…I told myself “I am BEAUTIFUL” and I said it for the first time with no apologies
I bore my soul to a stranger that could see me and guide me on a path to seeing myself ~ talking to her is my form of therapy and I’m not ashamed of it
I gave love a try…I loved hard, and then I lost…but I discovered that I still believe in LOVE
I discovered tourmaline, rose quartz, carnelian, amethyst, citrine, and more
I discovered the importance of meditation and having a sacred space
I discovered that I can tap into the power that I have to create the life that I want by going within ~ I manifest everything in my life…good and bad so I learned how to be mindful of the words I choose to speak because the universe will respond to whatever it is that I say
I realized that everything is energy and the importance of cleansing my energy and elevating my vibration
I stopped eating meat for both physical and spiritual reasons ~ it was the single most important change I made this year and was the catapult for the growth I experienced
I found out that my human design is a Generator and that I must always listen to my gut
I did a 90 day program that involved two-a-days at the gym
I saw the glow within me
I ascended as a Sacred Woman
I yachted across the Adriatic Sea for a week
I climbed the side of a rock cliff barefoot and then jumped off that 30 foot cliff into the Adriatic Sea
I swam in caves and in the middle of the wide open sea
I trekked across Italy
I rode on the back of a scooter in Croatia with no particular destination in sight and stumbled upon the cutest olive and wine vineyard with a group of great people
I tried edibles and determined it is not for me
I cried…a lot
I spoke my manifesto out loud in front of a room full of fellow photographers
I laid the foundation for the next level of my business and started collaborations that will manifest in 2017
I got rid of cable
I bought a 4 unit apartment building in NE Washington DC when all the other real estate investors, that don’t look like me, tried to steal it
I loved on my grandparents
I loved on my parents
I loved on my sisters
I loved on myself
Yes 2016, you have been good to me!!!
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