When I go back and think about 2016, I don’t necessarily jump up and down with excitement with how it played out. Until I started looking back, I didn’t quite realize that 2016 was one of the good years. Given, there were many rough patches, but I realize how truly blessed I have been. I’ve recently noticed that the hard stuff sometimes turns out to be the most important as well. Here are some of the things I have realized while reminiscing about the past twelve months (along with some resolutions):

  1. Returning back to college was tough (will that ever end?), but that went away quickly when I was reminded of all the wonderful people who surround me. Suddenly, what seemed to be a sad situation turned into gratefulness for all the happiness that is present in my life.  This year I am going to try and recognize more of these small joys that can be found everywhere in our world.
  2. I am on the executive board of one of the best student run organizations on campus at school. I plan an event for the top supply chain students from around the country and it’s stressful to say the least. I faced harsh criticism, powerful compliments, epic failures and triumphant success all in about the span of four days… and it was really tough for me (I may or may not have called my dad and cried my eyes out on the phone with him). But, I learned that these experiences make me stronger, teach me lessons and give me character.  This year I want to slow down and not take every little thing so seriously.
  3. School has never been my strongest suit. I’ve never felt particularly smart when it comes to academics. So when I went to college and people started talking about getting those dreaded internships prepared myself for the worst. This past summer I was lucky enough to get an internship with a company near Boulder, Colorado, but I just chalked that up to knowing the right people. This year was going to be harder, I just knew it. I interviewed with a few companies early in the fall semester and told myself that if I didn’t get anything, at least it was good practice, right? A few days later, I got a phone call, and a company named Abbott wanted me to join their team of interns! It wasn’t until a few days later that I realized, I actually worked really freakin’ hard to get that internship… I didn’t just get lucky. This year, I want to believe in myself more. 
  4. This one is simple and I’ve known it all along, But my family pretty much rocks. Being away from them kills me, but it’s also made me appreciate them way more than I used to.  This year I want my family to be more aware of how thankful i am for them. 
  5. A genuinely good person is a rare find these days. I notice it every time I do my grocery shopping, bike around on campus, deal with people on the phone and go out to dinner. It’s not hard to get mad at others and yell and be upset; we all do it! But I have recently realized that being a good person is not hard either. Beating cancer is hard, losing a loved one is hard, but simply being nice to others IS NOT HARD. You never know what kind of hidden battles people are fighting and the way you treat them could change the course of their day.  This year, I want to be a better person. 

I could go on forever and ever (and of course I have more resolutions, like eat healthy, work out 8 days a week and other things that will never happen). This year was good.


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