2016 Year In Review + Life After Graduation + Insights Into 2017

2016 Year In Review + Life After Graduation + Insights Into 2017

Graduating in December of 2015 really set the pace for my 2016. It was full of ups and downs, but very rewarding!

After graduating college I feel that many have the perception that "life starts." It definitely does, but maybe not as glamorous as some may think. This was the case for me. I had no concrete plans after college. No job...no graduate school..nothing. I wanted it this way. For the first time ever I got to experience life without the construct of school. But boy, I did not think it was going to be as challenging as it was. I was so naive! lol 

Life is the best teacher.
— Unknown

So me being free to experience life how I wanted only lasted so long because life is not free if you catch my drift. Your girl had to get a job quick! lol. I think I had about six jobs this year. Ha! I'm going to get so many W2s!

With all of the jobs at some point or another I thought, "Why I am I here? I have a bachelor's degree!" But here's the thing: there's not too many things in life that we just deserve. Things that you want come about by hard work & persistence along with many other qualities. I just didn't deserve a degree, I had to work for it. So the work didn't stop there. If I wanted a "worthy" job, I had to work for it. I put in sooooo many applications. I even moved thinking that it may have been the job market where I live. At the end of the day regardless of me having a degree, I needed experience. So after about half the year, moving twelve hours away, and about four jobs in lol...I got more focused. Instead of complaining I tried to appreciate what I had. Why would I be blessed with a "better" job if I didn't appreciate the one I had? What can I learn from this job to help me towards my ultimate goal?  

The strongest of all warriors are these two—Time & Patience.
— Leo Tolstoy

I've learned that at every step of the way that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be, exactly when I'm supposed to be there. Of course we all have certain goals that we want to attain by a certain age or date, but sometimes it may take longer to get there. You have to learn to appreciate the moment you're in & not jump too far ahead because you can miss the lesson that you need in the present to get you to that future point.

With searching for a job this past year, I end up finding myself a bit. It forced me to dig deep, think more, and ultimately get closer to God. Without faith I would have given up. But instead I kept pushing because I knew there was something more for me even if I couldn't see it; i felt it.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

To make a long story short, within two weeks of deciding to move back home I got a job IN my field that will continue to advance my skill set and provide me with continuing opportunities!  You mean to tell me after the whole year (end of November at this point), moving twelve hours away, and working countless jobs I get a job that quick!? And let me back up a bit. This was the same job that I interviewed for upon graduation but was not able to accept at the time. I had also tried at it a few times during 2016 with no luck. So here it is a year later, after maybe two phone calls, an email, and WAHLAH (or however you spell that)!

But it really wasn't that simple. It was the humbleness that I learned from substitute teaching. (BTW my kids are def going to be home schooled after that experience.) It was the punctuality I learned from being an office clerk. It was the supervisory and delegation skills I learned from being a retail manager. It was the financial experience I gained from being a teller. These things combined with many others and most importantly my growing relationship with God is what made things come literally full circle for me.

It was a trying year and I would love to dig deeper with you all, but for the sake of time & space I think you all get the big picture. For whatever your trial may be: TRUST THE PROCESS. 

With all that being said, what does 2017 look like for me? Well I'm not much into resolutions so here's a few things:

  • First & foremost I will continue to strengthen my relationship with God. 
  • I'll take time to appreciate the current moment more & try not to jump too far ahead. I want to really learn what I can now to prepare me for the future. Making small steps will eventually get me to the point I need to be.
  • BLOG CONSISTENTLY! I dropped the ball this year, but starting this blog was really rewarding for me in 2016. I didn't talk about it in this post but definitely will in another.  
  • & you know the usuals: eat better, workout, shop less, save more, blah blah blah lol

Like I said earlier in this post, I would have loved to dig deeper. So if you have any questions or comments PLEASE DON'T HESITATE! I am here to share my experiences in hopes that I can help someone avoid some of the mistakes I have made or just to let you know that you're not alone in your journey!

For this post it was appropriate to use my beautiful graduation photos provided by goldentimetay!