2016 has been a great year. I’m not dead, I have all of my limbs, and I haven’t landed myself in jail. Therefore, I have no complaints. I used to make New Year’s resolution promises, but I never actually fulfilled any of those promises, so now I just vow to try to live better and do better. With that being said, here are a few of my 2016 highlights.
If you’ve been following along, then most of you would know that I had the amazing opportunity to backpack through Africa for the first time. I call this the journey of a lifetime. If you would have asked me 2 years prior would I ever backpack any country, let alone Africa, I would have said hell no. Things changed. My mind changed…and there I was, at the airport boarding a one-way flight to Cape Town, South Africa with all of my belongings crammed into a 30 lb. backpack. My mission, travel from South Africa to Egypt using nothing but Africa’s public transportation system and immersing myself in the culture along the way. Mission accomplished.
This year I decided to start blogging, and created The 30’s Chronicle. I’m 29 going on 30, and I knew that I wanted to create an outlet for all of us going on 30 and who are currently living in their 30’s. After browsing the internet, and not finding what I was looking for, I decided to create it on my own. So here we are.
I read somewhere that If the path you wanted to take hasn’t been paved yet, then pave it yourself. So I did.
2016 granted me the opportunity to take another shot at entrepreneurship. I started Hood n’ Tee, an online store that offers t-shirt, crewnecks, raglans, hoodies, baby and kid clothes, and mugs with creative slogans. These are not your average pop culture, trendy slogans that we often see, but something different and meaningful. Entrepreneurship runs through my veins. Although previous endeavors haven’t been as successful as I would have liked, I won’t stop until I make it to the top regardless of how many hurdles I may face.
2016 has been an insightful year. By no means has it been all peaches and cream. I’ve had to make the tough decision to close my first business I put so much effort in building. I just knew this would become the empire I had envisioned, but it was not a success. What I learned in this failed business is that I’m more resilient than I thought. I didn’t allow myself to cry more than 5 minutes, and within that 5 minutes I was already thinking about ideas for my second business.
As 2016 nears an end, I excitedly embrace 2017. There’s so much I look forward to and I can’t wait to share my 2017 with you all. What are some of you highlights for 2016. I’d love to hear them!
Live happy and inspired!