Dec 31, 2016

Reflections + Resolutions: 2016/2017

First, I’d like to take a moment to ask Father Time to slow this shit down. Is it just me, or does time seem to accelerate at a faster rate as we age? I mean… where the heck did 2016 go?

This past year has been an eventful one, both in the media/public arena as well as in my personal/professional life.

The presidential election, a depressing list of celebrity deaths, the Pulse shooting, the Olympics, the Cubs, the #blacklivesmatter movement…need I go on? It was, without a doubt, a year of historic proportions – the good, the bad and the ugly.

We all lived through the year with our own perceptions, disappointments and accomplishments. I try to remain neutral on most “hot topics” on this blog (and my other social media sites). Mostly as a method of self-preservation. I like my friends, family and job – ya know? But, if you know me outside of HDY, you know I am pretty opinionated – yet open minded, I hope.

Outside of the media commotion, I am happy to say that 2016 treated me like gold. Here are some of my highlights:

  • Got pregnant
  • Bought a house
  • Completed yoga teacher training
  • Started a new job
  • Traveled with friends
  • Enjoyed many spa treatments
  • Went on a 7-night Disney cruise

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Overall, it has been a pretty successful year of #adulting and dream chasing. Ironically, with so much going on and so much to share, I neglected HDY blog. Actually, I neglected the internet.

I still love blogging and the idea of blogs. But, for some reason my interest in reading other blogs and creating content for my own site faded this year. In the beginning, blogging was a fun hobby, and way to over share nonsense and to decompress and disconnect from the “real” world.  It was cool to own a little bit of internet real estate. But, as my “real” life responsibilities grew, the pressure to blog snowballed into something I didn’t expect. The stress to create prolific content, generate readers, operate successful SEO marketing, master the art of photography and graphic design… it all became overwhelming and time consuming. Sometimes, I think writing an actual book would take less effort.

Anyway, as 2016 concludes, we will see where this blog goes (I already paid for it until 2018, so it’s not going far). Will I re-invest, casually pursue or disappear completely? I have no idea. And that’s okay.

Here are my hopes and goals for 2017:

  • Become a loving mother to Piper Jo “PJ”
  • Excel at work

Yes. I want to do both – work and be a good mom. So many people have “warned” that I will not want to go back to work once Piper is here. Fair enough. Stay-at-home moms work all day, there is no denying that. I don’t buy into the mommy wars. Both decisions require huge sacrifice. In my opinion, neither is better than the other. We all have different paths and personalities to match! But, I’ve always been professionally and academically driven and I want to share that with my daughter.

Sidebar — Both my parents worked. I went to like eight daycares before starting grade school. I rode the bus to school, did house chores and ate cafeteria food. Look at me now. 🙂 

On a lighter note, I declare the following resolutions for 2017:

  • Practice yoga, again 
  • Read, leisurely
  • Join the Disney Vacation Club
  • Go on a cruise
  • Volunteer
  • Learn more about photography
  • Blog/Read blogs
  • Get into podcasts (I have podcast FOMO)
  • Meditate
  • Spend more time with friends and family

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Goodbye, 2016.

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