GOODBYE 2016 : 10 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2016

Hello All!

After an extended holiday from the blog (it’s funny how somehow time gets lost between that week of Christmas & New Years…isn’t it?!), I’m back with many new exciting posts planned for all of you!  Let’s start off with a look back at 2016.

After 365 days, we all say goodbye to 2016!  You were one interesting year!  I grew my little slice of the internet, rebranded & renamed my blog from “All Things Tiffany Blue” to “Devastatingly Chic”,  quit teaching & moved into the grand adventure of administration, grew both as an individual & with my friends & family.  While it was a  a year that made me question a lot of things that were going on in life, I also learned a lot (keep reading after the photos to read the 10 things that 2016 taught me).  I’m thrilled for the new beginnings that a new year brings!

Here were some of my favorite posts from the year:

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Every year we all learn certain life lessons.  Lessons that really light up our eyes and teach us things we weren’t certain of in the years prior.  This year, I learned a lot about myself & how I view life.

No. 1:  Not everyone will like you & that’s completely okay.

The saying often goes, “You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world & there will still be someone who doesn’t like peaches.”  Everyone has different tastes & ideas about the world.  This often leads us to see the world through different eyes.  As a result, sometimes, people just don’t like others.  Try not to take it personally.  Perhaps, you’re a peach and the other person is just really wanting strawberries.  I’ve realized that not everyone is going to like me…and I’m okay with that.  I would rather be me than some version that’s altered to someone else’s ideals…because, after all, then I’m not really me, am I?!

No. 2:  Never say never.

Every single time I say, “I NEVER….” a few days, months, or years down the road I seem to find myself doing exactly just that.  Years ago, I thought I would never dream of blogging (now I’m in love with it).  In years past, I thought I would never want to leave the classroom and become an administrator (& well here I am).  The word “never” scares me a little…it means that you have a narrow vision of your life and can’t seem to see beyond it.  However, when you see past the small version of the world that currently exists around you “never” fails to exist and a new realm of possibilities is presented.

No. 3:  When you can’t keep things organized, you have too much.

This is a revelation that I had just a few nights ago.  I sat on the floor of my overflowing closet/office wondering why in the world I always struggled so very much with keeping it organized.  It seems as though as soon as I’ve picked it up, items of clothing, handbags & shoes are on the floor again within days.  The answer is simple…not everything has a home & I must truly have too much stuff.  The answer is clear you see because if I had less, everything would always have a home/space to go back to.

No. 4:  Believe in yourself.

If you don’t, no one else will.  You are your own best advocate.  You can achieve anything you believe you can.  Period.

No. 5:  Be the person that states the positive.

At times those around us can go toxic by spewing negative commentary about others, situations, or things.  Truth be told, it’s human nature to do so.  However, in finding the silver lining and being the person to point it out, you have the power to turn a conversation from a negative one to a positive one within minutes.

No. 6:  A good outfit isn’t everything, but it sure can put you in a damn good mood.

Simply put, if you get dressed and hate your outfit, it’s more than likely going to be a bad day.  There’s something that putting on an outfit we like does to our brain.  It’s almost as though the gears inside our minds switch and we are able to focus on the good because we feel good.  Next time you’re in a bad mood, go put on something you love.  I promise your day will improve.

No. 7:  If you’re the smartest one in the room, leave.

You should always be able to learn something from someone.  If you begin feeling that others have nothing to offer mentally (be it in relationships, at work, on social media) and are draining your capacities…LEAVE.  Life is so unpredictably short.  We should always be learning from those around us.

No. 8:  Style changes.

My blog turns 3 later on this month.  My style has certainly changed since the beginning.  Gone are the days in which a strived to fit as many prints as possible cohesively into a look.  Now, I see myself adoring more simplistic, classic ensembles.  My archives are open….feel free to take a walk and browse through the past 3 years of my style.

No. 9:  Abolish the negative (whether it’s people, places or things).

Life is so very short.  I don’t have time to deal with drama despite what noun it comes from (be it person, place, or thing).  I refuse to spend my time dwelling on the crap that makes us miserable.  Remember, you are not a tree.  You have the ability to walk away from that which expels negative energy.

No. 10:  Let go of how life is supposed to look.

Nothing goes according to plan exactly in life.  Sometimes, the best part of life is the ride attached to it all.  Let go of the time table as to when certain things are supposed to happen.  All that does it bring unnecessary stress upon yourself.  Life will go on whether or not you have accomplished everything you wanted to by a certain societal imposed age.

 

What were your life lessons of 2016?

xoxo,

Abbie

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2 Comments

  1. January 4, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Sounds like you learned so much from this year! Excited to see what 2017 has in store! 🙂 cheers!

    • aarbrun@gmail.com
      January 4, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Yes! Me too! Cheers to a fantastic 2017!

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