As we’re winding down yet another year, I’ve paused to reflect on the goings on of 2016. I had such promise for this year because I was at a fairly low point in the beginning. Little did I know, that “low point” would be the highlight of my year. Looking back on this year, I’ve realized that I’m not the same person I was when it started.

I’ve had countless conversations with friends whose year has been somewhat similar. They’re all just as over this year as I am. At least I’m in good company. Some relationships were lost, some loved ones didn’t make it, and some relationships were forged. I’m not going to go into details about my year; just know it was challenging. BUT – I’ve learned quite a few lessons.

What 2016 Taught Me

Although this year has been a huge pain in the rear, it did teach me some valuable lessons; lessons I’m certain I’ll never forget. This year has taught me, once and for all, that I unequivocally cannot be trusted with food. I’ve gained back almost every ounce of weight I lost after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Talk about being disgusted with myself…ugh!

I’ve also learned the very valuable lesson of letting go. I had to let go of a few relationships this year and, sadly, my grandmother. I learned that not everyone has the same heart I have and that’s okay. Unfortunately, I experienced the agony of learning that even people you trust will use you the first chance they get. That should make me more cynical than I am, but it hasn’t. I refuse to let the actions of others change who I am.

Finally, this year has taught me that I’m much stronger than I originally thought. Granted, the events of this year have all but broken me, but they didn’t. I’ve managed to keep my faith and sanity intact. That’s a feat in and of itself!

What’s Next?

Well, I’m hopeful that 2017 is a much better year but I’m not expecting anything at all. Here’s how the new year is going to go for me:

So, tell me, how did 2016 treat you? What will you do differently in the new year?