As I reflect on 2016, I can’t believe we’re days from the start of a new year. I’m sure that’s what everyone says, but it’s true. It’s been a year of many firsts, both professionally and personally, and also one of the most fulfilling years of my life.
I’ve completely settled in as an apparel product developer (just hit my 15 month anni!) and had the opportunity to be part of some high visibility projects and important work throughout the year. I’m surrounded by great co-workers and a fearless leader who I strive to emulate on a daily basis. I’m so thankful to have her as my compass.
This Spring I travelled on a development trip to China, which had been a long-term goal of mine. Our Spring 2017 trip is already booked and we’ll be adding India to the mix! Out of all the years Ive spent in product development, I’ve never been so comfortable in my abilities to do my job well. I hope this place loves me as much as I love working here.
On a personal note, this year was my first as a fiancé! It was filled with wedding planning, saying YES to the dress, a very large excel spreadsheet to keep organized, engagement photos, food tastings, small and big decisions, and even more planning. We’re officially six months out from the big day and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate. Last week marked our last dating anniversary – it’s #11 if y’all can believe that number! It sure is bittersweet. *A special thanks to my friends and family who have put up with my 1 billion wedding questions. I’ve hashed and re-hashed decisions with them and never once did they lose their patience. It hasn’t gone unnoticed.
We took our first family vacation with my parents since 2001 (!!!!) to Mexico where I also asked my sister to be my MOH. I’m so thankful for that trip and the memories we made together as a family.
Our sweet English bully, Morty turned 2. Yes, I realize he will have a birthday each year but he brings so much happiness to our lives every day it would be impossible not to mention him. He will start doggy daycare in January, so If y’all think I was batty before, just wait until Morty brings home his first art project.
We completed our bathroom remodel (pictures coming soon!) and hope to finish our mudroom next year. It’s in the middle of renovation right now with exposed insulation and cement floors. So, it looks like homeless people live in the walkway right now – naturally.
On a more serious note, I’ve become extremely grounded in my relationships. My fiancé and I have dated for more than a decade, so we’ve been a part of so many celebrations for our friends and family. I like to think of myself as that fearless supporter you can always count on. If it’s important to you, I will be there. I learned throughout this year that not everyone will relentlessly support you as you had to them. You can’t change someone’s decision to be committed or not committed to what you find important, what’s happening in your life and what you want to celebrate. You can only adjust your focus. Where I’ve previously placed time and energy and discovered the same isn’t reciprocated, I’ve adjusted. Genuinely asking about what’s happening in another’s life are qualities I consider to be a no-brainer in a friendship, but I realize not everyone is as interested in your life as they are about their own.
On the other hand, it’s has been so refreshing and comforting to see those people in my corner draped with bells on. I get warm fuzzies every time I think about it. Big or small, a text message checking in, advice, or your time – y’all know who you are and I love you from the deepest depth of my heart. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us.
This year has been filled with so much good. Not every day of course, but I can’t pull out any bad that’s worth talking about. As we lean into 2017, it’s my chance to celebrate one of those once in a lifetime moments we get – like becoming a wife and all of the little celebrations that lead up to it.
May your New Year be filled with lots and lots of love, happiness, great people, better moments, strong drinks and continued success.
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB