Happy New Year!!

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Wohoo it’s 2017!! This past year has been so full of personal growth and change, I feel like a completely different person from who I was one year ago. At times this was a challenging and uncomfortable process, change is never easy, but I feel so much stronger and more in control of my life than I did at this time last year. I’m fairly sure this next year is going to bring more change as Jonathan and I put into action the plans we’ve been working on the last few months. It’s both scary and exciting to think about what the coming year will bring. Anyway, without getting too far ahead of myself I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on some of the best parts of 2016.

I traveled to Hawaii. In May I was lucky enough to be able to travel to the island of Kauai to visit a friend. I’d been to the island a few months earlier on my honeymoon and thought I’d seen everything but it was a completely different experience exploring the island with a local. Now having seen it from the perspective of a local and a tourist I still feel like there’s tons more to see and do there. I would love to return to Kauai a third time, this time to hike the Kalalau trail in its entirety.

We celebrated one year of marriage. This year had a lot of challenges in store for myself and Jonathan and I feel like we became stronger as a couple as we supported each other through these tough moments. To be loved and cared for unconditionally is such a wonderful thing and I hope that everyone reading this has that in their life. I can’t wait to celebrate many more anniversaries in the coming years and to share both the fun times and the hard times with my husband as we grow together.

I paid off my student loan. Wohoo! I paid off my rather hefty student loan this year. I’d been making payments on it since I graduated university in 2013 and it feels so good to be free! Although it was not fun to dedicate a large portion of my paycheque every month to paying this back I do not regret getting a student loan for a second. My degree is an investment that will serve me for life and there are so many lessons in money management to be learned from having and repaying a substantial loan.

I exercised a ton. At the beginning of 2016 I was sidelined due to an injured foot and had gone from a job that was fairly active to a completely sedentary desk job. I’d gained some weight and didn’t feel good about myself. Eventually my foot got better but my self esteem was at an all time low. In the past I had mostly jogged to stay fit but since I could no longer do that I needed a little bit of help coming up with new workouts. My athletic husband helped me put together a fairly intensive workout plan that had me completing daily activities and striving for fitness rather than weight loss. For the first time in my life I became athletic. The experience was so empowering and I learned so much from it. I am planning on writing a future post about this training program so if you are interested in reading more about it stay tuned!

We traveled to Indonesia.  Jonathan and I booked a holiday to Bali and the Gili Islands on a whim when we saw a good deal on airfare. We crammed a lot into the short amount of time we had there and were able to see just about everything we had hoped to. It was so fun exploring these unbelievable islands and getting to experience a new culture. This trip was a real high point for 2016. Stay tuned for several upcoming posts about our time in Indonesia.

So that’s it for my 2016 highlights, thanks for reading! I hope you had a fantastic New Years Eve and all the best for a happy and healthy 2017! Leave me a comment below and let me know what your best moments from 2016 were.