Farewell to 2016


Desk Calendar Represents Year Two Thousand Seventeen

Let’s face it, 2016 was a tough year. We’ve lost so many beloved icons, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.


2016 brought us a newly elected president, new Star Wars movies, terrible acts of terrorism, refugee crises, the death of Fidel Castro, a heartbreaking season premiere of The Walking Dead (yes, I yelled at the TV and maybe cried a little…OK a LOT—don’t judge me), Brexit, earthquakes, the Olympics, the Zika virus in Brazil, Kanye exhausted and hospitalized, plane crashes, Juno orbiting Jupiter, hacked election emails, and Hatchimals becoming the new Tickle-Me-Elmo. Oh, and let’s not forget Mariah Carey’s meltdown on New Year’s Rocking Eve. (For the love of the Pete, who runs around in the equivalent of a teeny tiny bathing suit in Times Square? I got frostbite just looking at her!) I’m exhausted from thinking about all last year wrought.


Looking back on January 2016, I realize I don’t recall my 2016 resolutions. Something about being healthier, working harder, eating better, blah blah blah. The usual. I had my ups and downs, successes and…um…let’s call them less-than-successes. What about you? What were your resolutions? Did you succeed? Or did life start derailing them right around January 5th to the point where, like me, you can’t even remember them?


So 2017—here you are. It’s with a sense of optimism that I’m diving in.  New year.  New me.  More than that, I’m looking forward to taking everything I learned in 2016 and making 2017 even better.


I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year. I mean, obviously, I want to be supermodel skinny, run a marathon, cook nutritious and delicious meals for my family every single night, become wife and mother of the year, remember to sign report cards, not leave the laundry in the dryer for days, and be utter perfection in the workplace resulting in a giant raise. Clearly.


While I’m sure these are all going to happen (I really wish there was a sarcasm font), I don’t want to be looking back on this year’s resolutions and realize I needed a genie in a bottle to make them happen (let alone remember what they were).


This year I decided to work on being a kinder, more joyful, grateful person.  And yes, I already failed several times this morning – did EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEED TO BE ON THE FREEWAY TODAY?!  Sorry, I digress. I figure that focusing on being kinder, more joyful, and more grateful for everyone I know and everything I have, the other things will matter a little less. And isn’t that what we all really want?


What about you? What are your resolutions for 2017?


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