2016 has been SUCH a year friends, oh me oh my! First, I want to start by saying how GRATEFUL I am for all of you lovely readers. Truly, you make me smile like crazy when I realize how faithful + wonderful you all have been… especially when I went absent for 7 months this year! 2016 was definitely filled with unexpected twists + turns. But then again, what would a rollercoaster be without some ups + downs, am I right? We are never promised a path that is straight + easy to predict… but when I think about it, why would I want to know what is right in front of me anyway?
I started 2016 with the goal of being WHOLESOME. That was my one word for the year + my ultimate goal of getting healthy, feeling balanced in all different areas, + focusing on some ME time. However, when I look back at 2016 I have to say the first 9 months were not spent with any sort of wholesomeness….I undoubtedly got lost in committing fully to work + putting all my efforts into growing a business. While I fully enjoyed my time at this job, I had to make the tough choice of putting my blog on hold while I committed wholly to my career. This was such a hard decision for me, + one I did not think I would make just 3 years into starting my blog.
As the months went on, I knew I loved my position, but my heart was craving the creativity + entrepreneurship I experienced from being a blogger. I also knew that God had put it on my hear to eventually start my own business outside of the blog. But at that time, despite tons of prayer, I had NO idea what that could be. As I started feeling that it may be time to leave my current job, I felt a deep desire to plunge back into my blog + recommit to the creativity and passion that drove me to start Madly Mignon in the first place. I also recently had gotten out of a serious relationship, so it felt like just the right thing to start anew.
It was soon after this that I conceived the idea of KaitKat Creative Content. It was within just one week that the idea was conceived, the business plan created, and simultaneously I left my job. Say WHAT! God made it evidently clear that this was the new path I was to be on. Although ever so daunting, there was such a freedom in joining forces with my bestie, Kat, + starting anew in an arena that would put all my efforts into a business that was my own. So here we are, 3 months in + doing fiercely amazing. Don’t get me wrong, there is SO much learning to be had in running your own business, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Each day is new and different, it can’t truly be predicted or pre-planned…but that is what is so beautiful. We are learning so much, through challenges and successes and ultimately growing stronger in the process. It has been SO thrilling!
As I reflect on the last year + my one word, wholesome, I can honestly say that while the majority of the year was not a success, the last 3 months have been considerably whole + balanced. As I look forward to 2017 + my struggle with committing to my 2016 word for the majority of the year, the word I am choosing for 2017 is DISCIPLINED. While I consider myself a decently disciplined person, there are so many things I have yet to surrender. When I commit to a change, I want to be disciplined to see it through. When I say that I want more balance, I want to be disciplined to ensure that actually happens. This means in health, sleep, work, faith, relationship, + love. This next year, it is about being disciplined enough to really experience what it means daily to be FULL in Christ, even in the moments of craziness. Above all, this year I vow to be disciplined at making a heart transformation + growing to love myself more than ever before.
Now that you have heard all about my year 2016, what is in store for you in 2017? What is your one word?
And to that I say….Au Revior 2016, + Bonjour 2017!