2016 has been a hell of a year. And by that I mean it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.
I started January 2016 off with a strain to my IT band and I finished it off with plantar fasciitis. Despite that, I still managed to complete four half marathons and two 10Ks. I received my first Coast to Coast medal (and a fancy Millennium Falcon to boot). I may not half managed to run a full marathon (insert link to girls on the grid post), but I’m okay with that.
The start of 2016 also dealt me a massive emotional blow. That hit has had me struggling all year. It’s why I’ve been quieter and away from a lot of things this year. And while I will probably struggle with the pain of that blow for the rest of my life, I’ve learned quite all about myself through it all. I can’t change what’s happened. I don’t have a time turner, a Delorean, or a Tardis to change the past. So I can only move forward.
And that’s the beauty of the New Year and all the celebrations that go along with it. It’s a chance to move forward and leave the past behind. It’s a promise of new beginnings. It’s a chance for me to get back to being me.
Me being me means focusing on the bright side of things. So rather than dwell on the physical and emotional pain that 2016 dealt me, I’m choosing to focus on the good. Even with all the bad (which I’m not even going to get into the broader state of the world), there’s been a lot of good.
I had several amazing trips to Disneyland with family, including whirlwind trips for just one day. I had some amazing cosplays put together and even a photoshoot in one (thanks Charles!). I’ve met a lot of new, wonderful people by spearheading more Geek Girl Brunch Sacramento events and by hosting Geeks Who Drink quizzes at Pizza Rock. And I had one of the better holiday seasons I’ve had in a long time; managing, coping and even avoiding my Seasonal Affective Disorder.
So with this choice to focus back on me, I’m excited to see what 2017 brings. I’m already planning several different trips to visit amazing people and see wonderful things. You’ll just have to wait and see what new adventures await.
Happy New Year and Welcome 2017!