Some years come and go, without too much out of the ordinary. The Earth has revolved around the Sun for the four and half billionth(ish) time, and it’s now 2016. Society tells us it’s time to reflect on the prior year, set goals for the next (which are almost always unattainable), and spend the night drinking champagne with friends, and watching Ryan Seacrest pandering to a million lunatics in Time Square. Even those of us who aren’t nostalgic have a difficult time NOT thinking about what happened in 2015 or hoping for the best in 2016.
2015 was my year, I want 2016 to be your year. Here’s what I learned in 2015: If you don’t gather the courage to chase your dreams, jump off of a cliff into the unknown, and take a chance that isn’t 100% certain of succeeding, your 2016 will be a lot like 2015, 2014, or any other arbitrary revolution of Earth around the Sun.
I’m not suggesting to do something crazy, I just want to let you know that if I didn’t walk away from a promising job, leaving my friends, family, things, and my four-legged best friend for 6 months in 2015, I wouldn’t have been blessed with the experiences and people that made 2015 a year that changed the trajectory of my life.
Yes, 2015 was a lonely and sad year for my 401(k), but hopefully, in the long run, the business I started with my new found courage will more than make up for the difference. I learned how to really save money and make it stretch, all without skimping on the true experience. I also learned that spending time with those you love is worth more than I ever realized, and I’m glad this understanding came before I left too many years in the rear view mirror.
So, raise your champagne glass to 2016, my hope is that we all spend more time and energy on the things that really matter, each other. I encourage you to dig deep in 2016 and do the thing you’ve always wanted to do, but came up with enough excuses to avoid. Here’s to 2016, the year that will change your life.
Here are a few highlights of my life changing 2015: