Why 2016 Sucked! And the Good that Came from it

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So some of you may have noticed that I have been MIA lately. I’d say I’ve been gone for quite some time. Even when I wrote a post, I wasn’t fully engaged with my blog or with all of you. There are a few reasons but the main one is that 2016 turned out to be a major disappointment for me. In other words, 2016 sucked ass!

I’m not into making new year’s resolutions but I did set some goals for myself throughout 2016, none of which panned out. I failed to meet any of them and when I fail at something, I tend to become my own worst enemy. When that happens, depression starts to seep in and take hold. Depression is something I have struggled with my whole life. Most days I win the battle. However, there have been some days where getting out of bed has proven to be my biggest obstacle.

2016_rockinrandommomFor example, one goal I set for myself this year was to finish one of my novels. I also planned to publish my first e-book by December. Neither happened. I have felt uninspired to write much. I think maybe it has to do with productivity or rather, the lack thereof. Not working and not having the proper transportation to work has taken it’s toll. Sending out resumes left and right and not receiving any responses or opportunities for job interviews has been an obstacle. With no inspiration and no job prospects in sight for 2016, feeling a sense of purpose was virtually non-existent and that has somewhat hindered my mental health.

I have also not worked out or gone for a hike in something like 6 months or so. You all know that I thrive and feel so much better about myself and about life when I am able to get outdoors and go for my hikes. Failure to do so this past year has made me realize how much I need it in my life.

Then to end the year with the complete freak show of our so-called presidential election… Well, I won’t even get into that. I’ve already written my take on that so consider this subject matter closed. I am not the only one who had it rough this year. I have spoken to several people who could not wait for 2016 to end.

2016_rockinrandommom 2016 hasn’t been all doom and gloom though. When I feel this down about my life I remind myself of the things I do have. I have my health. I have my wonderful boys who are doing so well that their happiness keeps me afloat and I tell myself that at least I’m doing something right. They remind me every day that life isn’t all about these secondary things. Life is so much more if we simply take the time to see it.

I also know that I must be doing something right somewhere because the universe has seen fit to add a new person to my life. Of the romantic sort. In September I met someone. He and I have been doing well but the best part is we are taking the time to really get to know each other. Only a few people know about him. My boys do not. I’m not one of those parents who introduces her kids to the first person they date right away. I am taking my sweet time with this one because I want to make sure I’m ready and my boys are ready. He understands this and it makes me appreciate him more.

2016_gratitude_rockinrandommomThis romance was completely unexpected too. I wasn’t looking for anything. Neither was he. We hit it off right away though, talking like we’ve known each other our whole lives. He’s funny and sweet. He’s romantic but in a fun way. He’s not over the top, which I really like. He’s so understanding too. He understands that my ex is a part of my life and that I love my kids more than anything. Best of all, he’s genuine. He’s honest and straight forward with me without being mean or disrespectful.

Then there is my best friend. She and I have gotten each other through a lot of tough times this past year. There were a lot of late night texts and phone calls that witnessed many bitch sessions and shed tears. I am so glad she is in my life.

Maybe the beginning of this post was a little misleading but as I reflect on 2016, I realize just how blessed I am and I am happy. The ex-husband has become a good friend. Adam and Conner are growing and thriving every day. My best friend and I are closer than we’ve ever been and I have a truly amazing man who only adds smiles and laughter to my days.

2016 sucked but let’s think positive! May 2017 be our Year!!

Thanks so much for reading!

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I am linking this with:

 

Cuddle Fairy
Diary of an imperfect mum
Modern Dad Pages

14 thoughts on “Why 2016 Sucked! And the Good that Came from it

  1. Ah I totally get the struggling to get out of bed thing. I think you’re probably able to rein yourself in though and not take your depression out on your kids (which I do and it’s unforgiveable). Sooooooo HAPPY you met someone!! Wasn’t expecting that from the title but in fairness you did refer to the good. And yes your presidential election was a freak show. I’m still suffering PTSD. Happy new year chick. #ablogginggoodtime
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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. I am looking forward to what 2017 has in store for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Focusing on gratitude is the best idea Michelle! Even when things are stinky there’s always something to be thankful for. I’m sorry you were feeling depressed. I missed your blog presence & am delighted to see you back! With writing if you’re not feeling it you can’t force it so don’t feel bad about not finishing books. You need to be in the right head space! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for this year, take each day as it comes. #BloggerClubUK xx
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    1. That’s what I’m trying to do, not put too much pressure on myself, which is something I have a bad habit of doing but I’m working on it. I want to finish but need the inspiration to do it right. Thanks so much for reading Becky!

    1. Thank you! Sometimes it can be hard to see the positives among so many negatives but I have learned to do just that and it really helps to put things into better perspective. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Jeremy! I am hoping that 2017 turns everything around for me. I am staying positive. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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