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Bye 2016

Man, I was so bad at “blogging” this year. I feel it in my bones that I’ll get better next year though, I promise 💪🏽

The year is over! I had a great 2016, all things considered. There are things that I wish I could have achieved, but I did a lot of things that felt very fulfilling to me this year. I traveled so much this year. I went to ten different places this year, five of which were places I’ve never been before; I traveled almost every month this year; I took five international trips, three of which were work trips, two of which were personal trips. Traveling is immensely fulfilling and enriching.

I read a lot this year. I read more books than I have the last several years combined. I’m ashamed to say that as a journalist, I don’t read a lot of books anymore. I read a lot of news, but I rarely read books. This year I went ham though, I read a WHOLE SEVEN BOOKS on top of reading ALL my New Yorkers, New York Magazines, Wireds, Atlantics, Lucky Peaches. I feel pretty great about this! The thing I find works for me is that once I document and have a record of what I’ve done, it feels easier to get the momentum going.

As I grow older, something I’ve been getting a lot better about is building habits, and forcing yourself to have discipline towards doing things you say you will do / say you want to do is deeply satisfying. It’s doubly satisfying for me because I was always really bad about it when I was a kid, and to be able to turn that around as an adult feels like an accomplishment.

I’ve built some habits into my life the last couple of years that I’ve been able to sustain. I started going to the gym religiously a few years ago in a way that my high school self would have positively gawked at. The last two years have been not that great in terms of gyming, but I hope to get back on track.

Next year I have general goals. I want to be healthier. I had a bit of a health scare earlier in the year, and I’m taking steps to address my health issues because I want to iron those kinks out. Getting stronger is awesome and confidence-building. Feeling weak and being a slave to your weaknesses is so debilitating and restrictive. In many ways, this was my biggest dud of 2016 — not being healthy and getting trapped in worrying about it.

I also want to be better with money in the new year. I was great with money in 2015. I saved a ton and felt like I lived my life in a good balance of getting what I want. This year I felt the capitalism FOMO never ended. On top of spending money on major things like travel — which I have 0 regrets about — I spent a lot of money on frivolous FOMO-driven things, and I’d like to work myself to the mental space where I’m not chasing things out of FOMO. Social media doesn’t help on this regard.

I want to keep up my reading habits. Books are great. Duh. But clearly have not been putting money where my mouth is until this year, so I’d like to at least triple my book count next year.

Okay that’s all for now. DEUCES and Happy New Year!

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