2016 Reflections….2017 Intentions

I don’t buy into the whole 2016 sucked because some wonderful celebrities died (RIP Prince). For me, 2016 was a good year. But I think every year that I’m learning and growing is a good year. I feel like I learned a lot in 2016. I was reminded of the power of my thoughts and words in 2016. It seems like most of us are taught as kids, “If you believe it you can achieve it.” And we start off well with believing all things are possible, but when we begin to experience setbacks or disappointments we stop believing. 2016 was a reminder that I can be awesome if I believe it. Thanks to podcasts and a devotional by Joyce Meyer highlighting different bible verses and affirmations found on Pinterest. Along with awesome books by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Don Miguel.  I was reminded of the power of my thoughts and words.

Another great thing about 2016 was learning how good it feels to meditate. Although I know of the awesome power of meditation I still struggle with meditating consistently. But even if I don’t meditate every day I still can do it when I have crazy days and need to slow my mind down.

Learning how to sew was another highlight of 2016. It was a goal that I had for a long time. It has been a lot of fun picking out fabrics and patterns and then making something with them.

Also being able to homeschool my kids another year was one of my highlights for 2016. Both of my kids have grown and learned so much during 2016. I can’t help but be thankful for 2016.

Plus, in 2016 my husband and I celebrated our 12th marriage anniversary 🙂 So thank you 2016 for all of this wonderfulness.

There was one thing that I wasn’t all that great about 2016 and that was my lack of exercise and my frequent indulgence of gluten-free cookies. I started 2016 off strong.

I was exercising and eating big salads every day. But then I got bored with doing the same workouts week after week. And I started exercising less. But I was still eating really well. That is until around the summer when Kroger started having crazy amounts of gluten-free cookies marked down on the clearance aisle.  I don’t even look at the gluten-free cookie section very often, but I shop the clearance aisle every time I go to Kroger. At first, it was like “Score” gluten-free cookies marked down this will be a nice treat. Then they started having some kind of gluten-free cookies marked down almost every week and that was not good for my waistline. Seriously I had so many gluten-free cookies last year that I even started writing a blog post (it’s half finished just hanging out in my drafts) for one cookie that was insanely delicious.2017 Intentions  Not exercising and eating cookies have my pants fitting really snug.  And that has to change.

Which leads my into my Intentions for 2017.

  1. Say no to marked down gluten-free cookies more times than I say yes. I still want to enjoy gluten-free cookies, but not as often as I did in 2016.
  2. Get back to exercising consistently
  3. Continue learning how to sew. Make some of the things of my wish list like pants (specifically faux leather pants), curtains, and a bra.
  4. Enjoy every day.
  5. Go on all six dates that my mother gifted my husband and me with for Christmas.
  6. Post at least 10 blog posts each month.
  7. Get hired for my local blogging jobs.
  8. Travel
  9. Do more DIY Home Improvement Projects
  10. Meditate and read more books
  11. Be braver and less fearful

How was your 2016? What are your intentions for 2017?



  • Reply robincharmagne January 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    That’s a great list Sonya. I really enjoyed the sewing posts. Wishing you the best New Year!
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    • Reply Sonya January 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Robin! I’m looking forward to sharing more sewing posts this year.

  • Reply NERLINE GERNAIN January 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Hi Sonya!
    I am going to say it here, I don’t do good with even numbers when it comes to the years. BUT 2016, like any other year, had its ups and downs for me. We got some bad news at the end of 2016, but we know that God got us! I am so happy you were able to accomplish so much in 2016. You inspired me to do more with my kids. I have EAT, PRAY, LOVE, but I have not been able to finish it. I think I need to start over. I wish you the best for the new year. Happy new year!

    • Reply Sonya January 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Hearing that I inspired you to do more with your kids makes me feel good. We never know how or if our posts will impact others, so I’m happy that I have been an inspiration. 🙂 Wishing you a great 2017!!!

  • Reply Tamara January 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    What a wonderful Christmas gift from your mom! I want six dates!
    And I’m glad it was a good year for you. The deaths and the election were jarring, and made people feel.. imbalanced. My year was high and low but ultimately on a personal level – I wouldn’t say it sucked!
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    • Reply Sonya January 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Yes, I’m happy that we got six dates for Christmas. And we haven’t wasted any time in using them. We have already gone on two dates this year.

  • Reply Mary January 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Those Gluten free cookies must have been delicious. Happy New Year Sonja! I have to say 2016 was a hard year for me, not because of Prince dying, I went through a lot of personal things that made life difficult. I’m happy to say things started turning around in November and now I’m happier than ever. Life is what you make it!
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    • Reply Sonya January 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Those cookies are really good 🙂 I’m glad your year started turning around. I’m hoping that you continue to make the best of life in 2017! 🙂

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