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Looking Back on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Good bye 2016 and hello to 2017.

I have to admit while 2016 was a difficult year, I learned quite a bit about myself in this tumultuous year. I have had to learn how to manage working a day job as well as lead a website and lead the operations for a clothing line. This means my attention was split at all times (which wasn’t always good for output). I want to learn from the missteps I made to become a more efficient worker. It is like they always say:

Don’t work harder, work smarter

Another lesson I had to learn was to listen to my body more. If I don’t have the energy to complete something correctly, I need to take a day to myself to recharge. The idea of working yourself into the ground sounds amazing. You are ACHIEVING so much with this mindset but your body is also critical to your success as well. In my line of work, I get to mingle with executive class employees within my organization. The important tidbit I learned from that is keeping your body and mind fresh is essential to reaching the goals you set for yourself. I am promising to be good to myself way more than I was in 2016.

I am also learning how to grieve which is a weird thing to admit publicly. Most of the time, I try to hide how I feel when things occur in my life. My father had surgery back in 2013 and for the latter half of 2013 I was a messed emotionally. Only my close friends knew about that and I pretty much faked it till I made it that year. Recently, I lost a member of my Cove Alpa team which caught me off guard. I had to sit down and embrace the sudden flush of emotions I was feeling. This wasn’t something I could brush off easily like I would in the past. Before Arty passed, I was able to get some of his art pieces up for an event. I have to say having his family and friends see his work in addition to selling some pieces made the experience worth it. While he is no longer with us, his star still shines bright for all of the good he has done for countless people.

This year I want to provide more content and partner with more people to share engaging pieces. I also want Cove Alpa to be apart of more events and festivals to get more people out there. It means I have to be more consistent as a leader and make sure I keep building/maintaining my network of peers. Taking the time to chat with my team and see how they are doing. To do more to bring more to the table. 2017 is all about learning and growing.

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Jack Canfield

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