Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a happy holiday and are enjoying the week leading up to the end of the year. I’ve been thinking a lot about this year and how its changed me, some things for the better and some for the worse. One thing I know for sure is that I learned a lot this year and I wouldn’t change anything about that. Here are some of the things I learned in 2016.

  1. I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought I was. This year definitely tested me in many ways, with school and the breakup and starting a new job I was pushed to my limits and I was able to come out of every situation pretty well in my opinion. I’m stronger than I think and this year proved it to me.
  2. I’m smarter than I give myself credit for. Never in my life did I think that I was going to graduate nursing school. Never in my life did I think I was going to pass the NCLEX on the first try, let alone in 75 questions. I proved to myself this year that I can do anything I give my all and that I’m going to someway, somehow come out on top.
  3. Heartbreak SUCKS but love is amazing. I’m lucky enough to have known what it’s like to be loved. I’m also unlucky enough to have lost that love. This year showed me how much love and loss has changed my life. I’m a better person for it (at least I hope) but it was a bumpy road getting here.
  4. Being a nurse isn’t like what it is on TV. It’s stressful, overwhelming, tiring, nerve wracking, but so so so rewarding when things go right. Nothing ever is going to go right but I learned (and I’m still learning) how to use my skills to make sure that those things that are starting to go wrong turn around for the better. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies like you see on TV and in the movies.
  5. Sometimes being alone isn’t all that bad. It’s nice having your own space sometimes. Don’t get me wrong being around people is great but when you really need that quiet time don’t steer away from it, embrace it.
  6. Your friends and family will always be your backbone. Keep your friends and family close, you never know when you’re really going to need them to keep you stable. When my life felt like everything was crumbling it was my best friends and family who picked up the pieces and helped me stay strong. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

So there you have it, some of the many things that I learned in 2016. Fingers crossed that 2017 has a lot in store for me and that it’ll be my best year yet. I’m going to stay strong, keep my head held high, and hopefully ring in the new year with a special someone (here’s hoping!).