Thursday, December 29, 2016

Good-bye 2016, Hello 2017!

This year has flown by and I hate to say it, but I'm looking forward to 2016 being over and starting anew in 2017.  This year has been so hard for so many people and I am no exception.  I cannot wait for the new year!

Luckily, I got to end 2016 on a good note and spent some major quality time with my family for Christmas.  Our family rotates locations every year and every year a different family hosts the festivities.  This year, my brother hosted our Christmas party in Las Vegas, NV and our party theme was literally "Las Vegas". 

Y'all my family goes all out for Christmas!  We always have outfit changes, both group and solo skits, and games galore.  For this year's Vegas theme we had people dressed up as Elvis, the Jabbawockeez, Criss Angel, a bride and groom complete with bachelorette party, etc.  For the games we had a hula hoop competition and Minute To Win It type games (i.e. moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without touching or having it fall, moving as many skittles from one plate to another in one minute with your mouth and a straw, pencil balance and catch, etc.) along with our usual Apples to Apples, HedBanz, Pie Face Showdown and card games.  We had so much fun that everyone was up until 3:00 AM the next day.

My everything
 
Our "small" family gathering. And this wasn't everyone!
 
Jabbawockeez with Baby Wockee
 
After the family Christmas festivities, my parents and I got to spend some awesome quality time visiting Hoover Dam.  None of us had ever been there before so it was extra special to experience it with them.  After we got back from Hoover Dam, we headed out to dinner with my sister, brother-in-law, and baby niece one last time before I headed home the next day.  It was a fantastic trip and the perfect way to bring December to a close.
 

Hoover Dam
 
Last dinner with the fam

Now that I'm back home, I cannot wait to get back into my normal routine.  Typically, I post about my goals for the new year however my birthday post basically outlined everything that I want to focus on in 2017 so I feel like that would just be redundant.  However, I do want to share one other tidbit with you.

Some of you may have noticed that there's been quite a change to my sidebar and many of my ambassador buttons have disappeared.  In an effort to stay true to my goals for 2017 I decided not to renew most of my ambassadorships next year.  Don't get me wrong, I loved each and every opportunity to be an ambassador for amazing companies that I truly believe in and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world.  I just feel that with my focus next year, I can't fully dedicate the time and effort that I feel that an ambassador should and what those companies deserve.  If I can't give my 100% to an ambassador role, then I don't feel that it's fair for me to take a spot from someone else who can.  That doesn't mean that I love those companies and products any less.  I'll continue to support and promote every single one of them as I truly believe in their products as well as their mission statements, philosophies and approach.  I'll just be doing so in a more unofficial capacity going forward.  Who knows, if all goes well and I feel I've accomplished everything I set out to do in 2017 maybe I'll decide to serve as an ambassador again in 2018.  Time will tell.

How was your Christmas?  Any fun plans for New Year's Eve?  What will your 2017 goals and focus be?