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Happy New Year! 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! 2016 was one heck of a year, and I am ready to start anew. This is going to be the year of “Holy Moly!” This year, 2017, is going to be the real humdinger. I didn’t think anything could be bigger than 2016, but I believe that 2017 will be the one that tops it.

I hope everyone’s year was as productive and exciting as mine. I know we lost a lot of amazing people in 2016 and we had to go through the insane election season, but that’s all over now. It’s a new year and a new day. We have big things in store for us and a lot to do.

Happy New Year! 2017

However, even though we’ve said our goodbyes and good riddance to 2016, it’s healthy to reflect and ponder the experiences and emotions we had. Here’s a quick recap of my 2016 and my plans for 2017.

My Proudest Moments

  • It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was living in a dorm in Biloxi, Mississippi with a 19-year old roommate studying for the biggest test of my life. Passing Comptia’s Security+ certification test was definitely my proudest moment of 2016.
  • I received two Air Force awards. They are very minor, but everyone has to start somewhere. I was awarded the “Sharp Airman Award” for looking on-point in my uniform during my orientation at my first PCS. I was also given the “Airman of the Quarter” award for my work accomplished during the 3rd quarter of 2016.
  • I finished my CDCs in record time and was able to enroll at the local community college for the fall semester. I took two courses – Human Anatomy/Physiology I & Human Nutrition and earned A’s in both! This was a big deal for me because these pre-reqs play a huge role in getting into nursing school.
  • Scoring above a 90 on my PT test was a huge self-confidence boost in 2016, and it guarantees that I won’t have to test again until October 2017. I was terrified of getting below a 90 for fear of feeling like I had failed myself. This was a huge goal and I feel awesome for accomplishing it.
  • Mike and I paid off a little over $15000 of our debt. While that may not seem like much, this pay-off knocked out a couple of little debts and helped open up a little extra cash flow.
  • I started investing for my retirement. Military members are offered a 401k in the form of a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). I’ve been investing about 18% every month and have already reached the $2500 mark.

Other Significant Moments in 2016

  • Graduating technical school and becoming an airman in the operational Air Force. In March, I officially moved into the “real” Air Force and began serving my country. This was a key moment in 2016. A new beginning.
  • Moving to Colorado. This brought one of the biggest changes for Mike and me. Colorado is drastically different than Missouri. I never thought I would live in a state quite like this. In some ways, it’s wonderful, but it can also be awful. We’ve had to change some of our lifestyle choices to adapt.
  • Choosing to pursue the NECP. When I made the choice to pursue the Nurse’s Enlisted Commissioning Program, everything changed. My goals and lifestyle choices changed to accommodate college.
  • Applying for a home loan. I actually just did this yesterday, and it was terrifying. I’m so thankful that {past me} was thinking about {present me} and kept all of our financial records, because we needed all of it to apply. Despite what everyone says about home ownership being a total hassle and waste of money, there is nothing Mike and I have wanted more since we got together.

January 2017 Plans

  • We need to find a house. STAT. We’ve taken the first step by applying for the loan. Once our mortgage broker gives us the 90% letter, we’ll be able to put an offer in on a house. Hopefully we can close on a home by mid-February. Our last day in the apartment is March 11, so we are on a serious time crunch.
  • We need to purge. Last March, I threw away so much junk. Since we’re moving again, it’s time to start fresh. We’ll be tossing several items out that we held onto during our last move.
  • Starting my next set of pre-reqs. My first class starts in late January. It’s going to be stressful, considering we’ll have house stuff going on and this will be the first math class I’ve taken in six years!
  • Mike’s Air Force stuff. Mike will have a lot of stuff going on regarding his possible future with the Air Force. It’s going to be a key month for him. We should know by the end of January he has a chance on going active-duty.
  • Detox. Detox. Detox. I have been in full-holiday mode since passing my PT test. I feel and look gross (bloated, chubby, squishy, dirty). January will be the official start of cleaning out my system and exercising more. I will be drinking a lot of detox juices.

I hope this update finds you well. It has been an amazing year and there is more good to come in 2017. We must remember to keep our chins up and be grateful for all that we have! 

Good luck and cheers!

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Everything is About to Change.

  1. Congrats on all of your achievements in 2016! Sounds like it was a very productive year for you. Good luck on finding a house, it’s a stressful process it will be so worth it in the end. I also really want to do a juice cleanse or something along those lines this month because the holiday diet didn’t do me any favors lol

    1. For sure! Thanks for the encouragement! I’m sure it’s going to be a crazy 3 months, but at least will be in something we can call our own.

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