remembering 2016 | anti-bucket list

2016 anti bucket list
photo by Chelsea Laine Francis

I can't believe it's already time for me to write this post! Last year's anti-bucket list surprised me by being one of my favorite ways to look back on the year. As someone who's constantly setting goals, I love that this is an opportunity to see what I accomplished with and without explicitly setting out to do so. 2016 had some extreme lows, both personally and for the world, but putting this list together has helped me see the light and love as well.

In 2016, I...

♥ Completed 49 out of 60 monthly small goals (compared to last year's 42!)

♥ Published 171 blog posts (and counting! Got 2-3 more next week coming at ya!) and recorded 46 podcast episodes

♥ Had an extremely successful year professionally and started working from home

♥ Did a fun springtime sweethearts shoot with Dago, photographed by Chelsea of course

♥ Took care of my sweet man for 5+ months while he couldn't walk due to a ruptured Achilles' tendon

♥ Emceed Thrive Blogger Conference

♥ Was the Maid of Honor in my bestie's wedding

♥ Showed four different visiting friends around Austin

♥ Took my mom antiquing in both Fredricksburg for Mother's Day and Round Top for her birthday

♥ Went to the farmer's market

♥ Took creative workshops like brush lettering, floral painting, and vision board making

♥ Watercolor-painted (and mailed!) so many Valentine's cards

♥ Re-did our guest bathroom

♥ Got highlights for the first time, later bleached all my hair, and got new glasses

♥ Danced my butt off at Kacey Musgraves, Carly Rae Jepsen, Adele, Into It. Over It., and The World Is A Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid to Die

♥ Watched 15 movies in theatres, so many Netflix documentaries, and way way way too many TV shows

♥ Listened to Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper approximately two thousand times

♥ Reached 5k followers on Instagram

♥ Was published in The Heart Mag with a piece about loving your body in the summertime

♥ Bought a really beautiful couch (and said goodbye to my beloved old one)

♥ Worked with some incredible brands, both big and small

♥ Hosted a shopping night at ModCloth, and then later spoke on a panel there about size inclusion in the fashion industry

♥ Helped style a photo shoot for Pieceology Vintage



 Voted in both local and national elections

♥ Donated to causes that are important to my heart

♥ Learned my Why and how to Own It

♥ Consumed so many brunches, tacos, and margaritas

♥ Deepened my friendships + began kindling the flame of new ones

♥ Felt more confident than ever before about who I am and what I'm meant to do

What. A. Year. I feel so ready to take on the next one, especially after writing all of this down. If you've never done an anti-bucket list, I highly encourage it. You may not think you accomplished much this year, but I think you'll be surprised, too, by how much you have to celebrate.

P.S. Stay tuned for a word of the year link-up on January 2 and the first monthly small goals link-up of 2017 on January 9! I would LOVE to have you join in the fun with your own goals!

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