2016 Wrap Up

2016 Wrap Up

It’s recap o’clock in blogging land, so why not do it?!


2016 Wrap Up


2016 Wrap Up



I told you I had no goals, and then realised I was lying about that. I talked about why I don’t care if employers see my social media accounts – basically what I do outside of work is none of their business. I temporarily swapped to food blogger mode with a spicy dipping sauce, then about how I didn’t plan to study again. And then I wondered what blogging does to the amount of deep (aka long) creation we do.



I listed a bunch of things I don’t understand (and still don’t), I watched the new X-Files and wrote about it so that when I can re-watch the entire series (which I scored recently for $50!!) I can see how my perspectives may change, Kelly released a book that made me realise as unlikely as it seems, I am a perfectionist. I tried to express the value of passion in your art, but I wonder if these things are best understood by ourselves only. I tried (badly, again) to explain the reason for the name change on this blog. I still don’t think I’ve quite explained it in a way I like. I showed you the inner workings of what I cart with me every day to work (hint: a lot). I talked about something I rarely do: collaborate, as well as how a boring life helps me write.



I (again) revisited my goals for the year. (Hint, pretty big miss on them!), as well as recounting why it wasn’t hard when I lost some old friends, my apparently somewhat contriversial post about why I don’t like bonuses at work, and about how my sick days look very different to most people’s.



I discussed life and my frustrations, issues I have with shopping for clothes, filmed a little video of my feet, tried to plan a staycation, and finally understood a term that I heard years ago.



The reality of my staycation being a bit sucky happened, I filmed another video (but not of my feet), got deep about how I feel uncomfortable creating at home, then got useful with my emergency car supplies.



I saw the most beautiful sunrise ever, talked about losing a friendย in high school, showed how photos are NOT reality in shopping, and how I finally knew that if I was to study, I have to be in “my” area of expertise, because it just clicks best for me.



I wondered if I could adapt a strange situation from my life into a story, I found out it was 7 years since I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I ranted my ass off about people who judge my life, injured my ankle, talked about the idea of flood days, and reviewed my goals for 2016.



I did my best to turn a horrible day into a good one, by gifting myself a gorgeous notebook, I talked about creating positively and responsibly, and found my word for the year: Reclaim.



I apparently barely blogged in September! But that is my busy time of year at work, so I assume that’s why. I gave a bunch of tips about finding a job, I wrote about acceptance, and found some strange stuff on the internet while off sick.



I brain-dumped like I hadn’t brain-dumped in a long time, enjoyed the beach in the early morning, and started talking aboutย #itsinthebag.



I talked about my treatment for low iron, showed you the inside of my donation for #itsinthebag, made some sarcastic gift tags, created a gift for a friend going on maternity leave, shared with you my bug out bag (and I still haven’t updated the food in it, because lazy), and realised I need to try to be kind to myself as I go through a transition period in my life.



I seem to be a much more playful space this month, because I’ve posted ways for you to waste a lot (LOT!) of time online, a bunch of random photos, and a hand drawn Kmart gift guide.


Phew. 2016 was full on.


22 Replies to “2016 Wrap Up”

  1. What a great year and what a bunch of fabulous posts! Still chuckling over your Kmart Gift Guide post – bloody awesome! lol Merry Christmas Vanessa to you and your family! Best wishes for a fabulous 2017. Min xo #TeamLovinLife

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I’m thinking I need to mock more things with my super awesome drawing skills!

  2. A mixed bunch of posts (and highlights and lowlights) there Vanessa, but I love that you’re ending on that playful note.

    I hope you’ve been able to get some answers re your ailments of this year and you’re now on the track to feeling better more often. xx

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      It does seem that my mood improved with my health, so that’s a good thing!

  3. I have heaps of goals and think I need to write them all down so I can tick them off! Good luck with yours!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      There’s nothing quite like getting to physically tick off a list!

  4. 2016 was a full on year for you Vanessa. Here’s hoping 2017 goes even one better! ๐Ÿ™‚ #teamlovinlife

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      A bit too full on ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Loving your year Vanessa – such wonderful variety in your posts! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and may 2017 be your year. #TeamLovinLife

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Thanks Lyndall!

  6. Sounds like a very busy year Vanessa and I don’t know about you but I’ve probably forgotten half of what happened in my year. I like your month by month reflection. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous 2017.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I think I have forgotten a lot! Have a great 2017 yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ve enjoyed reading along with you Vanessa x

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      And it was great to meet you in person this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I am so ready for 2016 to be over and for a new year to come. I hope a great one awaits for you, happy holidays!

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    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Happy holidays Camila!

  9. I’d forgotten about X-Files at the beginning of the year. How cool was that? Great idea to review your year. There’s always something great that had happened that you have forgotten about, or something not so great that reminds you how far you’ve come.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      It was so good! Now I just need to go back and watch the original series. I’m preparing for some very 90s cringing but apart from that…

  10. Now that is on busy year ! Heres to 2017 and all it brings .

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Too busy for my liking!

  11. You’ve had such a full on year! I’ve loved getting to know you through the blog. bring on 2017!!!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I hope 2017 can be a bit quieter…

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