2016 – Best Year Ever (lol)

I’m sitting here at my home in Wellington sweating, because the material that lives beneath the plaster shell I have on my leg (aka, my cast) doesn’t seem to be able to breathe, and the heat that’s radiating from my left calf muscle is permeating my entire body.

The only thing that’s hotter than being lame is being a lame that sweats. And the only thing that’s hotter than being a lame that sweats is being a lame excreting sweat that kinda smells like Christmas ham. I can hear your ‘Dayuuum Giiiirl’ from here.

Don’t worry. I am considering getting on Tinder while I’m in a cast for 8 weeks, so you may be able to find me there. Any ideas for a witty bio – don’t hesitate to get in touch! But make sure you keep it PG. I will judge you. I will find you. And I will try my utmost kick you with my good leg while maintaining precision balance on my crutches. Check my latest Google search, and you’ll find at the top of the list, ‘crutch stunts’, so you know I’m serious. By the way, make sure you take a breath before you say ‘crutch stunts’ out loud. Bit of a tongue twister, that.

I digress.

You may have clicked this post with the expectation that you’d be treated to a bit of a negative indulgence.

After all, 2016 will forever be the year of the Orlando shooting, the Nice massacre, the Syrian crisis.

2016 has been coined the ‘celebrity death epidemic’. To name but a few, we lost David Bowie, Leondard Cohen, Harper Lee, Muhammed Ali, Prince, Patty Duke, Gene Wild, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bunny Walters and George Michael with only 5 days of 2016 left!

We had outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, Cholera, the measles..

2016 was the year that will be remembered by some as.. How do I say this diplomatically.. Ahem, “the year the world may have taken a political step in the wrong direction” (*cough, BREXIT, cough TRUMP*).

Here in NZ, we had the the Kaikoura earthquake, the never-ending housing crisis, Brian Tamaki.

And, whatever your stance, 2016 was the year that took Harambe.


Now onto the personal stuff.. Which starts with a WARNING: little known fact ahead.

My 2016 had an interesting start after my boyfriend of 6 years and I broke up. After a good friend faced a demon. After one of my best friends from Uni passed away.

Due to the nature of the hustle, my 2016 has been full of uncertainty. Worry. Stress. Anxiety. And I think I discovered what it feels like for me to hit rock bottom.

This year, I found out what it means to grieve. To cry. To hurt. I found out what it means to feel helpless. Lonely. Worthless. Manipulated. I discovered how cold the world can seem.

As mentioned in my last post, snapping my achilles just over a week ago might have given me one final reason to completely write off 2016 as a year that just needs to get done already.

But I refuse.

After all. 2016 was also the year I found out what determination really is, how resilience really works and why gratitude is a state we really should exist in.

After-all. 2016 was also the year I featured in magazines. The year I was lucky enough to fly in a helicopter. The year I took a massive risk and succeeded when I hosted a Monday Hustle re-launch party.

It was also a year I became closer to my family, closer to my friends, and the year I met the perfect match in myself.

Yes, in some ways, 2016 was a year of challenge. But despite the tough stuff, or perhaps because of it, 2016 will forever be the year that allowed me to discover what value it is I can provide the world, what value it is I want to provide the world, and what success really looks like for me.

It is only because I’ve lived 2016, with both the ups and downs, that I’m ready to take on 2017 armed with the most know-how, sass and direction I’ve ever possessed before.

And I’m sure that when you think back on your 2016 – even if, at times it felt sucky – you too will innately know what lessons you needed to learn, what challenges you needed to overcome, and what blessings existed in all the storms.

Thank you for being one of, if not the biggest positive of my 2016. It is by being here with me through it all that you’ve made this a year I’ll never forget – for all the right reasons.

Have a wonderful summer break, Hustlers! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us all – but for now – cheers to an epic year just been – and to the even epic-er year ahead.

Now – bio ideas, anyone? Maybe just the lyrics to this song..


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