It started off rocky as I was laid off, but quickly recovered a month later and got a job doing the same thing. The only thing that I want to accomplish is getting something done I’m proud of. I helped finished the redesigned website and build pipelines and now onto bigger things like social media, streaming, and be part of special events. I’m thankful for the flexible schedule since I can work at home, most of the time, and use lunch to workout, which I do 5-6 days a week. My weight is still the same around 200, but I’m leaner, so at least I look average. but hopefully I can drop a few more pounds.
There were two main events I attended in 2016 were #SHRM16 and Game 5 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Nationals. #SHRM16 is a big event for me since it was in D.C. and was going to see the other bloggers begin. I was disappointed some didn’t come to the conference for various reasons, but it was still a great time. The best part was Sunday Night when most, I saw, wore Golden State Warriors jerseys because Game 7 was on the same day as the official first day of #SHRM16. I met with the other bloggers and most wanted the Warriors to win, only to be devastated with the LeBron block and the Kyrie Irving 3 that propelled the Cavs win the Championship.
Another event that I won’t forget was Game 5 not because of the game (spoiler alert: Nats lost), but it was the first time it was a real community among Nats fans and a feeling that this is a sports town. Although we had different thoughts about the game, everyone agreed Metro sucks and united all fans, hence the #NatsRide hashtag blowing up. I hope it’s a sign of things to come for not only the Nats, but other DC sports teams.
I want to say I wish I did more blogging this year, but with other commitments, it took time to adjust and also all the bloggers and tweets basically speak what I was going to say. Luckily, next year gave me some ideas on what to write about.
Two stories that dominated 2016 were the Presidential Elections and the numerous celebrity deaths in 2016 that not entertain us, but were cultural figures that helped shaped our country. I’ll be honest, I know most of the celebrities, but I don’t have the strong adoration like others have with Muhammad Ali, John Glenn, Prince, Arnold Palmer, David Bowie, and more recently, Carrie Fisher, though they were significant in our lives. I view all these significant deaths and the Elections as a sign to test the meddle of the human spirit. I understand why people were drained and want this year to be over. However, we’ll see if we follow the tracks those people set so we can use it in the next 4-8 years.
I don’t know what to expect in 2017. The only main event in 2017, for me, is the Virginia Governor’s race that could set the agenda of other states in the next two years. Maybe, going to New Orleans for #SHRM17, but that’s not a certainty. Everything is up in the air with this new administration and it should scare some, including myself. If 2016 was a bad year, I don’t know what to expect in 2017. That’s where people are worried.