I’ll admit. This will be a difficult one to write. 2016 was hard, to say the least. I faced a lot of difficult things and swam to the surface in one piece. I’m still swimming. That’s all I can do, really. Just keep swimming.
I learned a lot about myself this year and there’s a quote I like to attribute with that:
"Your journey has molded you for the greater good. It was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time." - Asha Tyson
My roommate was underemployed and unemployed for a lot of 2015, so in January it became apparent that we could not renew our pricey lease together. I wasn’t sure where I would go. I began apartment hunting and thinking about the future. I began entertaining the idea of purchasing a condo or house in Austin. I had the down payment saved up and set aside in savings, originally intended for graduate school tuition. But with the housing market in Austin the way it was, it seemed that a house should come before a Masters degree. And I wanted to stay in Austin, so it made sense. I was intimidated by the prospect of purchasing a home, but it made sense.
I also had my first bike accident in January 2016. It was rather stupid how it happened. It was misty and the roads were wet from previous rains. My team stopped at a gas station to refuel and when we set out to head back, my back wheel caught a patch of oil and spun out from under me. I hit the ground hard and ended up with a numb right leg. Unable to ride, the gas station convenience store manager got me some ice until my dad could drive down to pick me up. I did not have my cell phone on me at the time, so I learned a valuable lesson to always bring my phone with me when I ride. I didn’t break any bones, but I had a large hematoma on my right thigh. It hurt for quite a while. Ouch.