The Year of Loss

2016 was definitely a year to remember….or forget.  Whatever your highs and lows may have been, it’s a blessing to see another year.  It is a time for new beginnings and an opportunity to reflect on all the possibilities for the future.  At this point, many people are struggling to maintain all the “New Year, New Me” promises they have made to themselves.  Attainable yes, but not without addressing a few other things first.  To have a positive year, you must first rid yourself of the negatives.

There are many times where we make the mistake of adding things to our lives to become better people.   Work out more.  Study more.  Spend more time with our significant other.  Yet we rarely take the time to ask ourselves, “What do I need to leave behind? What habits am I carrying that are weighing me down?”  “What things am I holding on to that are keeping me from becoming my best self?”




After realizing that I was constantly failing to reach my goals, I started to think differently about how I would achieve my “New Year, New Me”.  The problem was not that my goals were unattainable.  The problem was that I had not let go of the things that were holding me back. The things that I thought were a struggle of the past were still affecting my plans for a successful future. Things like procrastination.  Insecurity.  Inconsistency. Ungratefulness.

So, this year I encourage each of you to examine yourself and your goals.  Although I’m sure this outside of everything we’ve been taught, I am going to ask all of you to make this your year of loss.  Lose whatever it is that may be holding you back.  Lose the attitude.  Lose the need to control.  Lose the fear. Lose the inability to show empathy.   Lose laziness.  Just lose it!  Make 2017 your year of loss so that you may gain all that lies ahead!


Just a Platform: The Year that Was- Just a Platform 2013 News Review (2017 Jan 22) Retrieved from

Written by Michaela Phelps, Staff Writer #MyGirlSquad


Girly girl. Thrift junkie. Lover of life, God, and laughter. Professional over thinker. Straight shooter. Blog link:


5 thoughts on “The Year of Loss

  1. Yes! The year of loss & reevaluation was 2016 for me. Longest year ever.
    I had to throw out a couple more things at the start of 2017 as well. I’m so ready to celebrate this spring and move forward!


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