2016 has been an incredibly interesting year.

From Brexit to even the everyday moments in our life, many are often encouraged to look ahead rather than to look behind, even more so with the fast approaching new year and its accompanying resolutions. While I do get the sentiment, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes whilst watching the history channel one day:

Disregard for the past will never do us any good. Without it, we cannot know who we truly are.
-Syd Moore

Since the beginning of time, countless people, from war generals of old to businessmen of today, have often relied on past history to make better choices, or in rare cases, even poorer ones. It’s such a strange concept to find yourself reflecting or redoing actions you may have done before when we’re constantly being pushed to focus on the future.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s not important, but in my opinion, one must take both the past and the future in consideration. I believe it’s so important, especially if we want change to begin.

Being a reflective person myself, you can say I tend to look back sometimes, perhaps almost obsessively.

Throughout the years, I’ve been my number one critic and my number one fan.

Self growth can be counterproductive at times, but I feel like I’ve learned more about who I am and the person I want to be.

Take The Chrissy Collective, for instance. Did you know I had TWO failed blogs prior to this one? While some say that “third time’s the charm”, it really isn’t. When I first started this blog, I had no idea it would become this big.

If the me of today told the me of the past that my blog would be doing so well, I would have laughed my ass off. Now, I’m just pretty stunned to see how much I accomplished in just 10 months. I mean, who would have thought I’d be in some of the fashion world’s biggest magazines by the ripe age of 21?

Despite my continuing education, when it comes down to it, looking back helped me get where I am today. I’m a pretty big believer that life is one of the best educators in the world, and you best believe I got taught often and hard. Here are some of the lessons I learned this year:

-I can’t do everything by myself even though I want to.
-Free isn’t always better.
-I can’t please everyone.
-It’s okay to take a break or two every once in a while.
-Planning makes a difference.

How did I realize these things, you ask?

It’s simple: take a look back at your own life, pay attention, and spot the patterns.

For example, I’m known to be a notorious workaholic and it’s true- I work hard to the point where I’m burning myself out. For many years, I’ve been doing this, and boy does it suck.

While I’m capable of being a jack-of-all-trades, I realized that I’m still a human being- one that suffers from terrible back pains, to be more specific. I hate to admit it, but it’s taken me almost 21 years to figure out that I simply can’t do it all, and that there’s no shame with asking someone else for assistance.

With this knowledge, I’m planning on hiring or starting an internship of some sort sometime in the near future. With The Chrissy Collective getting larger, I’m going to need a reliable team who are also reliable friends. Shoot me an email if you’re interested, and we can go from there.

With that being said, what are some things you realized this year? Leave me a comment below- I’d like to hear your own personal growth stories.

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