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2016 Was So Epic This Is How I Wrap It Up With A Bow

Hey Cuties,

New Year’s Eve is in three days and I am excited about rolling over into a new calendar year.  2016 has been incredible for me.  I experienced a lot of first and checked off several bucket list items. Some things I didn’t even have on my bucket list but were more than bucket list worthy.  Thank you for joining me on this epic journey of “action”.

I love doing a year in review because I’ve forgotten about a lot of things in the first two quarter of the year.  I get to see my growth, my hard work and my accomplishments.  I get a chance to relive these moments from the year.  These are my top ten moments of 2016 in no particular order.

#1 I was a model; I did my little thang on the catwalk thanks to Runway Moms for a Cause.  I had two custom garments made just for my person.

2016 year in review

#1 Model

#2 I attended the United State of Women it was an inspiring day filled with the Who’s Who from every single category. I was in the room with Oprah and FLOTUS Michelle Obama at the same time. I was also in the room with POTUS Barack Obama, *faints* and Shonda Rhimes, and Billie Jean King and more.

Oprah Michelle Obama United State of Women 2016 year in review

#2 United State of Women

#3 I resolved my Daddy Issues, this was a personal achievement that should have been on my list but it simply was not.  I must admit, my kids pushed me to deal. They kept asking about my Dad and so I took them to meet him for the first time.

2016 year in review

#3 Resolving my Daddy Issues

#4 I covered Essence Music Festival *bucket list* MimiCuteLips had the honor and pleasure of covering the festival as media during the 4th of July weekend. Geek! I was so proud.

Lynn Whitfield Essence Festival 2016 year in review

Essence Festival 2016

#5 I went to New Orleans for the first time.  I had an epic 5 days full of fun with my love and lots of celebs.  Babe and I have talked about going for many years.  This year we finally made it and we took it all in.  We ate, shopped and enjoyed the culture.

2016 year in review

#5 New Orleans

#6 I became a St. Jude Ambassador, St. Jude Children’s Children’s Research Hospital invited me down to Memphis, Tennessee for a full weekend.  I toured the hospital, I talked to the staff and I did crafts with the patients.  I will forever scream their praises.

2016 year in review

#6 St. Jude Ambassadorship

#7 I attended New York Fashion Week for the first time. *Bucket List* I’ve been adored fashion week for many years. I attended two amazing shoes.

2016 year in review

#7 New York Fashion Week

#8 Going to the White House to cover FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s Tribal Youth Ambassadors Award Program was at the top of my bucket list. I’ve been trying to get to the White House since the Obama’s took office. After 7 years and 11 months I finally made it.

2016 year in review

#8 White House

#9 Interviewing Denzel & Pauletta Washington is bucket list worthy although it wasn’t on my bucket list. Covering more red carpet events was on the list. Perhaps this comes with the territory. *bucket list* This is a Hollywood A Lister and the man that a million woman across 5 generations swoon over.

2016 year in review

#9 Interviewing Denzel Washington

#10 I spoke at the Girl Scout Conference on Leadership & Inclusion.  I wanted to speak at some point, I didn’t know how or when but the opportunity presented itself this year and I said yes. Because Year of Yes told me I should.

2016 year in review

#10 Girl Scout Panel

I had things I wanted to accomplish and did. I had things I wanted to accomplish and I didn’t. I also allowed life to happen to me a bit and amazing opportunities fell into my life. I’m thankful for the good and the bad.  I’m looking forward to kicking more butts and checking off more bucket list items in 2017.

What did you love the most about 2016? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Join the discussion

  1. Alli Smith

    What a fun look back at 2016! So glad you were able to check off so many things on your bucket list. I had some exciting adventures in 2016 and am looking forward to 2017. Happy New Year!

  2. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    This year was FABULOUS for you and I’m so excited for you! As much fun as the other things were, I have to admit, my favorite was working through things as much as you could to be around your dad. Family is everything, even if they’re not perfect and sometimes downright hellacious. I always say my family puts the fun in dysfunctional! Can’t wait to read more from you in the coming new year!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Jacqui. You are so right, at the end of the day my greatest accomplishment was resolving my Daddy issues and working on a relationship with him.

  3. Ayanna

    You definitely had an awesome year. Congrats on all your accomplishments!!! Fo me 2016 was a year of a lot of self discovery. I had a few bucket list items checked off too that I wasn’t aware was even on my bucket list.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Ayanna. Self discovery is big, some of the fun is not even knowing these items were on your bucket list until you experience them.

  4. Paula Schuck

    You are absolutely beautiful! I always love to see what outfit you’ll be wearing in your photos. Even when you’re not doing a fashion post, your looks are still always on point.

  5. Jeanette

    You most defiantly did have an epic year! I love reading all these posts about reflecting over what you did the last year! I think that it makes us more grateful for what we have.

  6. Kemkem

    Absolutely fabulous year you had! Good for you. I hope it keeps on for 2017! I absolutely loved that outfit in picture 7. Very dope indeed. Congratulations are in order 🙂 and l know Denzel was a major highlight..haha!

  7. Carissa

    Congratulations on your awesome year! Its been so fun reading along this year!

  8. Heather

    It looks like you grew a lot over this past year. Good for you for making incredible memories and dealing with things that are easier to avoid!

  9. Chrissy

    It looks like you had a great 2016, your blog posts are great! I’m hoping to have a better 2017 myself.

  10. Destany

    Dang, you had a banner 2016! I would’ve been flabbergasted at just interviewing Denzil and Pauletta Washington, but you did so much more this year, Kudos to you 🙂

  11. lisa

    It looks like 2016 was an amazing year for you. Happy New Year and I hope 2017 is just as good to you!

  12. Wendy

    Wow! You had a full and fun year for sure! I love that you got to travel so much, and meet so many wonderful people, like Michelle, Oprah, and Obama. I love that you also settled your thing with your Dad. Its so important! I hope your 2017 is just as wonderful as 2016 has been to you!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Wendy, I did a lot of travel this year. I met a lot of incredible people and I reconnected with my Dad. I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring.

  13. Chubskulit Rose

    Your self confidence exudes in every post and photos you have in your blog. It is so inspiring.

  14. Pam

    Sounds like you had an epic year. I remember visiting NOLA for the first time. It was an awesome experience.

  15. Lisa Favre

    Glad to hear that your 2016 was a success!! All the best to you for 2017! Hope it’s filled with just as many (or more!) accomplishments.

  16. erinlivelovelaugh

    You had an amazing year! Even if you didn’t quite yet accomplish everything you wanted to, there is always next year. By the way, I love the vest you wore to the award program at the White House.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Erin. I believe in carrying over my dreams from one year to another as needed. I’m looking forward to 2017. My vest came from Target.

  17. KenyaRae

    Girl you had a rock star year! I have enjoyed watching every bit of it to! such an inspiration! Heres to an even better 2017~

  18. Sarah Bailey

    Wow you have had a dream like 2016 – what a year and definitely some memories made that you will treasure for a lifetime I am sure.

  19. Sara

    Wow, what a year you have had! I love the outfit that was made just for you! You are rocking that pink. You had so many amazing experiences this year, I can only imagine how far 2017 will take you!

  20. ricci

    Love this recap!! What a great year!! can’t wait to see what you do next year!!

  21. Angelic Sinova

    Sounds like you had a great 2016! Wow, attending the United State of Women is just AMAZING! Here’s hoping for an even better 2017!

  22. Jeanine

    Sounds like a pretty awesome 2016! I’m sure 2017 will be just as awesome if not more for you. I look forward to following along.

  23. Kim

    You met a lot of great people in 2016. You saw the first lady and Oprah! so amazing. I love that cape dress

  24. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    Wow, what an amazing year. To be in the room with Mrs. Obama…honey, i would have been beside myself with glee!

  25. Ashleigh

    It looks like 2016 was your year and I’m so happy for you! Especially being able to resolve family issues, that’s so important especially when you have children. I can’t wait to be able to go to NOLA and Essence Fest myself. Hope 2017 is even better!

  26. Jonna

    You really did your thing in 2016, Mimi! I have the dopest blogger friends – you all inspire me so much. Proud of you girl!

  27. Elle Em

    2016 was an amazing year. I loved being able to follow your journey online. I wish you the best this year! Much more success is coming!!!

  28. Donna

    You had an awesome year! Especially that First Lady moment and covering Essence! Cheers to 2017!

  29. T. Espinoza

    2016 was epic for you indeed! Cheers to 2017 being even more spectacular 🙂

  30. Paula Bendfeldt Diaz

    Sounds like you had a fantastic year! This is a very impressive list of accomplishment and wonderful adventures. Hope that 2017 brings you many great things!

  31. Rebecca Swenor

    It looks like you had an epic year for sure. I wish I had done half of what you did. I love the model picture the garment looks amazing on you. Being in the same room with so many amazing people had to be an excellent experience. I really have so much respect for you being an ambassador for St. Jude. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences.

  32. Tanya Barnett

    I loved this post so much! You were doing it girly! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you in 2017!

  33. LASHONDA WOODARD

    WOW!!!

    It’s safe to say you have had a pretty epic year!! I cant wait to see how this year will turn out for you.

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