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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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.
Alli Smith says
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!
Thanks Alli. Cheers to a new year.
Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom says
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!
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.
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.
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.
Paula Schuck says
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.
Thanks Paula, I love fashion. I love that there aren’t any rules.
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.
I agree with you Jeanette. Reflecting is necessary for growth.
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!
Thanks Kem, I’m going to make sure I keep it going in 2017. Denzel is the biggest to date for my life. lol
Congratulations on your awesome year! Its been so fun reading along this year!
Thanks for sharing the journey with me Carissa.
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!
Heather I grew so much in so many different ways.
It looks like you had a great 2016, your blog posts are great! I’m hoping to have a better 2017 myself.
Thanks, Chrissy. Cheers to the both of us for 2017.
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 🙂
Thanks Destany, it was a dream come true for sure. Cheers to 2017.
It looks like 2016 was an amazing year for you. Happy New Year and I hope 2017 is just as good to you!
Thanks Lisa, it was. Cheers to a dope 2017.
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!
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.
Chubskulit Rose says
Your self confidence exudes in every post and photos you have in your blog. It is so inspiring.
OMG Rose, thank you so much. I want to be an inspiration to women to live the life they want.
Sounds like you had an epic year. I remember visiting NOLA for the first time. It was an awesome experience.
Thanks, Pam. NOLA has a feel all of its own.
Lisa Favre says
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.
Thanks Lisa, cheers to an awesome 2017.
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.
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.
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~
Thanks KenyaRae, cheers to 2017.
Sarah Bailey says
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.
I really did Sarah. That means I have to work twice as hard this year.
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!
Thanks Sara, I’m looking forward to whatever 2017 has to offer.
Love this recap!! What a great year!! can’t wait to see what you do next year!!
Thanks Ricci, I can’t wait to see myself.
Angelic Sinova says
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!
I really did, it was magical in so many ways. Cheers to 2017.
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.
Thanks Jeanine, I can’t wait to see what amazing things take place.
You met a lot of great people in 2016. You saw the first lady and Oprah! so amazing. I love that cape dress
I really did Kim, it was epic. Thanks Kim.
Latoya @ Life and a Budget says
Wow, what an amazing year. To be in the room with Mrs. Obama…honey, i would have been beside myself with glee!
Latoya, I totally was both times.
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!
Ashleigh, that is by far the most important of them all.
You really did your thing in 2016, Mimi! I have the dopest blogger friends – you all inspire me so much. Proud of you girl!
Thanks Jonna, we inspire each other. 😉
Elle Em says
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!!!
Thanks Elle, all the best to you in the new year.
You had an awesome year! Especially that First Lady moment and covering Essence! Cheers to 2017!
The first lady is such black girl magic.
T. Espinoza says
2016 was epic for you indeed! Cheers to 2017 being even more spectacular 🙂
Spectacular indeed, thanks.
Paula Bendfeldt Diaz says
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!
Thanks Paula, cheers to a dope new year.
Rebecca Swenor says
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.
Thanks so much Rebecca. St. Jude really makes it easy for me to be an ambassador.
Tanya Barnett says
I loved this post so much! You were doing it girly! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you in 2017!
Thanks Tanya. I appreciate my village that keeps me going.
LASHONDA WOODARD says
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.
Thanks Lashonda, I can’t wait to turn this year upside down.