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[personal profile] eleanorjane
I feel really kind of guilty, in some ways - 2016 was such a dire year for so many people, and yet mine was... pretty great. As my housemate says: "Out there, 2016 sucked. Inside this house, it's been a good year."

So, my 2016:
- I started the year working for a community services non-profit employed through an agency. They liked me and wanted to keep me, so at the end of February they put me on a contract, which was gratifying.

- At the end of March, my partner moved out and dumped me, in a not particularly elegant way. The breakup was painful, which wasn't very surprising as he was not a communicative man even at the best of times. However, I have always done just fine on my own, and after an Easter weekend of wallowing at my parents' house, I was pretty much fine. We have remained cordial albeit distant friends.

- This prompted me to make an offer to G, one of my closest and oldest friends - G had split with his long-time partner at the end of 2015, and was visiting family in another state for six weeks before returning to Brisbane to find somewhere to live. (The week before Easter was a bad week - G left for six weeks, my partner dumped me and moved out, and my only real friend at work went overseas for three months. I felt a bit abandoned!) So I said to G, "well, I've got this spare room empty..." and got back "...I'll be back in next weekend." \o/

- So my domestic situation is pretty damn great. G is a great friend and I absolutely love living with him. And as the absolute icing on the cake, G is also the only person I know who is as keen about (tabletop roleplaying) gaming as I am, and thus has been running a frigging amazing one-on-one Exalted game for me for the last eight months. SO HAPPY. 😍

- Meanwhile, in May, I was offered a year-long promotion from August 2016 to August 2017, acting as the team leader for our region's Admin team. There was some awkwardness about how that happened, but basically from August onwards I've been loving my job. I really enjoy leadership, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity -- I had no leadership experience on my resume to date, so this has been very valuable.

So to sum up, in 2016 I: am far happier out of my previous relationship; have acquired an excellent housemate which has also strengthened our friendship even more; am able to access my favourite hobby whenever I want, instead of having to wait for the moons to align; have stepped into a work role I genuinely really enjoy; have significantly strengthened my resume for my next job search.

I sort of feel like I stole all the good fortune everyone else should have had in 2016. Sorry people! *sheepish*

I hope 2017 for you all is as awesome as 2016 was for me.

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Date: 2017-01-08 02:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] niqaeli
You didn't steal anything, and I know I am glad to hear 2016 was good on a personal level for you (even if it does sound like there was also some stress and upheaval along the way).

<3

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Date: 2017-01-08 02:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
I'm so glad things worked out for you after the break-up - that was rough, and it's great you're in a better position now. <3

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Date: 2017-01-08 03:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] musesfool
I'm so glad things are working out for you!

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Date: 2017-01-08 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aphrodite_mine
Aside from the house burning down, 2016 was great for me too!

High five!

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Date: 2017-01-09 01:25 am (UTC)
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (Default)
From: [personal profile] aphrodite_mine
To be totally fair, it was one-half of our house. I hadn't quite moved in yet, so most of the furniture and items I brought to the marriage weren't lost. Still, it was a pretty big wrench in our "where are we going to live" schedule.

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Date: 2017-01-08 05:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] merit
2016 was an average year for me! so I don't think you stole all the goodness.

That's great about the job though. Being given the opportunity to further develop your skills is awesome.

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Date: 2017-01-08 06:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] patchwork_owl
No guilt about being happy! Though I really do feel you there; while 2016 was a total dumpster fire in the larger sense, it was pretty good to me personally overall. I'm in a much better place heading into 2017 than I was heading into 2016, and yeah, I've felt a little awkward there. *fistbump of solidarity*

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Date: 2017-01-08 07:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I'm glad any goodness left in 2016 went *somewhere* useful!

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Date: 2017-01-08 09:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] torachan
That sounds like a great year!

Honestly, 2016 was pretty great for me personally, too. Just the political situation... ;_;

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Date: 2017-01-08 11:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shopfront
Definitely don't feel guilty, I'm yet another person who has had a similar experience. Awesome 2016 personally despite everything catching fire around us. I just like to think it's the universe trying to balance stuff out!

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Date: 2017-01-08 02:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eleanor_lavish
No, I am THRILLED to hear someone had a good 2016! At least there is light SOMEWHERE in the universe (though, as an American, it's mildly frustrating that it's AUSTRALIA. ;)

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Date: 2017-01-08 10:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trascendenza
That's so cool about the leadership position. I've found that gaining skills in that area can really open a lot of doors.

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