This year, more so than any 2013-15, has been a lot of ups and downs.

Take my review of 2015 - the only bad thing was my grandma passing. I wouldn't even call my time at NYCM bad. It was kind of funny, I'll never forget it.

In 2016, I spent a good amount of time unchallenged at work. The moments when that was worst, I had job interviews at places I'd much rather have been. They didn't work out.

I didn't travel as much as I'd have liked. When I did, Selena Gomez didn't fall in love with me.

I was breaking weightlifting PRs then suffered a debilitating back injury.

Someone lied about me to the police after I cut them off in traffic. State police tracked me down at my parents' house, scaring my mother as they tried to intimidate me.

But the good outweighs the bad.

The really dull project at work got canceled right before Christmas, causing reassignment for everyone.

I reconnected with friends I'd fallen out of touch with. I appreciate people in my life that moved away more when I do see them.

I'm set to travel more in 2017.

Maybe my deadlift isn't as heavy, but I'm in overall better shape than ever. I found a great personal trainer, whose gym and workouts I look forward to as post-workday therapy. Most people I went to high school with have gotten fat by now.

I spent a summer rowing, figured out I wasn't bad at it, and had a lot of fun.

Job interview failures pushed me to "choose myself" and circle back to my personal brand. I have a stronger vision of where I have to go.

I finally formed my own LLC. A close friend did too. We both scored some freelance work, and things might really take off this next year.

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I'm probably forgetting more on either side. The point is, there was resistance with swings the other way too.

Oh well. Time to go forward. Here's to 2017.