Reflecting on 2016 and beyond

Did 2016 go as planned?

Hell no. This year has been so different from what I’ve visualized to be in my head. It’s been a good kind of different. I got into my first corporate job and as I was getting into it, I started to learn more about the industry and find my job very meaningful. This year is also a year of giving back to my family who has been constantly giving me the world. I took my mum to Bali, got her to do things she’d never imagined herself doing and let her be her free spirited 21 year old self again. We explored all the secret beaches, trekked on unbeaten paths up to the cliff just for that amazing view…. Mind you she was scared shitless but she was so glad she did it anyway! I’m so glad to see that mum is coming out of her “Mum-shell” and she’s totally game to do anything adventurous with me! From flirting with the cute bartender, to speaking to other travelers and exchanging our experiences and stories with them, waking up early to chase the sun, and many more! I also started supporting my brothers' tuition to help lighten the financial load on this ever expensive education. 

2016 has been a year of good changes and I am embracing it to the fullest!

What aspect of 2016 has made me grow?

There have been so many things that have changed me and made me grow this year. That one thing that shifted so many things in my head was going on a solo trip and moving away from my closest friends and family in Australia and just starting my adult life afresh. 

 I have always traveled with my friends and family and have never been into traveling by myself; it’s something that I was quite reluctant or scared to do. After doing that, I feel like solo traveling and moving out is the most incredible thing I’ve done for my personal development and maximizing the ability to find myself. It made me more excited to travel more by myself and made me more independent.

Scariest moment of 2016?

There were a few moments where I’d be fearful, concerned or worried on things because I was going through so many changes and there were so many things I was unsure about. But if you think about the (most) scariest moment that I had, it would be my grandmother when her health plummeted. I cannot imagine losing a loved one; I care about her so damn much!

Did I have any New Year’s resolution in 2016 and did I keep them this year?

At the beginning of this year, I didn’t quite focus much on keeping resolutions but I did have an intention. It’s not quite a resolution but it’s something I’m putting out to the universe. The intention that I had and had put out really strongly was that I wanted to find strong, independent, fiery, powerful, cool and awesome individual (or people) to hang out with. 

I am proud to say that I have manifested them! I met this awesome individual, we have been friends for the last quarter of the year and he is literally a vision of my manifestation. He’s the exact thing that I was visualizing and hoping for… he’s creative, super supportive, fun, independent, fiery, confident and funny and at the beginning of the year I set out an intention that that is the friend I wanted to find and I found the person! There are also a bunch of people that has entered my life this year that has fit into the model design that I put out to the universe. And then there’s Kara, my dearest friend, mamapreneur and the owner of She is super supportive of the art and science of my work and we constantly rise and lift each other up! It is also through her I got to connect with her tribe of strong independent women and fitness trainers from UFIT, just constantly smashing life's goals and improving each other's well-being. 

What is my best memory from 2016?

In 2016 I have a few memories that are basically the things that I always think about when I think back on this year and these are the things that I think back on regularly because I am very proud of them. 

One of the memories and achievements for 2016 would be achieving childhood dream. My dream of performing on the big stage came true and that opened a lot of doors for me and inspired me to keep going. Life does not stop once I lived the dream... I started to share my story to encourage people that with hard work and determination your dreams will come true! And to know that I have inspired other people that has helped light my fire every single day and it gets me so excited to live life wholesomely.  I had a lot of great memories meeting and getting to know more creatives from the Music events; people that are very inspiring and positive… just meeting so many good people that is the major highlight of 2016. 

Oh, and not forgetting me picking up a new hobby which is Longboarding! I have never felt so excited about this new hobby, being able to kick off and stand on the board confidently and just cruise around my neighborhood that is the best feeling ever! 

What do I most want to happen in 2017?

There’s a bunch of things that I want to happen in 2017. I feel like 2017 is going to be a really big year for me. On my passion front, I want to continue to perform in different cities and meet more amazing creative individuals. Every time I get emails and messages from people appreciating my work I get more and more excited to just do more and continue to inspire! 

Another goal would be to do more traveling, be it solo or with my best friends. I’m totally up for adventures with cool people, and meeting incredible friends from all around the world. I always have the most fun connecting and spending time with these people.

What is my biggest lesson of this year?

I learned that I am a procrastinator and I really need to focus on getting things done from start to finish and finishing it by giving my 110%.  I definitely want to be the person who’s able to finish things, hustle even harder and bringing most of my ideas to life! That is something that I need to work on.

Another thing I learned this year is to be CONSISTENT. Be it creating content, be it social media, or starting to blog again, or exercising, or trying to reach any sorts of new goals. You need to be consistent with it. We can’t really cruise through it or sit there and expect things to happen because you’re not going to get desirable results that way. I definitely learned that I need to be more disciplined with myself and be a lot more consistent with things.

I also learned the importance of solo travel and spending time by myself. I think that is a very valuable lesson and it is something that you need to push yourself to do it no matter how unsure or scared you are. 

I remember having this deep conversation with my best friend, Justin, about steering away from that 'Basic Bitch' life (oh gosh those Freshmen uni days) and focus on the mantra that you need to be the kind of person that you want to be friends with. What you put out is what you get back. There you go... that's Joyce 2.0 for the year 2016 and beyond. 

Another important thing I learned this year is that my happiness is at its highest peak when I am helping other people or making someone’s day. That is how I want to live my life; just helping, serving and inspiring others because that is when I feel the most fulfilled.

Do I have any regrets for 2016? What would I change about this year if I could?

I am not someone that has a lot of regrets but if there is one thing to say that I’ve learned in life that I am always trying to get better at... I do regret those times when I was feeling in a foul mood or being a douchebag or an asshole about certain things and failing to pull my shit together and turn things around faster. Because at the end of the day, people dwell on negative things for way too long and that could waste up so much of your precious life and time?!

I really don’t want to be one of those people who’d look back on their lives and go “Man why did I waste my day being in a shitty mood when instead I could just be outside exercising or be in the nature getting my creative juices flowing… doing something that actually mean something." We do have days where we just lay in bed and feeling depressed about something. That used to happen a lot a couple of years ago… I’m experiencing lesser of these moments these days. But when shit hits the fan again, I definitely can shake it off a lot faster.

So...Faster comeback rate. That’s what I need to achieve!

It is so nice to reflect on the year and think of the year ahead and just be honest, raw and real about yourself. Talk to your friends about them, ask yourself these questions, write it all down and just be appreciative and grateful for everything that had happened this year and all the opportunities that are to come.

Share with me what the best part of 2016 was, I would love to hear all of it! 


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