New Year's Recap: Savvy Javvy

It is my annual New Year’s post and I want to start it off by thanking you for following my journey. I absolutely love to write and explore, which also happens to be the two elements that synergize and outputs the Savvy Javvy blog. This blog is one of my biggest passions and it makes me happy that it has grown each year. Sometimes I am selfish and extremely busy with my daytime job working in the digi-tech world, and I am not able to devote as much time to blogging as I would like to. But I really would love to change that in 2016 and make some time in the evenings doing what I love most!

This year I have traveled somewhere every single month. Sometimes I even traveled for over a month non-stop. At times travel can be exhausting, but I find pure joy in it. I love learning about new cultures, eating exotic foods and just getting out of my element from time time. Am I a neurotic, stressed out, angry bird while prepping for these trips? Yes. Something else I would like to work on in 2016. Chilling out, and allowing myself to zen out. Balancing life can be extremely challenging, but I quickly have to remind myself that there are people out there that are battling a bigger battle in life, which helps to keep me grounded.

There is one thing I wanted to share with you personally, that I do not think is reflected at times on social channels. I ACTUALLY have a real job, a legit career job, that I also love on top of this blog. Did I love my previous jobs? At first yes, but the politics were nauseating and unprofessional. In fact, I had lost hope in my career due to some bad eggs, and instead of completely losing hope, I changed my situation. I mustered up the courage and dumped a job that was not serving me the way I was serving it. Hard lesson to learn, but this hard lesson ended positively. I found a new job I truly love and am surrounded by the most incredible and motivated people. Nothing is worse than trying to grow as a young women in your career than having poor support and management in the employment place, so learn from mistakes! Choose a job like you choose your relationships. It should be an equal relationship, if it is not, dump it and find a better place to invest your time. It will make you feel so free and happy! I will say though, there are a few good people from my old companies that I miss immensely, but thankfully we have kept in touch over email and Facebook, which I do appreciate. 

Another thing I do not normally share is struggle. Social media is such a lala land that we escape to, but each person on there has things that they are battling with everyday. Whether there are financial issues, family concerns, health concerns, relationship issues, crummy friendships. We all have these battles, so next time you go on someone’s social media account and think their life is perfect, think again. We are all human. My dad and mom always gave me this piece of advice that I take with me before I deal with any challenging meeting or confrontation. In fact, they told me this before I had a meeting with a CEO of a huge company, and it helped tremendously. “Do not fear meeting with anyone, no matter what their status or title is, at the end of the day, they were born the same way you were born, they eat the same way you do, they have flaws just like you do and they use the restroom just like you do. They don’t deserve to be on any pedestal in your mind, instead you should view them as your true equal”. I swear this works like a charm for me every.single.time.

I want to highlight some of the special moments of the year below:

Family- I got to meet my cousins from Canada for the first time in my life. Although they were younger than me by a decade, we instantly connected. In that meeting, my mom got to finally see her brother after 35 years of not seeing him. That was really special to see them together. I know I won’t have that moment with my brother anytime soon, but when I do in heaven, I hope it is just as special.

My cousin’s baby, Dillon, had open heart surgery for the second time and he kicked its butt! I got to plan a last minute weekend trip over Thanksgiving to go visit him in the Bay Area and it meant the world to me to see him and the family. 

I also have grown closer to my parents, which is something I value very much. They are my best buddies and my biggest support system.

Relationship- E and I have been together for almost two years now!! So crazy how time flies by. We dealt with lots of crazy things thrown our way, but we worked together and have built a bond that is very strong. He truly has become my best friend. We have traveled all over the world together, we have laughed, screamed and cried together, and these experiences have all made us stronger. I think one of my favorite moments this year was while we were on a date at Hotel Costes in Paris. It was so surreal that we were in Paris together and having such a fabulous date. He looked like such a babe that night too! It also happened to be the same day he suggested we do the love lock bridge. Hello Mr. Romance!

Another super special moment that brings tears to my eyes, were the couple of times on a Sunday afternoon that he asked for us to go bring flowers to my brother’s grave. Let me tell you, in my experience of dating, I have never experienced a man so loving and empathic towards someone I loved so dearly. Especially for someone they have never met. Major kudos to him. 

Friendships- As each year passes you meet new friends, grow stronger with old friends and have to say goodbye to some others. I feel like this year I grew stronger with a few of my girlfriends. In fact I was a bridesmaid in two of their weddings! They made me feel so special on my birthday and I am forever grateful for their love, silly texts we share, tags on @fuckjerry daily pics “that is so us”, and endless laughs and cries that we share. My friendship with guy friends sort of struggled this year, mainly because of their significant others not being secure cool chicks, but we can save that for another day ;) At first I struggled with the idea of losing a friend. In fact, I think I still do. But I remind myself that it is not worth investing time in things that do not serve you fairly or right. As mentioned above re: career. So I instead re-invested my positive energy into the friendships that were solid. And I cannot tell you, I have such a beautiful group of friends that all support each other and never get jealous of each other? Squad goals? Yes. Jealous and envious people are toxic. Dump them and you will feel such a weight off of your shoulders!

Career- Finding my career at my new job. It felt so good. 

Blog- Many milestones and goals were met this year with this blog. One of my favorites was being featured in Glamour Magazine and on StyleCaster. I literally cried non stop when both happened. I also am being featured in a travel magazine for my #journeywithjavvy travel series! That will be in 2016, so stay tuned. I cannot wait to share that with you. 

Personal- I started writing down my goals in a notebook and it has helped me out tremendously! It brings me positivity and light and allows me to see growth as I look back at some of my old goal lists. I highly advise you to do the same. It is one of the best gifts I could have given myself in 2015.

Travel- Having the opportunity to spend over a month in Europe with my love was a dream! A special spot we went to was Cesme in Turkey. I will write all about it in one of my upcoming Journey with Javvy posts. Hands down, one of the loveliest places I have ever visited.

My true goals for 2016, we shall see, but really my main goal is to be a better person to myself and to the ones that I love. Which includes you! Thank you for being a part of my life! I am excited to take you along the many trips I have planned next year! Let’s just say we will be seeing Europe again!