A Look Back at 2016

Now that we are on our way into 2017, I wanted to take some time to look back at the last year. I absolutely love having everything documented on here so that I don’t forget what has happened.

I split the year into four different categories: life, travel, fitness, and blogging. It’s been a fantastic year and I only hope that 2017 holds the same!

Life

Erin Bahadur

This year was exceptional for me in terms of my personal life. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that 2015 was a very trying time between almost separating from my husband and being diagnosed with a depression that I can confidently say I’d been carrying with me for almost two decades.

I feel like 2016 was a year of growth both personally and professionally. Some of the biggest accomplishments in that arena were:

On a personal level, I feel like I was able to finally move past the consequences of my addiction. Not that it’s not still a part of me or that I want to forget everything, but the fact that I was still battling with probation always made me feel tied down and not completely free. Having those five years end was much more freeing than I anticipated and made me feel like I could move on to grow into something greater.

Also, having been on antidepressant medication for an entire year helped me reflect on what life was like without it and how much of a lifesaver it really is.

From a career standpoint, life was crazy but perfect at the same time. It took a bit, but I was finally able to find some stability in where my income was coming from. I took on anywhere from 10-20 clients at a time and had part of my income coming from corporate fitness. Through those avenues alone I was able to make enough money, so whatever I made from the blog and social media was extra savings. I no longer felt stressed and anxious about where my income would come from, which really took a load off mentally.

Travel

Isla Mujeres

I traveled more than I thought this year. One of the benefits of being released from probation is that I no longer needed permission to travel out of the state. The first thing I did when that went through was to book a trip to Mexico in June. BAM.

In no particular order, here are the trips I covered in 2016.

Fitness

Erin Bahadur

I talked about my training clientele in part one, so this one is really more about my own personal fitness.

I stopped focusing on running in 2015 after I burnt myself out, so this year was really about getting into a groove with what brought me motivation and happiness. For me, that meant high-intensity workouts, strength training, and starting Crossfit. Some parts of the year I was more active than others, but I learned that for me, it’s most important for me to focus on how my body is feeling and not push it past its limit.

Speaking of limits, in June I hurt my back. I was unable to work out for a month, which was challenging from both a physical and a mental standpoint. I learned that my life wouldn’t be over if I couldn’t exercise, but that it’s definitely important for me to have in my life.

Being taken out of commission for so long given that my body is basically my job, I realized that I need to pay more attention to my recovery and self-care. I’m no longer at a point where I can just rest out an injury and have it be better. MASSAGES EVERY DAY.

Blogging

Erin Bahadur

This year I put more focus on writing posts for YOU and not just recapping my life (aside from the Monday posts). I wrote more posts that were informational and educational, and I’ve seen the result of that effort through platforms like Pinterest and emails I’ve received with questions from those types of posts.

I invested in the blog through a new, cleaner template and professional photos that I can use throughout the year. I intend on having more done so you can see more than just me in an orange tank top (fashion bloggers, I don’t know how you do it).

I negotiated several long-term brand partnerships, which I love much more than the one-off posts that sometimes feel like they fit, but sometimes don’t, you know? This way you know it’s a brand I love and continue to use in my daily life and it gives me more time to get to know them as a company and what they stand for. Just like I’ve developed deeper personal relationships through blogging, 2016 was the year of taking it to the next level with brands.

Basically, I stopped saying “when.” “When I get to a certain (arbitrary) level, I’ll take it more seriously.” There’s no time like the present. If you want your site to look nice, invest in it. Realize that what you’re doing is important and own that. My very first year of blogging I went to a blogging conference and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I learned so much and realized that this blogging world was where I wanted to stay and grow.

Speaking of, I also attended several conferences this year, one of which I was able to speak at and share my experiences with both mental health and marketing that information.

I have several more lined up for this year as well, so let me know if any of you will be at any of these and I’d love to connect!!

  • IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East
  • Expo West
  • Everything Food Conference
  • Blogfest

To sum up, I really enjoyed 2016. I’m excited to see where 2017 will take me and I hope you all will follow along on this adventure. Happy New Year!

Thanks for Amanda for letting me think out loud.

Questions:

  • What was your favorite part of 2016?
  • Do you have any goals for this year?
  • Are you travelling? 
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42 Comments

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Yesssss I’ll practice my oil pulling sounds for you!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Aw thanks girl!!

  1. January 5, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Happy New Year from Scotland! Discovered your blog in 2016 and really enjoyed it, thank you.
    My big trip this year is Canada for 3 weeks in June, cannot wait! 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks for following along!! I still have to go to Canada – I hope you have the best time!!

  2. Laura P
    January 5, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Your blog and instagram definitely became a daily visit for me this year! I appreciate the life update posts and the informational content you created. Excited to keep up with you in 2017!

    Hopefully making a trip to London/UK this September!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Aw thank you Laura!! Ooh I’d love to go there sometime too. Hope it works out!

  3. Tammi
    January 5, 2017 / 7:23 am

    You have had a fabulous 2016! Nice to see some many have complained about 2016 nice to see postive reviews . I’m a substance abuse therapist and it always does my heart good to see people embrace recovery and the lifestyle changes needed to sustain a healthy sobriety. Congratulations! The best for continued growth in 2017!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks for all the work you do to help people – I know it’s a tough job to have. I know the people involved in my recovery were super important!

  4. January 5, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Great roundup of 2016. I also love having a blog to look back on and remember all of the things we sometimes forget. I know 2017 will be great for you!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      I know it’s so great to have all that documented. Thanks for reading Kim!

  5. January 5, 2017 / 8:12 am

    It’s been a great year for you. Your blog always inspires me. You’ve really shown incredible growth and I love your content.

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Aw thanks Jen! I’m so glad we connected and met each other!!

  6. January 5, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Wow Erin, you totally grew so so much, and I see that your life has so many miracles these past few years. That’s amazing how you are healing, helping so many, taking care of your mental and physical health, and blessing others with your blog. <3
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much Emily!! Lots of love 🙂

  7. January 5, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Yayy Erin! This sounded like SUCH a successful and positive year for you! Most especially because we became friends (which is something you somehow missed on this post??).
    I hope to travel and take a vacation this year because last year all my vacation days were used for shoots and MOMMA NEEDS A BREAK.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      I included having deeper relationships w my social media and blogging friends mam. That means important conversations about fat cats and Olivia Munn. DUH.

  8. January 5, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Amazing year for you and you should be super proud of all you’ve accomplished, congrats lady <3

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks so much Jess!!

  9. January 5, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and you have truly blossomed into one amazing blogger! Your posts are always so informative and inspiring! Keep up the great work Erin <3
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel!! So

  10. January 5, 2017 / 10:45 am

    One thing I definitely want to do is focus on taking some more professional photos for blogging. I love that I have some out of my partnership with Lole, and I’d love to have more.

    You had a truly stellar year <3
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Currently: January 2017My Profile

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Now that I’ve done it I’m obsessed and want them all the time haha. I really liked your Lole photo!!

  11. January 5, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Yay for Blogfest!!! I’m so excited I’ll be going this year!!

    And, your blog has definitely inspired me. You have such a great writing style and you post about such amazing, and difficult, things. I try to learn as much as I can from you. Thank you!!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Oh good! Reunion! Thanks so much for reading Jennifer 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Yeah I’d say that was pretty epic. Can’t wait to see you again!

  12. January 5, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I’d like to take that step where my blog is concerned too. Congrats on all your accomplishments and thanks for sharing them and inspiring me.
    All the best for 2017.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks for reading!! You can do it girl 🙂

  13. January 5, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Great Job Erin, so proud of your accomplishments in 2016 I know you will only continue to excel. xo

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks girl! Same to you!!

  14. January 5, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    congrats on 6 years of recovery, that is HUGE ! I am so thankful i found your blog in 2016!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much Alyssa! Keep up the great work girl!

  15. January 5, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    What a great year of growing and learning! I’ve so enjoyed reading your content and am so glad to have found this space this year! Cant wait for more great things in 2017!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you heather!!

  16. January 5, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    What a kickass year for you! As a blog reader I can tell and appreciate the work you’ve put into your blog, and it’s content. I love the bit about stop saying “when”. I continue to try to live in the present because putting off things at least without a plan usually means they won’t happen.

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Aw thanks Lauren! I need to do some more planning – it’s always so helpful!

  17. January 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    You’ve had an incredible year! Congrats on 6 years of recovery and getting off probation! How freeing that must be. Looking forward to reading more & seeing you grow in 2017.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you Catherine!

  18. January 7, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    It sounds like 2016 was a good year for you personally. I love that, because so many people kept saying that ” 2016 has to stop and go away” because of all the things that happened globally. While we can’t ignore the horrible things that happened around the world, we really can make a difference in the world around us and that’s what we should focus on. <3
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 9, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Absolutely! It was definitely an interesting year worldwide but personally mine was pretty great haha

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