My Life (I Guess) in 2016

Last Updated on August 17, 2020

It seems as though the world struggled through 2016 and everyone is happy that the year is over.

Except me.

Despite a rough start to the year, 2016 turned out to be pretty amazing! A lot of really good (and in some cases unexpected) things happened in my life.

Here’s a recap of my life (I guess) in 2016:



A Full-Time Job Offer Fell Through…

Just before Christmas last year, I reluctantly accepted a full-time childcare position. I’ve never wanted a career in childcare, but that seemed to be my only option. I did love nannying part-time in a private household and hoped to find another family to work with. But I couldn’t say no when I was offered a full-time day care position.

Before the holidays, I did some initial paperwork and training, and waited to hear back about my start date in the new year.

Except I kept waiting and waiting… and didn’t hear anything until mid-January! When I finally got an email back from HR, it wasn’t to tell me when I could start. Nope. It was to tell me that the position they offered me and I accepted no longer existed…

They did, however, have a few part-time positions available. I ended up taking one with an after-school program.

It worked out okay as I was able to keep nannying in the mornings, after all. Between the two jobs, I was making more money than I was when I worked at the gym, but it was still only a fraction of what I used to make.

It also meant driving a lot more – up to 2 hours a day (depending on what shift R was working). Some days the hour-long drive to work a 3-hour shift just didn’t feel worth it. Especially the day that a rock hit and cracked my windshield. And the day we had to pay $600 in maintenance costs to make sure the car we heavily relied on didn’t break down.


I Almost Died…

In March, I almost died.

It was so much scarier than I let on, and I didn’t talk about it at all. I didn’t even tell my family about it until the following day.

We’re not 100% sure what happened because my test results at the ER came back normal. But we think I had a seizure.

I had been sick with a cold and was taking various over-the-counter medicine, trying to find something that worked. We suspect that I had a bad reaction to one of them. Whatever it was, I lost consciousness, had seizure-like symptoms, and started to choke. Thank God it happened when I was at home, sitting on the couch next to R, otherwise, I might not be here to write this. He saved my life!


And then my luck changed. The remainder of the year was pretty amazing!



I Got Married!

On July 23rd, at a beautiful scenic location just outside of town, R and I got married in front of about 60 of our closest friends and family members. Everything turned out perfectly, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our married life together.

We kept things simple, casual, and relatively stress-free. (And also budget friendly!) Everyone raved about the location, the food, and how much fun they had.

I have a wedding recap post scheduled for next week (which is also our 6 months anniversary), so stay tuned for that.

I Started a Full-Time Job!

After all the rejection and dead-ends over the last two years, I was seriously starting to wonder if I’d ever find a full-time job again. But in May, I was offered not one, but two full-time jobs!

I was really undecided as to which one to pick. One was in Education which was familiar, friendly, and something I was very confident I could do. But it involved a lot of traveling in my own vehicle, and there wasn’t much room to advance. The other was in a whole new industry with the provincial government, that would open up numerous opportunities, and included a pension. But the position was only temporary, the interview went badly, I wasn’t sure I’d “fit in”.

Instead of taking the easy route, I accepted the challenge that working in a new industry would bring. Even though the hiring process took almost 3 months (I didn’t start until the end of August) and I questioned my decision so many times, I’m happy that I picked the job that I did. I really like it! I’ve learned so much more than I would have with the education job, and it is soooooo interesting. I wish I could talk about it more, but unfortunately, there are strict confidentiality rules that I have to follow.

I Got a Promotion!

I wasn’t kidding when I said the government job would open up numerous opportunities! Six weeks after I started, I was offered and accepted a promotion.

Although I’ve yet to start my new position (as they are still in the process of hiring my replacement), on paper I immediately became a permanent full-time government employee. I got a small raise and now have health benefits for both of us, as well.

When I do start my new new job, I’ll be back to working at a computer in an office. I don’t think it’ll be as exciting as my role is now, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll be the junior out of 3 people in the department, which means I’ll probably be doing a lot of data entry at first. But I’ll also be the youngest person working in administration by at least 20 years. More than half of my colleges are only a few years away from retiring, so I don’t anticipate being the in the junior role for long.

I’m Going to be an Aunt!

Technically I already became an aunt when I got married (R’s brother has two girls), but now I’ll also be an aunt biologically speaking. My older sister and her husband are expecting a baby! It’ll be the first baby in my immediate family, and I cannot wait to meet the little guy or girl this summer. (I think it’s going to be a girl.)


Overall, I’m going to remember 2016 with a great big smile on my face. And hope that I can say the same about 2017.


YOUR TURN: What was the BEST thing that happened to you in 2016?

Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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5 thoughts on “My Life (I Guess) in 2016”

  1. I married my best friend and the love of my life. I got to watch her grow and become so much stronger and happier. I also have a new niece/nephew on the way! It’s uncanny how close our lives are! Great article!

  2. Congrats on all the great things that happened. It definitely sounds like you got the bad stuff out of the way at the beginning of the year.

    For me, it was probably seeing my stepmom pull through a very bad health scare (also at the beginning of the year) and getting that reminder just how precious the days with our loved ones are, and to not take tomorrow for granted.

  3. That seizure incident is so scary! It’s crazy how something like that can just happen. So glad that you are ok. Hooray for gov’t jobs! My job is a state job, and it’s not exciting or anything, but it’s dependable. After so many years of job uncertainty I think that it will be really great for you.

  4. You can’t pack much more in a year! Sounds scary (dance with death) and exhilarating (marriage, new job, promotion). In regards to the job, sometimes you have to be bold and try new things, even though it’s not as ‘comfortable’ as what you already know.


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