Wonderful Things That Happened in 2016

Well 2016 certainly didn’t fail to surprise us. From the Zika virus, to political turmoil, and the loss of many beloved icons, 2016 has dealt us some serious blows. Don’t lose all hope just yet! While many unexpected, unfortunate and devastating events took place, there were also many positive things that 2016 brought about.

While brainstorming resolutions and looking forward to a better and brighter 2017, let’s take a minute to reminisce on the wonderful things that happened this year.

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  • The highlight of my year was the birth of my perpetually giggly little boy! Jack was born April 28th and has brightened my world more than I could have ever imagined. I’m grateful every day that I was chosen to be his mother.

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  • I started my blog this year and have met some amazing military spouse bloggers who have befriended me and guided me in my blogging journey. I am so grateful to have met them. 

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  • Women are now allowed to serve in ALL positions in the military. Get out there and show them what you can do, ladies!

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  • The wild tiger count is the highest it has been in 100 years. 

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  • More than 20 countries pledged more than $5.3 billion for ocean conservation and created 40 new marine sanctuaries that span 3.4 million square kilometers. 

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  • Solar Impulse 2 was the first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe with NO FUEL. How cool is that? Two cheers for renewable energy!

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    Photo: Solarimpulse.com

  • The Paris Agreement on climate change became the largest and fastest United Nations treaty to go from agreement to international law in modern history.

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  • The WHO announced the eradication of measles in all of the Americas, from Canada to Chile. This marks the first time the disease has been eliminated from an entire world region.

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  • Black incarceration rates are falling in the United States. There is still much work to be done, but I think this is worth celebrating.

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  • Chronic homelessness in the United States has declined 7 percent in the past year, marking a total 35% decline since 2007 rate.

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  • The unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6%, the lowest it’s been since 2007. Thanks, Obama.

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  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. On November 2, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7, ending America’s longest sports title drought.

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    Photo: NYTimes

  • Army Beat Navy! The Army Black Knights broke a 14-year losing steak, beating the Navy Midshipmen in a 21-17 win.

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    Photo: John Pollino

  • There was a huge breakthrough in Ebola research that shows promise for a vaccine against the deadly virus.

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    Photo: DailyNation

  • Hillary Clinton made history in the United States. I don’t care if you love the woman or hate her, you can’t deny that she made history. Hillary was the first female to clinch a political nomination on a major party ticket. This is a HUGE milestone for all women and serves as a reminder that women can achieve greatness. 

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won an Oscar. Even better, he used his platform to bring attention to the ever important topic of climate change. Go Leo!leonardodicaprio

  • Harriet Tubman, a former slave and abolitionist will replace the slave-owning Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Booyah!

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  • For the first time ever, there was a Refugee Olympic team. Their competing in the Olympics served as a reminder of the refugee crisis around the world, but moreso as a beacon of courage and hope.

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    Photo: NBC News

  • The Smithsonian unveiled The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. 

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    Photo: Lexey Swall/NYTimes

What wonderful things happened in your life in 2016?

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