It seems like 2016 just started last week. Where has this year gone?
At the Studio, it was a whirlwind of things after things and we haven’t quite settled with the new year coming, but that hasn’t prevented us from mulling over all that has happened in the past 12 months.
Talk about insanity!
All in all, it seemed to be a down year for most. It feels like we all lost someone or something – even if just faith in humanity. BUT, we also had amazing things happen and took many steps forward in society.
Starting with the bad news…
2016 was the year Donald Trump got elected President of the United States.
2016 was the year terrorism seemed unstoppable.
2016 was the final year of David Bowie, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Prince, Fidel Castro, and many other iconic figures.
2016 was the year of the Zika virus spreading like wildfire.
2016 was the year the highest temperatures in history (on record) were registered.
2016 was the year of Brexit…
But we also had many good ones…
2016 was the year with many female protagonists on screen.
2016 was the year a woman president almost became president of the United States.
2016 was the year Leonardo DiCaprio won an oscar.
2016 was the year Beyoncé released Lemonade.
2016 was the year the Portuguese national team won the European Championship for the first time in history.
2016 was the year Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize.
2016 was the year James Charles became the first male face of makeup brand Cover Girl.
Above of all, 2016 was the year we surely became stronger and more aware of what goes on around us. We like to think that each passing year helps us grow, learn and work harder. We welcomed new members to our little team, we faced new and difficult challenges, we set up to launch an educational platform, and strived to be better because of you.
The reason we do all of this is because of you – YOU – who comes back supporting, commenting, and just dropping by. 2016 was the year we realized how important our readers are to us and how we want to make the digital world a better place for them.
We are getting ready to face a new year full of challenges, newness, and greatness.
2016 was great and terrible in so many ways, but we are always going to be grateful we got to enjoy another 365 days of this world.
Happy New Year everyone!