And so it ends. I’ve never been happier to say goodbye to a year in the 26 that I’ve already endured. 2016 was the hardest 12 months of my personal life and, for that, I won’t miss it. Professionally, though, I thrived. I don’t think I’ve ever written so much, pushed myself so hard, or challenged myself as constantly as I did in 2016. You’re supposed to grow with time. I’m only just now beginning to consider whether or not my growth has been in the right direction. As I do every year on the final day, I like to pause to reflect on the year past to gauge how far I’ve come and where I’m going. So as is my annual tradition, here are my five favorite things I’ve written this year.