At the end of this year and close to the beginning of a new one, I’m hiding out from all the resolution-crazed people in the gym and on the roads to reflect on 2015 a little.
Last winter, I spent a ton of time on my own. I even rang in 2015 at home, on our couch with my dad, something I swore I’d never be so lame as to do. It was good for me, though, because I was able to learn a lot about the people I surround myself with. The weather, too, was extra frigid and extended into March, when my dad went through something really difficult at work. My father is my rock and seeing him lose something that both took so much effort and meant a lot to him was heartbreaking. But the sun came out again and, like nothing else can, brought a big breath of new life when I visited my brother and his wild child friends in the late spring and had the time of my life. In June, I hit kind of a milestone birthday, and celebrated with friends and family. Blowing out the candles on what felt like my millionth vanilla birthday cake from the same bakery was comforting. The summer was probably one of the best of my life. It was packed with three trips and an amazing, come-to-Jesus moment that I needed. Then, in the fall, I made sure to dedicate a lot of time to my work and studies and it showed. Even though I got through a lot of personal messiness this year, I think I was most proud of my professional and academic accomplishments. Then, as usual, the year closed out quickly with the holidays and a mild December. I’ll always loveChristmas, and I hope I never tire of it. We’re in that week between Christmas and New Year’s, kind of in limbo, now. Here we are.
If you skimmed past that, for which I won’t blame you, I’m highlighting this year that was filled with growth and a lot of change with fifteen things I learned in 2015.
- Knowing one or two recipes like the back of your hand is invaluable.
- Girl drama may just be worse than boy drama.
- Salt water and sunshine can cure anything.
- No one has ever regretted purging clutter.
- It’s okay to love kids with your whole heart but not want any.
- Feeding my makeup addiction is expensive, but usually worth it.
- Gel nails are destroying me, but I can’t stop.
- Brown eyes are average, yet somehow stunning.
- Stress cleaning is truly therapeutic.
- So is the gym.
- Some people are better kept at arm’s length.
- Take care of yourself.
- Meet as many people as you can, and make lasting impressions.
- Black never fails to look good.
- Sometimes, though, black is a crutch. Embrace color, especially May-August.
Clearly, I’ve learned a lot. Take notes, and learn from my mistakes. I can’t wait to fill you in more in the new year and hope you’ll tag along on even more of my missteps (and, more importantly, adventures!)