Twenty fifteen has been quite the year. There were a lot of ups and downs, but now that the year is wrapping up, I'm feeling really great about where I am and what I've accomplished in the last 365 days. Every year I get excited for January, because it's the time of year I feel the most inspired. It's the time of year I thrive. That's not because of resolutions — at least not in the traditional sense — but because I've gotten into the habit of reflecting on what I've done at the end of a year, which helps me to make new goals and figure out what I want in the next year. So here we go:
// I started a new job as an assistant editor at the most awesome place to work, POPSUGAR.
// I went to California three times — twice for work, once with my chickens — and now more than ever can imagine myself settling there when the time is right.
// I went to England to visit my best friend, and even though it was the first time I'd been since my breakup last June, it still felt like a home away from home.
// I got to spend three months with my nuggets in between jobs, which meant some time with little Sky.
// I finally moved out of my parents' house and into one with my two best friends, Meagan and Katherine (with their boyfriends, Mathew and Quinn, as honorary roommates) and it's been the most amazing seven months.
// I met Shaq, and even though I never knew I wanted to meet Shaq, it was probably the coolest thing I did all year.
// My friends and I started a book club, which helped me to crush my reading goal of the year.
// I took a random trip to Portland, ME, with two of my friends, and we had the best four days in a city we knew nothing about.
// I saw Taking Back Sunday in concert twice in a week with my friend Laura and remembered how much I love that music scene.
// I overcame my forever fear of lipstick through a work project, #12LipsOfChristmas.
// I continued with project life this year, and even though I'm behind (more behind than I got last year, whoops) I still love it as a way to document the every day. That being said, I'm not sure what 2016 will look like, but the weekly spread may get abandoned in favor of a less structured album.
I feel awesome about the things I did this year, and even though I feel like there are a few pieces of the puzzle still missing, I think keeping that in mind in 2016 will get me to where I want to be. As usual, we'll see how it goes — bring it on, twenty sixteen.