Twenty-fifteen has been quite the year. Though I don’t mention it too much here (or anywhere for that matter) I had a few rough years and this year I finally started to feel like myself again. I am so thankful for the experiences that I had and the growth and evolution my life has made.
As we prepare to leave 2015 behind, I am 100% satisfied with what it gave me. I am so excited for 2016. I pray that the momentum that started building up in 2015 continues to progress.
Here are the 10 things that stand out to me from this year.
I Launched a Business
Towards the end of 2014 I began thinking about the possibility of transitioning out of a regular 9 to 5 and working for myself. This was probably the key factor in the rest of the amazing things that happened. To be honest, financially I am bit more strapped than when I had the steady paycheck, but the increase in personal time was totally worth it.
As I plan for 2016, I am strongly considering returning to the 9 to 5. Not just for the steady income, but because I miss having co-workers. For real.
My Creativity Came Back
I’ve made more things in 2015 than in the previous five years. Probably – I don’t keep those kinds of records.
What really signifies this for me is that I’ve become more comfortable at making creative decisions. I see it in my Project Life album, there is so much more color and pattern in the later weeks than at the beginning. That comfort in making creative decision, to me, signifies freedom to express and to do.
I Had SO MUCH Fun
Because of the increase in available personal time, I was able to say “yes!” more often. Which meant more fun stuff!
The funnest moment of 2015? Going on the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney World. I don’t have pictures of video of that moment, but I definitely have the memory.
I Completed Project Life
I had wanted to do a Project Life album for years! Years! In 2014 I gave it try but there just wasn’t any room for creativity, so I stopped.
I promised to myself that I would make a 2015 album, on my terms, however I wanted. And I am so glad I did.
I Made My Friends A Priority
Thinking about the friends which I’ve let go of in the past breaks my heart. Back then I didn’t make even the smallest effort to maintain my friendships. This year though, I connected, reached out and strengthened both new and old friendships.
Spent Time With My Sister
Sisters are the bestest of friends after all, right? Over the summer, I had the blessing of being able to spend a glorious three weeks with my sister. We hadn’t spent that much time together in who knows how long. That trip has shown me just how much I miss her and how the relationship never really changes even if you’ve been apart a long time. Distance, whether in space or time, cannot change that bond.
I Tried to Cook
This was a late development in the year. Nevertheless, it happened. I’ve always been OK with baking. But never cooking. I must say it is quite enjoyable and something I hope to continue doing.
Is that strange? To hope to continue doing something that others do each and every day?
In 2015 I spent time in – Pensacola, Boca Raton, Orlando (3 times), DeLand, Tallahassee, St. George Island, Seaside, Alys Beach, Mobile and New Orleans.
I don’t think I left Miami at all in 2014. And luckily, I already have a few travel plans sorted out for the beginning of 2016.
The MIA Shop Opened
And not only did it open. Amazing people purchased prints! Crazy right? I am excited to expand on the shop in 2016.
Worked on my Fitness
By dancing. I started taking Zumba two times a week and I fell in love. It doesn’t feel like traditional exercise, because really you’re just dancing.
What are some of your top memories of 2015? I’d love to hear them!