2015 In Review

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


2015 has come and gone, and one of my absolute favorite parts of this season is looking back at the year, and just having a little reset. Of course, you can reset at any point, but having the fresh start of a new year is some kind of magical. A quote I've been holding on to for a while comes from Zora Neale Hurston (who I admire so much), who said, "there are years that ask questions, and years that answer." 2015 asked a lot of questions, and 2016 is going to (hopefully) have the answers, or at least a direction toward an answer.


2015's Big Questions:

  • What do I want to do in my future? I am the kind of person who has had a plan for my life since I was in middle school. It was always going to be college, grad school, dream job, family, happy. Now, I don't want to go to grad school (at least not right now), I don't know what would be my dream job, and I don't know what I'm going to be doing in a year. 

  • Where do I want to live? I have created a nice life in Denver, but I really want to fly the nest. After studying abroad, I have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and want to live internationally for a while. 
  • Who do I want to become? I am so bad at adulting. I have no idea who I will be in my life, and I feel like I'm in the process of becoming who I am, which is exciting and terrifying.


2015 Lessons:

  • Start planning financially... early. Before getting a job, I lived pretty much paycheck to paycheck, but now I'm making more (ish) money, I am learning a lot about savings and financial planning. 
  • Say no to things that do not make you better, stronger, or happier. I said goodbye to one of the things that had occupied a large amount of my time and energy throughout the first three years of college, and while it was one of the hardest decisions I've made, it was for the best. I am so much happier now, and I love where my life is and where it is going.
  • Creativity is a worthwhile and fulfilling goal to pursue. For the longest time, I rejected the notion that I was in any way, shape, or form creative. But, I have been more comfortable with my creativity over the past year, and have found ways to express that creativity! 
2015 Favorites:

  • Moustache Stationery. This is the only "thing" I have on my favorites list, but it is one of the coolest things I discovered this year! 
  • France! I went to France after receiving a grant to do historical research in Caen. It was absolutely amazing to see the place where I spent the best four months of my life, and see the people I loved along the way. 
  • Getting a job (my first big girl job). I got a job! It's my first real big-girl job, where I have a boss and sales goals and a regular paycheck. It has been an adjustment, but I love my co-workers, the environment, and my job.
  • Starting my last year of college! I'm so overwhelmed, scared, excited, and grateful to have had such a wonderful college experience, and I'm finally graduating! Come June, I will officially have a college degree. 

2015 On the Blog:

How was your 2015? What were some questions asked, or lessons learned? 


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