Today is the beginning of a three week past/future/present series. It’s nothing big or grand, but I think it’s a good way for me to wrap up one year while preparing for the next. So today, next Wednesday, and two weeks from today I will cover:
- Reflections on 2015
- Goals for 2016
- My word for the New Year
(Is it a sign that I’m already writing “2016” when I only mean ’15?)
We didn’t experience much change this year, but I think there was a lot of growth. Our best friends grew their family by one (actually, they adopted a dog, too… so by two!), K’s business really took off this summer (huzzah!), and my brother proposed to his girlfriend, adding another permanent member to our family.
K and I didn’t travel much this year. We spent our anniversary at Niagara Falls and we went to Tennessee for the NASCAR race. I took a beach trip with some wonderful gals to South Carolina and he spent some time in Texas on business. At home we finished the basement bathroom and put central air conditioning in (praise the LORD).
Career-wise, I didn’t make any changes but Pageantry Innovations has tripled in size and we’re now moving into a new office/warehouse space. (I’m so proud of my husband.) My thought have officially turned to nonprofit & dogs so I’m hoping to make progress in the years to come.
So what can I say about 2015…
This year K and I found that tough conversations about money and the future and children and goals became a little easier. We tend to be on the same track as far as 5-, 10-, and 20-year goals go. When you’re starting and growing a business a lot of time and energy gets put into that… so this year it was amazing to see the efforts pay off. I think that next year we will have a little more balance.
Our dogs kept our hearts full and glowing. Our family stayed healthy and happy. Our troubles were minimal. It was a very low-key year.
2015 was my first year of consistent blogging. I used this space every week and met amazing people through the blog world. It’s really been life changing for me. (So thank you! ❤️ )
I’ve tried to be more self-reflective and aware. I’ve tried to avoid drama and excuses- if I wanted to do it I did it and if I didn’t want to do it I declined (tactfully). I took a few Facebook/news hiatuses because the violence and hate in this world is crippling. I’ve focused on faith and healing and the encouraging grace of others. I’ve tried to lessen the sarcasm and up the genuineness. Overall, if I were charting this past year, I would say that I’m a little higher on the graph than I was on January 1st.
And now I think this is good place to stop. Next week I will talk about my goals/resolutions for the new year.
What did you think of 2015? How would you sum up the year in review? Was it a year of change or growth? Maybe it was a year of exploration or discovery? I want to know!