Buh-bye 2015! Fastest yest year of my life? I think so. Best year of my life? Definitely.
2015 was, by all accounts, my happiest year. I’ve done a lot of work over the past 2 years to become my best self. To embrace the things I love, to ditch the things I don’t, and to trust myself to know what’s best. I’ve focused on body positivity, putting a ton of energy into work, quality over quantity as a blogging best practice, managing my health in more intuitive ways (more yoga, logging meals rather than counting calories, getting a Fitbit), reading, spending more time with John, following through on goals no matter the size, and constantly filling the well.
My 2015 highlights include (in chronological order):
Started 2015 with a new memory making tradition, became obsessed with Serial, celebrated two years of my morning workout routine, saw Neil Degrasse Tyson at The Wilbur, learned how to knit from my amazing crafty girl squad, lived through all 109 record-breaking inches of snow we got here in Boston, watched my beloved Patriots win the Superbowl, escaped the winter blues at Inman Oasis, received a big promotion at work/got a senior title and my first direct report, made the best peanut butter pie ever for Pi Day, went through tax hell, celebrated John being inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, chopped 8 inches off my hair, went to the NH Sheep & Wool Festival with Nicole & Dana, celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary at Sarma, became obsessed with adult coloring books, went on our first ever cruise to Alaska, celebrated John graduating from his MBA program, went on a working port cruise of Boston Harbor, took lots of walks to Assembly Square, had my very first poster abstract accepted for presentation at a professional conference, visited the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, went to NYC to see Lord of the Rings: Fellowship live-scored by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne Switzerland, saw Paramore at the Wang, visited Ford’s Theater for the first time, attended the wedding of two dear friends in Washington DC, followed the incredible Pluto Fly By, spent an amazing weekend in Maine for John’s birthday, super fun annual friends camping trip, became obsessed with ModCloth, wrote about 5 amazing documentaries I watched this year, found a miracle migraine cure: Migrelief, mourned the loss of John’s grandmother Eleanor, booked our first international vacation, celebrated 3 years of working at Harvard, had my annual physical and acted on many wellness suggestions made by my doctor (endocrine, allergy, etc), obsessively listened to my favorite album of the year: Chvrches’ Every Open Eye, welcomed my gorgeous niece, Avery Katherine, into the world, wrote my third annual Healthy Meals blog post,went to Pops on the Heights at Boston College, went to the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville, annual Vermont apple picking and Simon Pearce trip for my birthday, celebration vacation to Charleston, presented my first professional poster at the annual Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research conference, became a Belieber, taught myself how to crochet, celebrated John’s last show directing Face Off and casting to Tour Co at Improv Boston, spent Christmas in NJ via train, did a bunch of hot yoga, and watched a bunch of great TV shows (Masters of None, Playing House, Jane the Virgin, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange Is The New Black, & Ballers).
On to 2016! As you know, I am not a resolution person. I usually like to pick a theme and have that idea or concept guide me throughout the year. In 2011 it was Holistic Well-Being, in 2012 it was Balance, in 2013 it was Take Care of Me, in 2014 it was Clutter-Free, and in 2015 it was Do My Best.
I honestly don’t have any major goals for 2016. As I ruminated on in my How To Live A Meaningful Life post, sometimes doing too much to fill the void or bouncing from thing to thing can obfuscate the present moment. So, with that said, my only real goal for 2016 is to be happy and to make decisions based on joy and not obligation.
Some really specific things I’m looking forward to in 2016 are our trip to Ireland in February, setting and meeting professional goals, more family time, and hopefully crocheting my first blanket.
Onward, and Happy New Year!