What a year this has been! For me personally, it’s been one of the most challenging years I’ve faced. Complete with heartbreak in the ending of a meaningful friendship, job troubles, home troubles, the passing of my beautiful Grandmother, and a dysfunctional Christmas. It seemed that challenges came out of thin air, every other week; it was tough. I’m glad to see 2015 come to an end.

As hard as the year has been, I’ve no regrets. I’ve grown from the challenges and I’ve learned a lot.

I’ve learned to cherish the little moments of peace and joy that occur in the midst of chaos, I’ve learned to be comfortable in the midst of the unknown, and I’ve learned to confidently stand tall in the midst of trials.

I’ve also relearned that I’m incredibly lucky to have Gabi in my life. This blog would not exist without this magnificent woman. I love relearning how amazing she is. Not that I’ve forgotten or need to learn it all over again, but that every week I’m reminded that Gabi is a spectacular force of weirdness and love. Her friendship has been crucial to my existence.

By the way, this is an amazing picture and I’m confident Gabi can time travel as this MUST be her when she’s 80. Or I’m the time traveler and the lady is me and Gabi’s the penguin. Hmmm…..

ANYWAY, I’m very, very excited to see 2016 come. I’m a January baby, so I’ve always loved the new year coming with a new age. This year, I turn 30. And let me tell you something – I. Can’t. Wait. I am a weird one I guess. I just LOVE that I’ll be 30. Big things happen in your thirties.

So moving into this new season, I think back on 2015 and will take these lessons with me into 2016. These aren’t resolutions, just reminders from lessons learned in 2015.

  1. I’ll not doubt the fact that I’m fabulous. Single, 30, and fabulous.
  2. I’ll cherish my loved ones. I’ll glean from them what I can while I can.
  3. I’ll travel. It’s possible, it’s affordable. I’ll take the adventure.
  4. I’ll make the changes necessary to live life to its fullest.
  5. I’ll not be afraid. I’ll go forth confidently and do what I love, even if I do it alone.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” – C. Joybell C.

What lessons did you learn in 2015 that you’ll carry with you into 2016? We wanna know!!

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