2015 was quite the year for me:
I had my heart broken. I grew in my faith. I finished paying off my student loans (!). I was put under more pressure at work than I've ever experienced and branded a new company.
I learned to be gentle with myself. I finally reached a point where I am able to let go of the things I cannot control, instead of pouring energy into them. I've adjusted my attitude and perspective so that my first thought is to approach someone with understanding instead of taking everything personally.
I've dealt with rejection and deep sadness. I've formed and strengthened friendships with many beautiful souls. I've lost count of the amount of times I've laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. I cuddled with Fitzgerald hundreds of times.
I visited Scotland. Vegas. Big Bear. Palm Desert. Healdsburg.
I attended my first (country) music festival. I went to my first opera. I moved and started living on my own again. I took pictures and more pictures and more pictures after that (and sold more in my online store than I ever have). I went to museums and more concerts than I can count at tiny venues, beaches, shopping centers, arenas, schools and more. I spent countless sunrises at the beach. I replaced my record player and upgraded my bedroom furniture.
I ate dozens of oysters. Attended a t.v. awards show. Drank a million cups of tea and coffee and wine. Hosted a bar crawl. Attended multiple podcast recordings (and listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts). Mailed lots of snail mail. Attended church retreats. Prayed the rosary dozens of times. Attended Adoration. Read lots of books. I finally opened a retirement account and a second savings account.
I started to appreciate the pieces of me that make me who I am. I've loved fiercely. I went to the gym more than I ever have. I spent time with family. I went to Disneyland again and again as well as baseball games, basketball games, and hockey games. I took public transportation in LA for the first time.
I feel so blessed to have such a good life and to be surrounded by so many amazing, lovely people.
Bring it on, 2016.