In 2015, my word of the year was “Try”. I wanted to try new things, crafts, adventures, food, and everything in between. I wanted to try to make more, craft more and cook more. I think trying is inherent in my nature, but it was good to have it as my one little word to anchor me to 2015.
I tried a lot of things in 2015. I tried skiing. I tried wood carving. I tried to be strong in a tough situation. I tried new recipes. I tried writing new blog series. I tried new programs at work. I tried a new business. I tried consulting. I tried to put my phone away while with other people (still working on this). I tried to make my own desk. I tried gardening. I tried.
Just like every other year, 2015 was filled with its share of ups and downs. My sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma towards the end of the year, which was the biggest downer for my family and I (you can read more of her story here). I’m thrilled to say that she’s handling the chemo so well! I learned just how awesome, caring and so selfless my sister is. I think we always knew that about her, but to see it come through even more in a time when she really deserves to be selfish, just reinforces that she really is the best person I know. I went through a breakup, which, of course, sucked balls at the time. But, I learned so much during it, and am in such a good and better place currently because of it, which is all you can really ask for.
In 2015 I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris twice (which, I’ll blog about eventually), Jackson Hole, WY; Vermont for a random weekend in June; Indianapolis, IN for the final four; Chicago, IL for the Go Blog Social Conference; Nebraska for the best wedding ever; Sleepy Hollow, NY for Halloween; Kennebunkport, MA for a mom/daughter weekend; Boston, MA for Thanksgiving, plus all the times going home to see family.
I think my relationships with family and friends grew ten-fold over the year, and I am so blessed they’re in my life.
Overall, 2015 was a great year. I’m hopeful that 2016 will be an even better year!