I know we’re a month into 2016 already, but it’s always a fun exercise to reflect on the previous year..Was it good? Did it suck? Did I travel? Was it a blur? (Aren’t they all?) And, most importantly, what did I learn last year?
I was trying to decide if I could pick just one thing that I learned in 2015 and the answer is no. I’ve got a whole list of what I learned last year — which I’ve narrowed down to ten lessons. Some are serious and some are not, but all are important to me. So….In 2015, I learned that:
- A 50th birthday needs to be celebrated all year, not just for one day.
- I still miss my mom everyday and I know that won’t change ever.
- When one child decides to attend boarding school, the next oldest child will become intrigued and decide he wants to attend boarding school too…we’ll leave that as TBD for now.
- I still hate to cook. But, I’ve been told (by Little Dude) that I’m actually pretty good at it!
- I LOVE to help high school students with their college application essays. And since discovering that, I explored the industry and found a great opportunity: I’m now going to be employed as an “essay specialist” at a test prep/college counseling company.
- Writing a novel is MUCH harder than it looks. I attempted to participate in NaNoWriMo (which stands for National Novel Writing Month) and let’s just say I did not reach the goal of a complete novel by the end of November. 5,000 words should count for something though!
- Anyone who has any interest in creativity and self-expression should go on the Haven retreat in Whitefish, Montana. One of the most unique experiences of my life!
- Going away with just “the girls” is a must — and should be mandated as an annual trip.
- Everyone needs an outlet, whether it’s creative, athletic or simply not work. Tennis is mine. When I’m having the crappiest of days, I can get on the court and forget about my troubles for that 90 minutes.
- Some years are considered “good” and others — like 2013 for me – really, really bad. But, most of all I’ve learned that there can be bright spots in those ugly years and dark times in those great years. I’ve learned to ride those waves much better than I used to. Recently, someone told me that she took up surfing. Although I have no desire to actually surf (I’m not an ocean lover – JAWS traumatized me), I realized that I took up surfing too — in a metaphorical way, in case you didn’t catch that.
I’d love to hear what lessons you have learned in 2015…please let me know below!
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