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At the end of every year, I journal about the year and what I've learned. All of the challenges, obstacles, mountaintops, setbacks, and everything in between. Doing this keeps me grounded and reminds me of past lessons and trials.

What I Learned in 2015

  1. Honesty is extremely important to me. The older I get, the less tolerance I have for ignoring problems, pretending things don't exist, and telling people what they want to hear versus what they need to hear.
  2. That thing you've been wanting to do, do it. I got a tattoo this year. I backpacked for the first time this year. I wanted to like running, found a program, and ended up liking running. I did these things and more.
  3. Acquaintance -> Colleague -> Friend. This is something I've been learning over the past few years. As an ENFP, I make connections really easily because I love people and am genuinely interested in new people. In the past, I've been known to call acquaintances "friends" when they were far from that. I meet so many people and get so excited about them, but I have to reign myself in and remind myself that not every person in my life is a friend. Or deserves to be a friend. The "colleague" category is one that I'd skipped over in the past. Now, I realise why it's necessary to place people in that category.
  4. Silence is okay. There are many layovers when I don't turn on the TV. I read social media or a book. I don't feel the need to fill every second of a conversation with noise. Sometimes, the silence is completely okay.
  5. Be open to honest, appropriate correction. This lesson was a painful one to learn this year, but one that I needed to learn. Ultimately, we have to live with ourselves and the choices we make or don't make. When someone who loves you and wants the best for you corrects you, you might want to listen.
  6. I cannot live life without God. More to come on this in a future post. 2015 was a rough year for me, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I was reminded of a lot of deep scars that remain from the past. I'd spent the year running from God and my faith, citing many reasons other than the obvious. My faith in an integral part of my life, plain and simple.

What 2016 Has For Me

  1. A foray into vegetarianism. I've done vegetarian diets here and there, but for no longer than a month. This time, I'm committing to a vegetarian diet for the first three months of 2016. Just because. I want to see if I can do it.
  2. Being more intentional about finances. My husband and I have a pretty decent handle on our finances, but it doesn't hurt to survey them every now and then. I'm learning about investments in my spare time, hoping to be able to invest some money in 2016.
  3. Being more intentional about the pursuit of passions. There are so many things that I love, but don't spend enough time doing them. Writing, reading, photography, language learning, improvisation. Hoping to intentionally carve out more time for these passions in 2016.
  4. Exploring new places. Looking forward to exploring South America in 2016!

Here's to closing out 2015 and welcoming 2016!

- j

2016 - The Beginning

The 5K Journey: DONE