Well, it was quite a… year. I mean, it was definitely a year, right around 360-something days. I couldn’t say it was a great year, though some great things did happen. I am hesitant to say it was a bad year. It felt like a really long year, that’s for sure. And yet the time raced by so quickly, I can barely remember what happened. This year was a bit of a hit-and-run – it was over so quickly but it left me feeling shaken and sore.
Last year, I said I wanted 2015 to be the year of strength. It was, but not in the way I had intended. My strength was all in holding it together. The only muscles I worked were of the carrying-burdens sort – I was weighed down by work, school, volunteering, and other projects. I got sick, I got better, I got sick again. I worked and worked and worked. I stopped posting on social media, I didn’t see many friends. I burned out and then discovered that I had some special reserve to keep me going. I did what I needed to do and, in that way, I was strong. But it certainly wasn’t what I had envisioned for myself at 32.
Being so busy caused me to neglect my list (and, at times, my wellbeing) so there’s not a lot to cross off. It’s been 7 months since I’ve even posted anything! I often think about my poor, lonely blog, sitting here, collecting virtual dust. Then I have to rush off to go somewhere or finish something and I forget about it again. Even now, I should be doing BIO homework or starting my COM paper, I need to do laundry, and I just heard Tim’s car pull in… it never ends!
Maybe I’ll feel better about this year upon reflection? Let’s see. Here’s the progress I made in 2015:
Touch a Penguin – Did it! In Seattle, at the Woodland Park Zoo. Crossed that one off!
#13. Fix My Credit – Making definite progress. I’m not ready to call it just yet but things are moving in the right direction.
#15. Complete a Half-Sleeve of Tattoos – I’m halfway done… and out of ideas. So this one is on hold but I did make progress on it this year.
#17. Build or Repair Something – In October, we started remodeling our kitchen. Though we’ve had someone helping us, I’ve done a lot of work myself. I demolished the floors, assisted with putting in new tile, disassembled and painted cabinets, etc. This has been a huge project and a ton of work. When it’s done (hopefully next month?), I will celebrate by crossing this one out.
Volunteer – Yep, for an entire year! I’ve maintained at least 8 hours every month at AAWL and I plan to continue that this year. I love it, it’s like free therapy.
#23. Get My Degree – Most of my non-work time (and, let’s be honest, some of my breaks and lunches as well) were spent on this goal. I racked up 24 credits and my GPA is (totally bragging right here) 4.25. I’m already back at it and, if I maintain my pace, will be able to hit strikethrough at the end of 2017.
#28. Read 300 Books – I am sitting at 69 books right now which means I’m still behind. But I have 29 more books than I did last year, so… that’s something.
#30. Work on this Blog – Does 4 posts count? Wait, this one makes 5!And, while I didn’t make any specific progress on my travel-centric goals, I did get to go on a few adventures: Vegas, Seattle, Carlsbad, Disneyland, Chicago, and Sedona. That’s not bad!
Overall, my 32nd year was a tough one. Some GREAT stuff came out of it but honestly, I’m glad I can move on to 33. I predict another year of hard work though my hope is that I improve my balance and have a little more fun.