This post will be sappy and cheesy and it will include wedding photos and puppy photos and all the things that have made me smile the hugest in 2015. You’ve been warned. Joy ahead.
When I look back at 2015, I feel so much love. And for that I feel really lucky and grateful and thankful.
This was a big, exciting year. I turned 30! I got married. I went to Africa. I met giraffes. I kissed a few of them with tongue. I got a puppy! I navigated the world of freelance employment. I developed and strengthened relationships with incredible, special people, and distanced myself from less great humans. (“I’m 30, I’m too old for this shit,” remember?) The older and wiser I get, the more I cherish the important, valuable, meaningful relationships in my life, and the less I care about letting go of the lame, less uplifting ones.
I care less about what people think of me and my decisions, while I care deeply about doing what’s best for myself and my family.
I learned a lot about myself this year. I did some soul searching, which was not always easy. I left my comfort zone on several occasions.
Every year, I keep a constantly-updated list in the back section of my [paper] calendar called “THE BEST OF [INSERT YEAR HERE].” My Best of 2015 list goes on for several pages. (For reference, my Best of 2013 list had like, two things on it, and I think one was “didn’t die of Crohn’s.”)
I took lots of photos this year, and only shared, oh, 4,382 of them with the world. Here’s a look back at some more of my 2015 highlights…
I went for lots of mediocre runs, but saw some really great scenery and had some wonderful company.
We went on a family trip to Washington, D.C. It was great. We got a private tour of the West Wing. So VIP.
I had a super fun bachelorette party, thanks to some awesome bridesmaids and great friends.
And then those girls threw me a lovely bridal shower. I felt very special. And a lot like an attention whore! Woo!
I did a lot of yoga. I completed the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program at Lyons Den Power Yoga early in the year, got Brian to take his first yoga class this summer in Bryant Park, and went on my first yoga retreat. I loved spending so much time on the mat, and appreciated the way my practice changed my life off the mat as well. Such namaste.
Brian and I got married in Central Park.
And then we had a party on a boat, bopping around New York City. The views were sweet and the dancing was on all the fleeks. It was the funnest party I have ever attended.
Then, we headed to Kenya for our honeymoon. It was a life-changing experience. Go.
I saw a guy in Central Park taking his two pet turtles for a walk. Leashes and everything. New York, you’re crazy! Never change!
I volunteered at the New York City Marathon, which was somehow just as fun as running.
We got a puppy! Brian and I adopted Ellie, a golden mix rescue puppy, in December.
Brian and I embarked on a tour of New England to celebrate Christmas with our families — and Ellie! It was loud and crazy and we drove a lot and I was super sick the whole time. But it was wonderful and perfect all the same.
I am so grateful for all of the people who made my year such a special and memorable one. All you need is love. And a puppy.
So thank you, 2015, for bringing me so much joy, happiness, and love. Thank you for keeping me on my toes, and letting me smile every single day.
Thank you for being a part of 2015. Let’s have some fun in 2016, OK?
TIME TO SHARE! What was your TOP moment of 2015? Yeah, pick one.