15 For 2015

 


I’m going to come right out & say it — it’s been one heck of a year. In short, I’ve moved twice, I began studying & have graduated as a life coach, & I launched this very space. This year has been huge in personal growth & I know for certain this journey is a work in progress.

I've left pieces of my heart in certain places & with certain people but I've also opened my soul to new experiences & extraordinary relationships. I've learned new skills & more importantly, what brings me true happiness.

I've been looking back on this past year & I'm sharing 15 things from 2015, but with a twist.


5 LESSONS IN THE FORM OF TAKEAWAYS
5 THINGS I’VE DONE FOR THE FIRST TIME
5 PIECES I LOVED ABOUT THIS PAST YEAR

 

 

takeaways

• I’M MORE RESILIENT THAN I THOUGHT
I was dead set on leaving the Garden State so I spent a solid two months looking for & applying to an insane number of positions located in & around Washington, DC. Let's just say I can handle rejection & complete disregard like a champ.

• GO FOR IT, WHATEVER IT IS
A new job, a once in a lifetime opportunity, a surprising relationship (friendship or otherwise). For me, this was moving & taking chances with possibilities.

• FOLLOW WHATEVER MAKES YOUR HEART RACE
Sometimes it feels like I'm on a bit of a wild goose chase but my heart is my compass. I'm extremely thankful for my experiences because I don't think I would have nearly as much fun if I ignored my desires.

• DON'T RULE OUT THE UNEXPECTED
Things happen & people will walk into your life for a reason so enjoy what comes your way. Those reasons may not reveal themselves for some time, but boy are they eye-opening when they're recognized.

• COACHING IS MY CALLING
It’s something that fills me up with happiness, gratitude, & total bliss. It was this time last year when I stumbled upon the field of life coaching & now I can officially call myself a coach.
 

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Firsts

• TRAVELED SOLO
I had yet to stay in a destination without knowing a single soul. I visited Walla Walla, Washington where I was able to explore a handful of local wineries over the course of four days. (Traveling solo overseas, though, is still on my bucket list.)

 LIVED IN A DISTRICT
I moved to Washington, DC in April — there's something so exhilarating about living in a thriving city. I wouldn't change that experience or trade those memories & I'll always look back on that part of my life with a smile on my face.

• BROKE OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
I am an introvert through & through so it’s hard for me to feel jazzed about walking into a room full of complete strangers. Now & again I need to throw my anxiety & nerves to the curb to work up the courage for rare events like hearing Elizabeth Gilbert speak about her latest book.

• PUBLICLY SHARED MY ART
I've been sharing my words with everyone via this space which I refer to as my online home. Awesomely enough, my photos have also been shared across social media for several different companies & accounts. (If you aren't already, follow along on Instagram for visual inspiration.)

• TRADED CONTROL IN FOR TRUST
This year I handed over control in favor of trusting the Universe — trust that I'll survive in a new city, trust that I'm pursuing my dream career, & trust that I'm making the right decision to walk away from those things which no longer serve me.
 


Loved

• MY SISTER GOT MARRIED
The day was about as perfect as it gets — beautiful summer weather, a gorgeous bride & groom, & some good ol' fashion cake smashing.

 NEW RELATIONSHIPS
I've been fortunate to meet like-minded people from across the globe & it's been wonderfully refreshing building relationships with people who share similar life goals.

• EXPLORED NEW DESTINATIONS
I've visited 8 states over the past 12 months with time spent in a few new cities. I'm all for exploring & seeing as much of this world as possible.

• ONE-OF-A-KIND CONNECTIONS
I’ve stopped worrying about the amount of people in my inner circle because the people who are here are without a shadow of a doubt incredible humans. I have the most gratitude for who they are & how they have each impacted my journey.

 MY LIFE
This may seem a bit cliché but this past year has brought a complete change for me in the way of acceptance for my past, ownership for the present, & lots of love for what's to come. To put it mildly, life is fun.
 

 

So that's been my year & it's been a good one for sure. It's important to reflect on what's been so you can move forward with the lessons & experiences to continue living a meaningful life. 

I'll leave you with four questions I ask myself to maintain perspective as the year comes to a close. Share your answers with me below or reach out so we can celebrate together.

 


What have you learned about yourself?

What are you most grateful for?

What can you celebrate?

What do you want to make happen before the year's end?