The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.
I wasn’t going to write a 2015 reflections piece because to be honest, the end of the year has been challenging and I still find it weird to share personal details on my blog. But hey, it’s my blog and I can write what I want to, right? Maybe I’ll work on that in 2016.
With work stress and a close family member receiving some tough medical news, the holidays felt different this year. But the challenging times truly do shape you, and I’ve found that they actually make me more motivated, more self-aware, and more committed to conquering 2016!
I love New Years Eve for two reasons. The first, it’s my parents wedding anniversary. Today, they have been married for 38 years (#couplegoals). The second reason, every year on this day, my husband and I sit down and reflect on our 2015 goals and plan ahead for the New Year. We both write individual goals, couple goals, and business goals. Then, we combine these into one chart and I print them and paste them in different parts of the house where we are bound to see them on a daily basis. It’s really nice to have visual reminders throughout the year.
Side note: While it’s great to have yearly goals, for 2016, I plan to take my goals and break them down into either quarterly, monthly, or weekly checklists. I’m also obsessed with daily to-do lists. It helps me keep track of whether I’m on track. I will probably write an article about goals setting soon.
2015 was a big year for me. Mostly because I turned 30. It came a lot sooner than I expected and I truly started feeling more like an adult, if that’s a thing. Really though, I just miss being able to say I’m still in my 20s!
This was definitely a growth year for me. It was the beginning of truly thinking about how to leave a legacy, how to find work/life balance, and how to truly align who I am on the inside with the things I am doing on the outside. And 2015 definitely helped move me forward on this journey.
Here are some things that went well in 2015 and some things I plan to work on in 2016!
- Health/Physical Fitness:
My metabolism definitely slowed down this year. But thankfully, this year I have truly eaten the healthiest I have ever in my life. Besides consciously making good food choices, giving up alcohol for the first 8 months (except on vacations), I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis. I felt better and looked better after drinking my fruits and veggies each morning.
This year, I also did my first 30-day fitness challenge, which was challenging because I haven’t worked out regularly in a while. One of my goals for 2015 was to start running and let’s just say, I didn’t start. But that’s ok, because I still accomplished quite a lot. I have been wanting to wake up earlier during the work week and while I was doing the fitness challenge, I did my workouts in the morning. It was nice to have it done before the rest of the day started.
However, my biggest accomplishment in 2015 when it came to physical fitness was finally learning how to ride a bike! No, not a motorcycle, a bicycle. It’s something only people very close to me knew. I never really learned how which is a long story on its own (I had tried to learn before but as you get older the fear increases). But one of my goals before I turned 30 was to learn how to ride a bike. Well, with the help of my husband I learned in less than an hour! It was definitely one of my proudest moments of 2015. And my parents gifted me a bike for my 30th birthday.
In 2016, more smoothies, more working out, and more bicycle rides.
My husband and I have a couple different businesses and I don’t want to bore you with all our business goals, but this year, my law firm grew, we moved into a new office space, and we positioned ourselves to make some exciting changes next year. It was definitely a grow/prepare year. My husband’s SEO and online marketing business also grew and kept him busy. I’m so lucky he is techy because I most definitely am not.
On the real estate front, we expanded our rental properties.
In 2016, we’re planning for continued growth in our businesses, and hope to grow our rental properties by multiple units.
- Personal Development:
This year I had a goal to read/listen to one book a month. I definitely hit more than 12 with all the business and pleasure reading I did this past year. It’s difficult to find the time to sit and read, so I listen to audiobooks… a lot. I also listen to podcasts A LOT. In fact, every morning as I get ready and while I’m driving, I am listening to either a book or a podcast. Most of the time, the message is one of growth and positivity and it really helps motivate me for the day. I also kept a gratitude journal in 2015. I started one on the Notes App on my iPhone, so I could easily access it. While I didn’t write in it everyday, when I did, it really did make a difference in my perspective for the better. Especially on days when it was hard to find something to be grateful for and I had to push myself. Because let’s be real, there is always something to be grateful for!
My husband and I also both started our personal blogs this year. Starting this blog was a pretty big deal for me. I’ve wanted to do this for a couple years and finally on my 30th birthday, while I was eating my way through New Orleans, Statuesq.com launched. While I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted this year on the blog (writing regular articles, starting a podcast), I was able to accomplish the biggest item of all; start. For 2016, I made a goal to write for 15 minutes a day. Whether it is in my journal, (I use Day One and it’s awesome) or writing blog content, I will give myself 15 minutes a day to jot down my thoughts. I also hope to write at least 3 posts a week and start my podcast
In 2016, I plan to journal more, maintain my gratitude journal, produce more blog content, go to church more often, and start volunteering on a monthly basis.
This was a fun year for travel. Not because we went to far away exotic places, but more so because we explored the beauty in our own backyard. Every year, we usually take an international trip to some tropical place for our anniversary. This year we didn’t do that. Well, we went to Whistler so it was still international, but not tropical. However, it was absolutely beautiful and I would love to make Whistler a yearly trip. We also went to Sacramento, Napa/Sonoma (did the best limo wine tour), did weekend trips in Whidbey Island, Long Beach, and Oceans Shores and stayed in some wonderful beach houses with friends. I did discover I like renting houses much better than hotel rooms for trips! My favorite trip of the year was to New Orleans. It was my 30th birthday trip and it was somewhere I had wanted to visit for a long time! I love love love New Orleans. The food, the people, the weather. I can’t wait to go back.One thing I didn’t do this year was a trip with my girlfriends. That will be fixed next year.
In 2016, I would love to take my husband to Disneyland because he has never been. I want to take a trip back to DC (one of my favorites) and go to the White House, go to Miami, and take another international trip. To where? I’m not sure yet. Really, the goal every year is to go somewhere I have never been before and to do it as often as I can. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel every year and have seen some pretty cool places ( a lot of the US including Hawaii, eight countries in Europe, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand to name a few). My life goal is to continue expanding this list every year
My 2016 goals list is long. Today, I’ve shared a few, but there is much I hope to accomplish in 2016. Overall, 2015 was a pretty incredible year and I have so much to be grateful for. I know 2016 will have some really tough challenges. But I also know I am not someone who let’s challenges conquer me; instead, I plan to conquer them.
So here’s to bidding farewell to 2015 and hello to new beginnings in 2016! I hope you have a happy and prosperous 2016 and accomplish all the goals you have set for yourself. See you in 2016!