I have 10 drafts in my WordPress queue. . .so much to blog!. . .but when my friend Bobbie posted a 2015 wrap-up I was inspired to do my own. Thanks, Bobbie! :)
1. Did you do anything this year that you have not done before?
Visited Falling Water, Frank Lloyd Wright’s great masterpiece. Went to a fabulous Art Deco bar in Minneapolis. Moved to Houston, which I’ve always wanted to do. Saw Fleetwood Mac in concert!
2. Did you keep any of your New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Trying to create regular habits instead….sometimes you have to push the horse before there’s a carrot.
3. Did someone close to you die?
My grandmother-in-law, Yvonne. She was my only real grandparent figure and has written me letters for the past 12 yrs. I really miss her, and wish I had written back more!
4. What countries did you visit?
None this year!
5. Is there anything you lacked in 2015 that you want in 2016?
Stability. Routine. Acceptance.
6. What date will you always remember ?
All of June–found out we were pregnant and that changed everything.
7. What is the best thing that happened to you during the past year?
So many things. . .having whole conversations with Lucy is pretty incredible.
8. What was your biggest mistake?
Having high expectations of people that they can’t/won’t meet. Underestimating Houston cost-of-living.
9. What was your best buy?
This sounds totally nerdy, but our SkipHop *backpack* diaper bag. Going hands-free with a toddler is a must. It weighs nothing, clips onto the back of the stroller and even comes with a cooler for her food. If I had more money I’d buy one for everyone I know, whether they have a baby or not! And my highly-discounted MZ Wallace purse. Their handbags are sturdy and versatile.
10. What did you spend most money on?
IKEA furniture for our new apartment. Moving to Houston. Diapers, wipes, and organic milk for Lucy.
11. What made you really happy?
Chatting with long-distance friends: Chris, Bobbie, Rebecca. I’ll make myself a drink and it feels like we are gabbing in a cafe together for hours–no holds barred.
12. Have you been sick or hurt?
Yes….but grateful for fabulous doctors and health care! Hoping for fewer appointments this year, although I’m not off to a good start—10 scheduled for this month alone.
13. What songs or artists will make you think about 2015?
14. Felt better or worse this year than you did in the previous year?
I feel wiser and stronger definitely. I feel like life keeps getting harder and more complicated, but I’m becoming more adaptive.
15. Is there something you wish you spent more time on?
Yoga. Whenever I do it my body screams at me “THIS is what I want!”
16. Is there something you wish you spent less time on?
I’ll echo ya Bobbie…watching Netflix once Lucy is in bed. I even rewatched the Office, Battlestar Gallactica, & Frasier. Not to mention the new shows! Making a Murderer is a whole two days I don’t remember.
17. How was your Christmas?
Wonderful! We hosted Michael’s family here for Christmas brunch and that was a lot of fun. Did almost everything on our Christmas wish list too, and didn’t give each other gifts which was really liberating.
18. Were you in love?
19. Which program has been the best thing on TV?
Top Chef is always awesome but we have to cook food in the middle of it or we get so hungry.
20. What was the best movie you saw this year?
21. What was the best book you read this year?
I’m enjoying 1491. Still going through that. It’s a tome and the vocabulary is above my reading level, apparently. It’s about what the Americas were like before Columbus/other settlers came.
22. What was the best food experience?
Cocktail flyte & appetizers at Tongue in Cheek in St. Paul. Any of the breakfast options at Blacksmith in Houston. . .they make their own creme fraiche!
23. Did you wish for something you got?
Yes. . .Like I’m gonna tell you.
24. Did you wish for something that you did NOT get?
Starting my business. Getting pregnant and moving changed that, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s what they say, right? Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.
25. What did you do on your birthday?
Went to park with Lucy, Turkish lunch, Rothko Chapel & Museum of Fine Arts, hit up a couple cafes, made homemade pizzas with Michael, played with Lucy til late, watched Bourne Supremacy, watched ball drop and muted Carson Daly. . .seriously what is with all those annoying “celebrity” commentators?
26. Who were the best people that you met?
Ginger, my oldest friend! We hadn’t seen each other in 17 years and had an entire weekend of chatting when she came to visit. Such a kindred spirit.
27. What made you feel good?
My physical therapist. Pre-natal massages. Painting. Writing. Cafe dates with Val. Getting to have conversations with Lucy! Sermons. Labyrinth walks. Long baths.
28. What celebrity did you most fancy?
Amy Schumer forever. Mariska Hargitay. I love how they both use their celebrity status for charitable causes.
29. Who did you miss?
All long-distance friends. But we are always connected in spirit!
30. What was your best month?
May because I went to see Bobbie and beautiful Minnesota. It was my first time being away from Lucy. It was a lovely break!
31. Is there anything you could have done better?
I was talking to a friend about how questions like this (and guilt) are not constructive. We are constantly evolving as people, so technically, there is nothing *I* could have done better, because the *I* in 2015 is different from the *I* now. Things you can do better at the time, you usually DO do better. The key is to be open to growing and pursue growth as much as possible. How’s that for an easy answer? But yes, as a Type-A perfectionist I am acutely aware of what I, in a perfect world, could and want to do better. The list is too long.
32. How will next year be different from this?
It will definitely be busier, but full of more love with the new baby. I want to be more prayerful & meditative and use ten minutes here and there (bc when you’re a mom sometimes you only have ten minutes) to do yoga, pray, read my Bible, etc. Often I wait for big chunks of time and they rarely come so I watch TV or pick zits or do something else completely mind-numbing. Hoping to fit these things into a few mins each day! And I want to be more grateful and have less resentment. (Image above courtesy of Danielle LaPorte). Life is always a mixed bag, and everyone has struggles they don’t share with others—it’s important to focus on the positive just to keep yourself sane.