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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.