This year has brought it’s ups, downs, and everything in between.
Much like a Facebook and their version of a “Year in Review” I tried really hard to post photos and memories of my life in this blog. It ended up being like one of those generated memes of expectation vs. reality….
Blog Wise ~
I posted seventeen (17) blog posts.
I began (drafted) four (4) blog posts that didn’t get published.
I posted seven (7) Instructables this year. You can also see these on my Instructables tab. They are shown from the most recent published.
Family Wise ~
My mother passed away in January.
My father successfully recovered from his open heart surgery in 2014 and was able to take care of his grandchildren once again in late February of this year.
My mother-in-law went through her cancer treatments and beat cancer.
My children began swim lessons this year and my oldest ~almost~ passed the highest level (Level 10.)
We went to Hawaii as a family this year.
Our youngest had the last adorable season of youth-soccer, where they don’t keep score and we’re just out there for fun. <Sigh.>
I read a total of eleven (11) books this year! Three of them were non-fiction. My goal was twelve, and I really wanted to count the Rainbow Magic Fashion Fairies that I completed with my daughter, but I didn’t.
Five books completed from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
“The Horse and His Boy”
“The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’”
“The Silver Chair”
and “The Last Battle”
With my oldest I read a fun book called “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes.
We completed “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien this year, and we started on the Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring in the beginning of December.
As a family, we read “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. That book is VERY DIFFERENT from the movie.
I personally finished the book by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze called “Smart Money Smart Kids“.
My trainer gave me a book that I enjoyed reading (a health book!) by Dr. Kelly Starrett called “Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally.”
Lastly, I read a book with fellow believers from our church. That book was “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” by Nadia Bolz-Weber. It was…interesting and overall, a good read but it’s not for the new Christian in my humble opinion.
Health Wise/Physically ~
The biggest thing that happened this year was that I was able to lose 31 pounds in seven months. I’ve gained about four of those pounds back, but I’m on the way to getting those holiday pounds off by continuing to run.
I’ve managed to avoid taking cholesterol medication that the doctor was going to prescribe me.
I’m also grateful that I’m completely recovered from my knee surgery back in August 2014. The left knee though…. We’ll just have to see what happens next year.
And Career Wise ~
This is where the “adulting” part of life gets tricky.
I am so grateful for the job I have. It pays well, I get to leave everything at the office and not take work home with me, and I have great co-workers.
The upper management people are …
well, they are …
hard to deal with to say the least.
As this is a public blog, I will put it like this: follow me on Instagram, and you can get an idea of my life on a daily basis. I used the hashtag #DsLastProject and there’s 19 photos that will show you how much I loved the job I used to have.
As of January 11, 2016, that will be changing permanently and I will be permanently assigned to a desk job in the Special Projects Section of Design.
A government worker at her finest.
~ In Summary ~
- The first part of the year sucked.
- My mom went to be with the Lord and the best way to describe how I feel is by repeating what someone told me: Grief comes like a thief. It steals your joy when you least expect it, despite how well you seem to be doing.
- No truer words have been spoken to me about my mom’s passing. I am grateful of everything she taught me, and I know where she is but boy does it suck sometimes not having her around.
- In April 2015 I made the decision to follow whatever my personal trainer told me to do. My number one goal was to lose as much weight as I could before I went to Hawaii. I did it. I think I lost about 25-pounds before we left in August and when we came back, I began running to hit my next year’s goal – running and completing a half-marathon race.
- We went to Hawaii in August 2015. What a place. We will be going back.
- Children’s birthday’s and the year-end holiday’s have gone off without a hitch. (Knocking on wood and praising the Lord right now!)
- My husband and I have written goals down for the upcoming year, and I have lofty goals for 2016.
I say bring it.
I hope you bring it too.
As always, thanks for reading.