A Look Back on 2015

As everyone is saying this time of year, where has the time gone!? As I was looking at my calendar this morning, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on 2015 - the celebrations, the failures, and everything in between. 

2015

  • For the first time in years, I didn't travel outside of North America (a seemingly rare occurrence)
  • Our family took two road trips this summer, which is more than we've ever done, since.. well ever. 
  • I watched my brother's soccer Provincials (equivalent to State) and got too emotionally invested and still claim they should have made it to the finals!
  • My side hustle 
    • I got my first paid client!
    • I finally revamped my website (the current layout)
    • My favorite freelancers (Breanna Rose (Rowan Made) + Jen Serafini (Serafini Creative) released their first Be Free Lance course - which is a wealth of knowledge about freelancing and being your own boss. 
    • I attended a local Bloom Gathering hosted by Yellow Conference attendees Nikki and Nicole (owners of the bloomerie)
    • Created posters for VOICE, my friend's new company, that is building a better marketplace by providing a new way to shop
    • Photographed my second engagement session for some of my best friends
  • Roadtripped to Chicago with my best friends to see our favorite author, Shauna Niequist, release her new devotional
  • Graduated my senior high small group girls + started my third year of youth staff 
  • Attended our annual friendship retreat 
  • I got a mentor as well as becoming one myself
  • I learned to initiate depth and intentional community 
  • Sent out my best friend and her husband to live in South Africa for a year 
  • Tried to keep my perspective on singleness godly and Christ-centered
  • Celebrated weddings and engagements as well as mourned the passing of a beloved friend's parent 

2016

  • Be present 
  • Travel 
  • Love deeply and intentionally
  • Say yes to the things God is asking me to do instead of asking 'why me' & saying 'yes, Lord, here I am' [from a Moses response to a Samuel one]
  • Say no more often
  • See my sister graduate from college!