Today I turn 21 years old. Tomorrow is the last day of the year. Why not combine the two celebrations for one helluva year-end recap? Plus, I’m a sucker for top 10-lists and “best of” posts. Before I get to my recap, here are some fun facts for your Jeopardy/useless knowledge pleasure….
Most popular baby name: Charlotte (girl), Ezra (boy). Ezra was a surprise to me!
Most watched entertainment show: NCIS. No surprise…I love that show.
Most watched television programming: Sunday Night Football (NBC). No surprise again…I watch it every week.
Top trending hashtags: #jobs, #PrayForParis, #BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins (see more here)
Top viral stories: “Is the dress blue and black or white and gold?” It’s blue and black. “The llama escape” and “Pizza Rat.”
Top artist: Taylor Swift
Sports champions: New England Patriots (#deflategate), Golden State Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Royals
Here are more articles to check out: MSNBC, Biography.com
2015 for me? It can be summed up in a few words: change, growth and kombucha.
Like a lot of people, I took some personal and professional risks this year. One year ago I couldn’t have imagined the summer I had in New York. Change will never be easy for me, but is it ever for anyone? Instead of talking and thinking about things for days/weeks/months, I’m learning that I need to bite the bullet and just make the change I want. Now that I’m done with college, I
have a feeling know the next few years will be filled with more changes. I’m glad I was able to “get uncomfortable” this year.
I’m going to look at growth from a few perspectives.
Unfortunately I didn’t grow in height (still that average 5’5″), but I did “grow” in a few ways. I learned I don’t need to workout to be happy (neither do you), that weight lifting isn’t awful, and that setbacks set you up for a comeback. I also learned that self-care should be a priority, especially as I continue to experiment with the ways to feel my best, physically and emotionally. More on that soon…
As for other workout-related growth: I ran 3 half marathons (all with friends and family!) and one 5k, nailed side crow, fell in love with the Megaformer, continued teaching Spinning and, most recently, went through three months of recovery for a metatarsal stress fracture.
2015 was definitely the year of the booch. What did I use to do with the extra $3.99 I now spend per bottle? I guess could ask the same thing about the $10 I shell out per jar of almond butter. Personally, I don’t mind spending the extra money on good food (usually via Whole Foods). It makes me happy and I budget elsewhere.
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Last, but not least, I want to mention this blog. I’m so excited for 2016 but 2015 was a big year for My Healthyish Life. We broke the internet in March when we went public. Move over, Kim K. Some people might not know but I had this blog for almost a year before telling anyone outside of my immediate family. Now I’m no longer embarrassed to share this space. In fact, I’m proud of it and want it to grow. I owe a lot of my optimism and excitement to the blogging community and the friends I’ve made online and met in person (Christina, Georgie and Sarah).
In one quick, run-on sentence here is what I have in store for the blog next year: improved photography, more workouts, easy recipes (from me, the non-cook cook), a stronger social media presence, travel-related posts (hopefully) and more blogger collaborations; all as I enter the heart of life as a twenty-something finding her way. Told you it was a run on sentence…
There’s more to say so thank goodness for 366 more days (leap year!) to get it all out.
Here’s to a great 2015 and cheers to an even better 2016!