I’ve had this song on repeat all morning, and I have to say I’m just so relieved people are still listening to Justin Beiber… that Never Say Never documentary really stuck with me.
Well, I guess it’s 2016! The end of 2015 kind of snuck up on us: in December, we moved from our tiny abode to an apartment twice its size, Will took four finals and graduated from college, I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings, I got the worst sinus infection of my life, and we went on a 15 day adventure to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Now, we are preparing to celebrate our 1 year anniversary in two days and I’m left thinking… wait, how has a whole year already gone by?
This year has been a whirlwind, which I probably say every year, but I really mean it this time.
A pretty good summary of 2015 in our tiny apartment. Ben feels all of our feels.
We started off 2015 with my bachelorette party, our epic dance party wedding, and our honeymoon to Cabo. I fainted on the last day while on an ATV tour, in a group of 30 tourists, who did not hesitate to tell me, and a terrified Will, that it looked like I had just had a seizure. This lead to a heart test when I got home, and triggered a host of lifestyle changes including cutting out a lot of processed food and eventually, caffeine (I’m still not over it and hoping to add my morning cup of coffee back in at some point in the future).
Taken mere minutes before I found myself on the ground, unconscious, being shaken awake by Will after passing out in the Mexican desert. Best of times, worst of times?
In May, I switched jobs and Will quit his job to take an internship. Our first days were a week apart. In August, Will went back to his school for his final semester, and we moved to one income (mine! boss woman over here!). To be honest, the fall was a s l o g for both of us, Will taking 18 hours and job hunting, and me working long hours when my coworker went on maternity leave. My health also continued to deteriorate, and I moved fluidly from head cold to stomach bug to bronchitis to upper respiratory infection to strep throat to sinus infection. Let’s just say that I was gross to live with, and kept Will up with my coughing so many nights that he ended up sleeping at his aunt and uncle’s house (bless).
But it wasn’t all sniffles and trips to the pharmacy and research paper writing. In September, two of our very best friends got engaged while we hid behind a tree taking pictures. We attended EIGHT weddings, and celebrated God’s goodness to 16 of our friends. We took our niece and nephew trick or treating for Halloween, and spent a whole week celebrating Thanksgiving with our respective families. We ate a lot of frozen yogurt.
A post engagement ‘us-ie!’
2015 will forever one of the sweetest years of my life- it was the year I got married, the year I learned how to budget, cook, and stick to a respectable bedtime (thanks, Will!), and the year I realized that life really is what you make of it, good or bad, easy or hard.
I am thankful for the way that God carried us through this year- providing jobs for both of us, a new (bigger!) place to live, and grace to handle all the crazy.
Aaaand because I love making resolutions, here are mine for 2016:
1. Only buy things that I love.
When I read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,’ I swung wildly between ‘this is genius!’ and ‘this is ridiculous!’ While I am all for the clothes I buy sparking joy, I feel like my expectations are a bit lofty if I’m expecting the same emotion when buying paper towels and drano. And though I do appreciate the very hard work my bra does of holding my boobs up all day, I hardly feel like thanking it when I take it off at night. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that some of that joy is just being intentional about everything I buy, bring into my home, and allow to stay there.
This includes only buying what I need from the grocery store and filling my belly with it instead of throwing it away, being intentional about clothing and apartment purchases and making these purchases with the assumption that I will own this thing for a long time, and valuing all of our possessions instead of stuffing them in storage boxes under our bed.
Living on a strict budget this year has actually improved my relationship to money- I have learned how to prioritize the things I actually do need right now, how to save for the things I want, and how to value the things I buy (skills I definitely didn’t have before I got married!).
2. Stand for an hour a day at work everyday.
I have a freaking STANDING DESK at work and I don’t stand at it. I should resolve to exercise, but I think this is all I can manage right now.
3. Figure out my diet/healthy living situation
Obviously 2015 was the year of poor health- countless doctor’s visits, tests, medications, special diets, tears. However, I am so grateful for the knowledge I have now – I feel like I am starting to understand how my body works and learning how to take care of it. First on the docket for 2016 is an armpit detox so I can officially make the switch to natural deodorant… pray for me.
4. Continue to read 1 book/month.
This is my favorite resolution and I make it every year- I’ve got ‘Pretties’ by Scott Westerfeld cued up next (can’t stop won’t stop on the YA).