Looking Back at 2015

Happy holidays everyone!

I am back and excited to be here. I've got a new design just in time for a new year. I thought I would return with a look back on my year.

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What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
I went to my first religious trade show! I attend three of them a year now, since I handle the religious market at my job.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions?
2015 Resolutions:
Make Healthy Choices - This is always a challenge for me. I love the stuff that's 'bad' for you. Pizza, diet coke, chocolate chip cookies...yummy!  I'm a work in progress ;)
Pay Off Debt - My goal in 2015 was to be debt free by March. That didn't quite happen.
Back Off Of Facebook - Ugh...I can't stand Facebook.  I actually deleted it twice over the summer and wrote an entire post about how FB is my nemesis {here}.  I'm still on Facebook, but I really try not to use it. There are some days, however, where I can't take my eyes off of it.
Read 20 Books - I actually read 22 books!
Watch Less Television - I've been pretty good about this and usually have the television off by 8pm and then I read a bit before going to bed.
Journal Every Day - I haven't been journaling every day, but it has still been on a regular basis.
Be Grateful - Every day!

Will you make more in 2016?
2016 Resolutions Goals:
Get my weight down once and for all
Debt free by 33 (August)
Read 30 books

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?
December 1st is when I adopted my kittens!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving into my apartment and becoming a fur-momma.

What did you get really excited about?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios!!!!!! It was amazing!!!!!
Taylor Swift in concert at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC {recap post here}
Britney Spears Live in Las Vegas!
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What song will always remind you of 2015?
Adele's Hello

How will you be spending Christmas?
I am hosting Christmas at my apartment and am making dinner. No Turkey in my house! I'm making Cornish Hens, Sausage/Apple/Acorn Casserole, Roasted Rainbow Carrots, and Crescent Rolls.  Mom is bringing Green Beans with Fig Vinaigrette and an Apple Pie. It's going to be scrumptious! After dinner we will be heading up to the IMAX 3D theater to see Star Wars.

What were your favorite TV Shows in 2015?
Vampire Diaries, Orphan Black, and Jane the Virgin

What were your favorite Movies in 2015?
Jurassic World was hands down my favorite movie of the year!

What was the best book you read in 2015?
The Whole30 was the best one, because it taught me sooo much! You can see all of the books I read this year on my Goodreads page.

What did you do on your birthday?
I turned 32 this year and for my birthday I went to a Salem Red Sox game with my friends and family. We had a great time, ate ice cream and watched the fireworks after the game!
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What is a valuable lesson you learned in 2015?
     When it comes to relationships, the first thing we must remember is that they must be life-giving rather than life-depleting. Some of us struggle because we have allowed relationships to flourish that are full of toxic emotions such as negativity, criticism, comparison, jealousy, insecurity, and fear.  We can't pursue God's purpose for our lives if we are constantly weighed down by negative relationships.  Let's evaluate the relationships in our lives and build those that helps you work toward our purpose and destiny.  Determine which ones have the biggest influence on us, which ones help us and which ones hinder us, and which ones encourage us to know God more every day.  Choose friendships that are full of life!
     A dear friend of mine posted that on her Facebook wall in December of 2014.  Unfortunately this particular friend and I had a falling out and haven't spoken in some time. The words she wrote are very true, but that doesn't make them any easier.  Letting go is no easy feat. You can only believe and have faith that what's for you will not pass you.  I truly believe that if something, or someone, is meant to be in your life, then it will be.

I hope you all had a wonderful year! Here's to 2016!

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