Year 25 has gone quicker than any year yet. I assume that we keep saying that year after year after year. About this time and right around Christmas I take a look at what happened over the course of one year, reflecting on the challenges, the victories and everything in between.
I started writing my Friday Fives because I wanted to capture everything that was happening in my life; I don’t have the best long-term memory (or short-term for that matter), so putting it into text & slapping a photo along with it has done wonders.
Last year, I posted 25 for 25, a page devoted to the 25 things I wanted to accomplish from November 21, 2014 to November 21, 2015. I crossed things off as I went and then recognized halfway through that some of the goals simply wouldn’t ever get crossed off. When making that list, I would have never fathomed the intensity of grad school, launching POP UP YOGA DSM, getting promoted, finding an incredible partner in crime, or my involvement in unanticipated projects. Those things shifted so much of how I spent my time and how I went about my life journey.
I’ve had moments of serious doubt and other moments where I was so proud of the person I am becoming. I’ve spent hours feeling bad about what I said to someone and other moments forgiving myself instantly for saying something that was perhaps a little harsh, but true. I started saying no like a boss and canceling plans with people who didn’t make me feel more full of life.
Like any other year, I’m learning. About 2-3 years ago, I was extremely driven by goals. Today, I’m more driven by desires and curiosities. The 25 for 25 list is goal-driven, but also layered with desires. Doing the Desire Map and constantly reading articles and self-help books has given me the chance to understand who I am and find a deeper sense of empathy for myself (which is really hard btw). I’m finding grit and grace, tenderness and toughness, softness and strength. My constant reminder to myself:
Will I do a 26 for 26? I don’t think so. Unless it’s 26 of the best pictures of my cats. Or 26 different hair colors I’ve had since eighth grade. Or what about 26 quotes from Mean Girls?
Anyway, thank you for being on this adventure with me. I’m excited to write my 2015 review next month and continue celebrating all of life’s goodness. <3