When looking back on 2015, at first glance I’m tempted to say “2015 sucked. Let’s forget about it.” 2015 wasn’t an easy year for us and I can’t say that I’ll miss it much. Here are a few of the things that made 2015 a tough one:
- Got bronchitis, which wiped me out for nearly a month
- Greg’s grandma passed away
- Walked with friends and family going through a variety of hardships
- Accepted the “Big I Word” diagnosis: Infertility
- The “reliable” car died on a roadtrip
However, I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. When taking a longer look back over the year, I realize that there were so many good things that happened and so many moments I’ll remember with fondness. I don’t want to dwell on the hard things and forget the wonderful ones. So here are a few of my highlights from the year, gifts from God and His work in us:
- Found that a ketogenic/primal eating style is what works best for my body
- Started regularly attending a weekly BodyFlow class (mix of Tai Chi, Yoga & Pilates)
- Began seeing a naturopathic doctor and receiving weekly acupuncture
- Travelled to so many places! San Francisco, Sacramento, Dallas, The Black Hills, Chicago & Denver
- Attempted a rock wall (it was an epic fail… I will conquer it in 2016!)
- Several trips to my in-laws’ cabin
- Began reading the entire Bible; I’ve read about 55% now
- Set my bus ride to and from work as my time to read the Word
- Received new spiritual gifts
- Gained a deeper understanding of and relationship with the Holy Spirit
- Bought a euphonium and a keyboard so I can make music again
- Made new, forever friends
- Got to see so many friends get married and have babies!
- Started a new job in July at a different university
- Started writing this blog!
I don’t want to stay in a pessimistic place, looking back on 2015 as a “dark year.” I know that my God uses all things for our good and His glory and brings beauty from ashes. So I’m just going to rest in that and wait to see what He does with our hard stuff. And in the mean time, I’ll be thankful for the good stuff.
Later this week, I’ll be sharing some of my goals and hopes for 2016. I’m more than excited for a clean slate and a fresh start!