Thanks for joining me for my year in review. A lot has happened this year and I think it’s important to remember all of the good AND bad things from the past year and reflect on all of them.
- Losing loved family and friends.
- Being laid off
- Losing health insurance (see #2)
- Denali’s torn ACL
- Moved back to my hometown
- Being laid off
- Traveling to London, Ireland, Stonehendge, Alaska, Montana and Nashville
- Getting engaged <3
- Moving into the new house
- Holidays with my families
- New contract job opportunities
- Actively used my gym membership (and LOVED it!)
- Lived as fully as possible
The majority of my year can be summed up by referencing the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The main character, Walter, redefines himself through a series of events. In the end, being forced to examine himself and his life outside of what he’s known for 16 plus years was the best possible thing for Walter to finally start living the life he was destined for. Part of me loves this movie for its amazing representation of true Wanderlust. Most of me loves this movie for helping me make the choice to take a lay-off in the early summer and return my life, actions and decisions to not only myself, but my love, my family and my friends. Its all too easy to get busy with life that we forget how to LIVE. I am not perfect at it yet but I know I’ve never been happier (and more poor) than I am at the end of this year.
I had the chance to take stock of what truly matters to me in this life. I had a glimpse that few get and an opportunity to make the changes I needed to save my life for LIVING. My goal for 2015 is to continue to take a look at the most important parts of my life and spend my energy there.
A few years ago I finally realized and understood that not everyone is granted the same amount of time on this earth. Far too many are taken away from us too young. I vowed then and there to not speak in vain of any birthday, revolution or milestone that I may reach or surpass. It’s an amazing thing to feel what these words mean: Every day is a gift. And it truly, truly is.
May you chose to LIVE in 2015.