2015 · memories · positive

2015: My Greatest Year Yet

As we’re wrapping up the first week of the new year, I’m deep in thought about all the great and wonderful things that happened in my life in 2015. It was definitely “one for the books,” as they say (who are they?)!

2015 started as I was coming out of one of the hardest times I ever had in life. I was broke and having the hardest time thinking my way out of any situation that most of us would think is no big deal…because of the stress of dealing with consequences from decisions past. However, at the end of 2014, I made decisions to change things. I had no idea how it would happen, but I knew I had the potential for a different life; one where not every day was a struggle. One where, instead of having so many things wrong in my life that I needed to fix, I would have my life in order so I could make a difference for others. I’m happy to say that my life is better today than it ever has been. 2015 was the platform on which I’m able to build.

There are so many areas of our lives to manage. Mine is no different. Family. Friends. Finances. Food. Fitness. Dating. Business/Career. All of them had to undergo some construction, but it was my greatest year yet. Here’s why:

Finances:

  • I learned a ton about financial priorities, wealth management, and money overall…but best of all,
  • I got out of debt!! That’s $37,000+ that was on my shoulders, now GONE!! I’m so grateful!

Family:

  • I had the chance to get closer to my Grandma June before she passed away in June,
  • I got to spend some time with my Uncle Jay, who I hadn’t seen in 13 years, and
  • I got to see my Cousin Greg and his wife Cathy and 3 (awesome!) kids; the last time I saw Greg and Cathy were when they got engaged, in 2002.

Friends:

  • I got closer to all of my best friends, Stephanie, Brannon, Adam, David, Tram, Bryan, and Emily and
  • I got to see my friend David for the first time since we studied abroad together in England, in 2008.

Food:

  • I made the decision to eat to live, not live to eat,
  • I changed my relationship with food. Instead of eating what I want, whenever I want, I try to limit junk food to once a week, and
  • I am eating as if my body were a machine.
    • You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel into your car, would you? You could tear up the engine that way. Our bodies are the same way. I realized this and changed my habits because I want to live a long life free of health problems that catch up with so many, later in life.

Fitness:

  • This goes along with the Food section, but I decided to treat my body right and
  • I want to find out its limits and see how fit I can get! 🙂

Dating:

  • I made the decision to let go of someone early in 2015 who wasn’t right for me,
  • My decision to remain pure was tested (big surprise!) and it resulted in a boyfriend leaving…but for the better, and
  • I spent most of the year single, not worried about dating or liking anyone. I just wanted to get “me” in order and let things happen naturally.

Business:

  • As an entrepreneur, things never grow fast enough for me, but I can say that 2015 brought some amazing foundational growth and
    • I understand more about priorities for my business(es) and myself as a part of those businesses. It’s a tricky thing sometimes!
  • I learned more about my personal limits and what I will do to grow. I respect myself more as a result!

Acting (career):

  • I filmed my first non-extra role in a movie, Respite Care, currently in post-production,
  • Got a role in another film, Rolling Thunder, to begin production this Spring,
  • Helped a friend get cast in a film; he then told me I should be an agent *pat on the back*!, and
  • Began filming for The Neighborhood, a web series my best friend Stephanie and I co-produce.

Writing (career):

  • Made a LOT of progress in the novel I’m writing (more on that in the future),
  • I was begged by my writing teacher to apply for scholarships to a summer writing program, and
  • I made the decision to finish my novel soon! It’s almost a surreal feeling, which I’ll also touch on in the future.

As you can see, it was an amazing year. I love sharing good news! 2015 was not without challenges and times on uncertainty, but it was the best year I’ve had…yet!

2016 holds even more potential. They say, “the sky’s the limit,” but I say there’s no limit. God will use me however He sees fit. This is only the beginning! 😉

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