Since the end of 2015 will be here before we know it on Friday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year. Originally I had planned to write a letter to the year 2015 as I felt since it was mainly the biggest transition year in my life thus far that it was a pretty big emotional roller coaster, but I wasn’t really a fan of how it was turning out. I had decided to skip it and just write my goals for 2016, which I had planned to have go up on Friday. But as you can tell that is not what is happening right now due to the title, that is all thanks to my favorite blogger Liv Purvis from What Olivia Did. The morning of me typing this post right now (yesterday if you are reading this right when it goes up) Liv published a post about her anti-bucket list for this year, which left me absolutely inspired. It focused on all the things she accomplished this year, focused on the positive and she acknowledged that there were tough times like any other human’s life but she didn’t want to focus on that. Thank you Liv for showing me the exact way I wanted to reflect on 2015, shit definitely hit the fan but the goods outweighed those occasions and that is what I want to share with you. I decided to incorporate a few of my favorite photos from the year, just to add some reflection. So here is my anti-bucket list for the year of 2015:
-Created Little Random Discoveries on March 28th: Whoop whoop, this is when my first blog post was published too! That one has now been deleted as I went back and reread it, realizing how many times I cringed and I decided it would be best for the world of the internet to not have access to that pretty awful first post. I can’t believe it is pretty close to my blog’s first birthday!
-Graduated College: Another YAY moment! Honestly sometimes it doesn’t feel real, but yes I survived and graduated college.
-Started my full time job: Yay for employment and making money!
-Started actually consistently blogging: This happened in July. When I started my blog in March I really did not have the time to take up this hobby during my last semester. I had 15 credits, was working 10 hours a week for my job, as well as having to do a 10 hour a week internship as a requirement to graduate. My free time was pretty much none and if I did have some, I spent it watching Netflix (no regrets at all, without you Netflix I definitely would not have graduated, I’m not ashamed to admit it ha!). Any who, I decided in July to really start blogging and do two posts a week in order to have a creative hobby while trying to survive the post grad life of transitioning into adulthood.
-Went to Coronado: Coronado, San Diego. I really needed this vacation, in fact I was ready to go back in April. It was a shorter vacation than my family usually does but it was needed and very appreciated. I always enjoy my family vacations in Coronado. Please enjoy this family photo (that is particularly embarrassing for me) that we said would be the Christmas card yet that did not happen…why I don’t know, I think it would have been funny.
-Boyfriend moved down to California: Meeeeppp 🙂 I’m glad to have Sean down in California with me.
-Turned 22: I listened to Taylor Swift’s 22 nonstop for the whole week after this happened. Actually feeling like listening to it right now brb….
-Went to New York: I got to go to New York for four days with my mom and dad this past November. Man did I need that! New York is my favorite place in the whole world. This trip only fueled my desire to move there before I’m 30, if you thought I was determined before I’m at a whole new level now. Sorry Sean hehehehe……
-Celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time with boyfriend: Even though Sean and I have been dating for a little more than three years now we have never celebrated a major holiday together until this year mainly because his family is in Reno and mine is in California. Since he moved down and couldn’t get enough time off work to visit his family I was lucky enough to be able to spend this time with him. It was very nice and we plan on spending both holidays with his family next year since mine had us for both this year.
-Survived the first segment of post grad life transition: this is still a work in progress… ha all jokes aside, I did well for the first six months of this transition even though there were more mental breakdowns than I would have liked and along with some frustrating challenges I know I’m doing really well for myself. I’m employed and saving money for Sean and I to get our own place soon within 2016. I think my biggest challenge honestly is adapting to working 40 hours a week. Before I would work at most 4 maybe 5 hours at a time and basically my work weeks went from 10 hours to 40 right away. I just…. don’t have the attention span for that. Honestly that has been my biggest struggle but I have adapted and still working at it.
I hope you have enjoyed my little anti-bucket list. I’ll link Liv’s here for you to read, I highly recommend it. Let me know a fee things that you achieved this year and I’ll see you on Friday with my goals for the year of 2016. Happy New Year!!