Happy 2016 everyone! I hope you had many happy times over the past few weeks, with holidays, festivities and all.
Before I dive into things I’d like to accomplish in 2016, I wanted to reflect a bit on the year that was 2015.
2015 was a big year, with some big events, and lots of little lessons.
Big Life Things:
I went back to school.
While never the plan when I was in university, once I was out and in the “real world” I was searching and searching for… something. Even after I figured out grad school might be the answer it took a couple missteps before I landed in what turned out to be my dream program: the St. Francis Xavier adult education graduate program. I say surprisingly because I originally avoided this program because of it’s self-directed and research based nature; I wasn’t sure I’d be up for that challenge. Then I remembered I’
m not very good at don’t enjoy following directions too much so maybe a self-directed program would actually suit me well. The three weeks I spent on campus to start the program were the best educational experiences I have ever had – and I mean that: The. Very. Best. Ever. Even since being home and away from the amazing new friends and support network I made (though thank you social media for keeping me a mere computer away) and with moving and general life busy-ness, the work has been enjoyable and fulfilling in a way I never imagined.
Moving. Is. Hard. Let’s admit that. I’d been living in my last home for three years, which is the longest I’ve ever lived any where. While life was good there, I knew deep down it wasn’t my “forever home”. To be fair I don’t know if where I’m living now is my forever home, or if I’ll even be someone with a forever home. What I do know is the older I get the harder moving gets, and the less tempting it becomes. Still, despite wanting to avoid moving (cause it’s hard) I knew I was missing something in my last home. Being a bigger city now, it’s become clear I do like having the convenience of things like a year round pool with a lane open all day, and gym classes with instructors, and a variety of sports I either have loved for years (Ultimate Frisbee!) or always wanted to try (Roller Derby!). A library open all day, a cute downtown center and even shopping nearby. I also like having more restaurants, farmers markets, and a better “food scene”. All these are little things that just generally add to my quality of life.
Little Life Things:
This isn’t really a numbered list, but 2015 was filled with lots of little lessons that have added up for me. Little reminders about what I need for base line happiness, who I am and what I really want to do with my life. I can’t say it’s all shaken out – so excuse me for avoiding details on the blog – but things are going along as they do. Sometimes I wonder if this is life – a constant rehashing of yourself and trying to find a balanced center (that maybe just doesn’t exist). I definitely feel like I am in flux in a few areas of my life, but in a way that feels like the answers are just around the corner, and not something entirely unknowable. It’s these little life lessons that have inspired what I want to work on this year…
I definitely have a few specific areas where I want to see change happen, and where I’d like to dedicate the time and energy that change and growth really takes (small lesson from this year: big things need TIME which means I need to be PATIENT). So what’s coming for 2016? That’s for another blog post (soon, promise!). Until then I hope your 2016 has been great so far, and hopefully it continues that way.