The Year in Review - 2015

Each year seems fly by more quickly than the next, and this year was no different. Most of the year was full of great events, goals and milestones, but there are definitely a few things on which I need to regroup, re-evaluate and refocus. Last year, I chose mindfulness as my "word of the year" which is something I'll continue working on in 2016. Here's my list for the new year:

The Good:

First and foremost, Doug and I got engaged in October and it was the happiest moment of my life. I'm still riding on cloud 9. Everyone told me that it would elevate your relationship and they're right. I have my partner, my teammate and my best friend by my side everyday. I look at my ring, everyday, and smile, remembering the moment vividly. It was, by far, my favorite moment of 2015.

I earned my Power Pilates certification to teach Beginner and Intermediate Mat classes and I love it! I'm teaching a few mat classes a week in Arlington while I'm earning my apparatus certification. It's 600-hours and 6-9 months from start to finish and I've been enjoying the process. This is the first time since college, many, many years ago, that I've had to study, teach and take both practical and written exams.

I was involved with an exciting project with the Michael Phelps Swim School to launch three sites in India. The travel was amazing and the work was fulfilling. Personally, I learn so much from traveling, seeing the world and being exposed to new cultures and experiences.

Needs Some Work:

Blogging and this site: I'm inconsistent with posting and need to make it more of a priority.

Writing/sending cards: My friend Ada is my inspiration when it comes to sending little notes and cards every so often -- it's such a nice surprise to open the mailbox and see a handwritten note from her. It's never been something I've done, but it's something that I'd like to improve on this year. I have the best of intentions when it comes to sending cards and gifts, but I need to make it a priority. I just sent my cousins wedding gift (from June) and have yet to send one to my friend, who was married in November. It's not because I don't care, but I realize it that's the way it can come across.

Time management: Towards the end of 2015, I was efficient with time and have found a system that helps me stay organized. I need to focus on this in the new year and, as Doug says, "be brutally efficient."  2016 is going to be a busy year, that's going to fly by quickly.

Saying "NO": Because I often say "of course, that sounds great" or, internally "ok, how can I make this work" when in fact, I don't have time for coffee/lunch/dinner that day, unless it's to the detriment of something else (ie a late bedtime, missed workout, crossing a task off my 'to do' list.). This year I'll say "no thank you" to the food I don't want when someone offers a bite at a restaurant, "no" things I don't need that will ultimately just add "stuff" to our home and try to guard my time by saying "no, I can't" to things that don't have priority at the top of my daily tasks.

Writing it down seems so official and makes me accountable -- what about you? Do you write it down, share with friends or keep it quiet? Happy New Year friends -- I hope 2016 is our best year yet!