Thursday, December 31, 2015

Looking Back

2015 ends today y'all!! So crazy!! This was a great year, but I have a feeling 2016 is going to be even better. Here are some of my favorite memories from this year (in no particular order of importance!):

1. I saw three professional sports teams play (four counting the tennis players).
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds
Then I went to the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and saw so many amazing tennis players (including my fave, Roger Federer)!
I love sports so getting to go to one NHL, two MLB games, and a tennis tournament this year amazing!!
2. My niece was born.
And we share a middle name so basically I'm going to be her favorite aunt! I love all of my nieces and nephews but I always gets so giddy when a new one comes into the world!
3. I got to travel this year.
Detroit in January and July, New Orleans in March, Ann Arbor in May, Pensacola in May, Chicago in August. I love to travel so just visiting these places made me so happy! But I have many other places on my list of places to visit in 2016. Most taking me farther west than I've ever been!
4. I turned 25.
Everyone always asks you if you feel any older on your birthday. My answer has always been no...until this year. I actually feel older. Maybe it's the invisible pressure I feel to have my life together. Maybe it's because this is my last year on my parents' health insurance. Whatever it is, 25 makes me feel older, but in a good way! I definitely love being 25.
5. I passed my written exams.
I told myself I wouldn't really talk about this until I passed my oral exam and officially became a PhD candidate, but this was a significant milestone in 2015! I never thought I would finish these exams. They were plagued with a lot of failure, drama, and incredible amounts of stress. But the Lord is good and faithful and brought me through them and to him alone be the glory for that!! (Can I get an amen?!)

These five things stood out the most to me when I think about 2015. But there were so many sweet memories made that were as small as an encouraging note or text from a friend at the exact time I need it.

I pray this next year is full of joy and laughter and adventure for you! I'm looking forward to everything that 2016 will bring! God bless you and have a wonderful new year!


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