It's the last day of 2015 and, like many people, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on the past year. I even re-read this post from last January where I shared my goals for 2015. Overall, this year was pretty stellar. If you average out all life's ups and downs, I would say that 2015 was my best year in a while. It was definitely better than 2013 and 2014 when I worked three jobs, gave myself a repetitive strain injury from overwork, developed insomnia, and almost had a nervous breakdown. It was also lightyears better than 2012 which will be forever remembered as The Worst Year Ever.
Don't get me wrong, the last three years have had many wonderful times as well and I've got a pretty awesome life, but 2012-2014 were not the easiest...
2015 however was a whole different story.
The year started with a lot of uncertainty as I waited to find out if I would be going back to school. What exactly I would be studying and whether I would do a master's degree or a college postgrad were all up in the air. I really didn't know what I wanted until the letters arrived in the mail and suddenly I knew what I'm supposed to be doing. 2015 marks a significant step on my journey toward becoming a full-time writer and I've re-committed myself to that dream. This was the year that I stopped working full-time in non-creative fields and began writing every day (or almost every day...) to achieve my goal of writing a book. For the first time in a while, I feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be, doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.
Speaking of my "day-job", 2015 was also significant because I got promoted at work to a position I really enjoy that will help further my ability to support myself and my writing. I may not work in hospitality forever, but I really enjoy being a part-time restaurant manager and no matter where life takes me I'm building significant management experience to fall back on.
All that being said, one of the most important things I've done this year is find a healthy balance between the work that pays my rent and the work I am passionate about on a deeper level. Finding this balance has made me a happier and healthier person overall and I am able to give each type of work the time and energy it deserves. Not working full-time at the restaurant is the best decision I've made for my creative career, my overall happiness, and my satisfaction with my work... even if it means being a little more careful with my finances.
My new year's resolution for 2015 was "be healthy." By this I meant to encompass a holistic approach and focus on everything from physical to psychological to emotional health. I usually don't remember my new year's resolutions by March or April, but this one stuck with me all year and I think I did ok. I could have done a lot more toward being healthy, but I'm in a much better place than I was this time last year. I would give myself a passing grade on the New Years Resolution Report Card. Certainly not an A+ but not an F either.
I didn't work out that much compared to most people, but I spent more time at the gym in 2015 than I ever have in my life... so that's an improvement. I took care of some lingering health issues, I started eating a little healthier, I started meditating, and got back into yoga. All these little things, combined with finding the right balance between work, play, and writing mean that 2015 wins the award for Best Overall Happiness.
Next year I'd like to do even better: meditate more, work out more, do more yoga, eat more salad. But I don't believe in having the same resolution two years in a row, so now it's time to look forward to 2016 and set some new goals!
2015 was great so let's raise a glass tonight and celebrate! Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year's Eve!