What a year it has been.
Each time late December rolls around, I start stumbling through those strange days between Christmas and New Year’s Day where seemingly everything runs together, and I wonder where in the hell the year has gone. This year, I actually have an answer for that.
2015 has felt incredibly lengthy but also came and went in the blink of an eye. While time rushed by, I managed to have the most monumental year of my life. The year began on a high note, as many of them do, with lots of hopes and aspirations for the coming months. Spring brought a lot of trials and tribulations, opportunities and disappointments all the same. I closed more than a handful of doors in my personal life that would set the tone for the rest of the year. Fittingly so, spring was a period of rebirth and metamorphosis. I spent most of the summer discovering myself, planting deeper roots, strengthening friendships and starting new ones. I feel as though I came into my own, for the first time in my adult life, and I’m standing stronger on my own two feet than ever before. I launched this little website late in the summer, which was an arduous process, but nonetheless rewarding.
I taught myself HTML, guys. *insert nerdy glasses emoji*
Fall brought a handful of professional opportunities my way. I joined the lovely ladies at Thread Cincinnati, I began my involvement with Boot Campaign, and I started a new job. When I said this year was monumental, I was not kidding.
Now here I am, just as winter has started, reflecting on the year that now sits behind me. 2015 in absolutely no way unfolded as I would have expected it to, but I couldn’t be more thankful for that. If you had told me in January that in December, I would be where I am right now, I would have told you you’re absolutely batshit crazy. This year has been filled with extreme joy, severe disappointment, olive branches and bridge burning. I’ve reconnected and made amends, I’ve explored my own city. I even joined Snapchat!
I can truly look back on this year with the fondest of memories and say that this has been my best yet. I have set myself up to ring in 2016 with the best of friends, and there is no doubt in my mind that next year holds a whirlwind of amazing things to come.
What’s that? Resolutions?
I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. I think it’s always a spectacular idea to approach a new year with a fresh perspective and optimism, but I don’t think it’s the time to make an abundance of goals and vows to change one thing or another. When the time comes for you to make a change in your life, whether it’s moving, starting a new job, or ending a relationship – you will know when the time is right. I would know. This all happened for me this year. Don’t set yourself up with a daunting task at the start of a fresh new year and say that you need to reach X goal by Y month.
That being said, there are a few things I’d like to accomplish in 2016. I’d like to finally read 10 books in a year. But since this is a beauty blog, we’ll focus on that for a moment:
- Wash my face every single night, or, at the least, remove my makeup with a wipe
- Visit a dermatologist and develop a tried and true skincare routine
- Get my shit together and post on this blog regularly 🙂
- Upload my first YouTube video
Thank you all for the support you’ve given me and this blog this year. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. I hope you stick around in 2016 and come back often.
It’s going to be good.