Another One Gone: My Recap of 2015


The new year is approaching, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to let the old one go yet. I find that the older I become the faster time seems to pass. But I sometimes worry that I’m letting the memories fade along with the time. So I wanted to take the time to reflect on what 2015 brought me.

At the beginning of 2015 I was beyond excited for Jay to come visit me. He arrived in late January and stayed until the middle of February. Unfortunately the visit wasn’t as nice as we expected, but it certainly was eventful! I contracted a serious case of Colitis due to food poisoning and ended up in the hospital. I’ll spare you the details, but I am only nowstarting to eat pizza again and I am incredibly lucky that Jay was there to help me.

Over the next few months I worked hard at my job to learn more about the industry. I was also chosen to be a part of a small team at work with a special project. It’s definitely not exciting, but it’s nice to feel trusted at work. I’ve learned a lot about my job function and have improved greatly throughout the year.

In April I was invited to join LDRBN. If you don’t know how much I love it then you probably haven’t been following me for long! LDRBN has helped me improve my blogging skills, encouraged new friendships, and really strengthened my relationship with Jay.


The following monthΒ I traveled to Australia to visit Jay. It was my first time traveling alone and, by far, the furthest I’ve ever travelled. Besides the struggle of economy flights for a combined 20ish hours each way and spiders lingering all around me the trip itself was awesome. I went to a really amazing zoo and wildlife sanctuary. I ate kangaroo, went sandsurfing, and even drove a quad on sand dunes! The best part was getting to explore everything with Jay.

The next few couple of months were very busy for me. My good hometown friends got married right before Independence Day. It was a little strange seeing all of these people from high school, but I had a really great time. I’m so happy for my friends and can’t wait to visit them in Hawaii next year!

Less than a month later my brother got married. I had several busy weekends for the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and other wedding festivities. My main task was to get the wedding pinata. Luckily I found just what I was looking for….a giant tiki head pinata! I’m so thankful that Jay was able to make it to the wedding. He was still recovering from surgery and it took him 34 hours to get here, but he made it. I had the best wedding date!


After the wedding, Jay continued on his journey to the Netherlands. He had spent a year in Australia and was heading back to his home country for graduate school. It was a difficult transition because the time difference is drastically different from that with Australia, but we settled into it pretty nicely.

The end of the year was busy with work. All work no play? Well, not exactly. I caught up with some old friends, got closer to new friends, andreally found my groove. Best of all? My horrible neighbors moved out right before Jay came back for a birthdayand Christmas visit!

But what was the best thing to come from 2015? I’m afraid I can’t tell you because I’m not sure myself! It might have to do with my resolve to actually study for the actuarial exams, or how strong the connection between Jay and I still is, my position within LDRBN, or maybe it’s just that I have lived successfully on my own for over a year already. Regardless, 2015 treated me pretty well!

What were your highs and lows of 2015? Whether you made a new friend, travelled somewhere cool, read a great book, or found a new hobby I would love to hear about it!


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