A Year in Review

Twenty Fifteen

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I’m normally pretty terrible with bucket lists, but I didn’t too bad in 2015 when I look back at the list I compiled in January 2015, which you can read by clicking HERE. Instead of compiling a list of annual goals for 2016 I vow to keep track of all the cool things I do this year and share them with all of you at the end of the year. Since I didn’t keep track of the things I did for 2015 I’m going to do my best to summarize some of the more memorable moments.

  • Dec.17, 2015: Traveled to Tucson, Arizona to visit my family for Christmas. This is, by and large, my most favorite of the events/things listed here.
  • Gained and maintained 5lbs! In law school, I’ll never forget when my Legal Writing professor asked me during my first year whether I had lost weight and that she was concerned. Talk about stress. I’ve always been petite but law school took a toll on me emotionally and physically. When I’m stressed I tend to lose my appetite. Since law school, which has already been almost three years ago now, I’ve developed an awesome gym habit, better eating habits and and even better stress control habits. Since law school I’ve put on, and maintained, a total of 10lbs, and I’m pretty excited about that.
  • Graduated to 10lb. weights at the gym and can do several correct, full-body push-ups. It is the coolest thing in the world to see progress at the gym. The turning point for me came when I could finally do a push-up with perfect form. I’ve been pushing myself hard for last few years, and I’m finally starting to see a difference in my strength and tone. The progress I’ve made only makes me want to challenge myself further.
  • February 27, 2015: Celebrated 4 years of marriage with my sweet husband. Time is flying, but I love him more with each passing day. Life is hard. He’s the only person I want to share all of life’s experiences with.
  • November 2015: Took on a leadership role at my church in the Children’s Ministry. More on this in a later post, but I’m really excited about this opportunity. I took on the role to challenge myself in my faith. I also absolutely love having a creative outlet!
  • June 2015: Volunteered at the Cook County Expungement Summit where I provided free legal services to individuals with a criminal record. Many times, criminal records will prevent people from obtaining gainful employment. Expungement and sealing provide hope for these people. It was an incredible experience that I’d definitely like to do again.
  • I read 20 books! I can’t remember the last time I’ve read that many books in a year. Being in school for most of my life took away any desire to read for pleasure. Without school in my life, I have more time to read books I really want to read. I read some awesome ones this year, too, like “The Corner,” “Big Little Lies,” and Eleanor & Park.” I’m hoping to keep up this momentum next year!
  • I did some serious organizing and deep cleaning in our apartment this past year. I donated 5 large bags of clothing my husband and I just don’t wear anymore or outgrew. It felt so good to purge.
  • I completely re-vamped my facial care routine, and it has made a world of difference. More on this in a later post, but I’ve ditched exfoliation, maintained my love for SheaMoisture’s black soap, and mixed my own night cream consisting of rose hip seed oil, coconut oil, and a little bit of organic beeswax. I’ve been eyeing Earth Science’s ceramide lotion for daytime moisture and repair, and I’ll get back to you on how this pans out. I may try organic Shea butter in my homemade night lotion when my current batch runs out. If I have a breakout, which are less these days, thank goodness, I’ve turned to tea tree oil or Burt’s Bees Herbal Stick. I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin.

I’m really excited to see what God has in store for us in 2016. Good or bad, I’ve learned so much about patience this past year.

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