2015 Year in Review

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2015 is drawing to a close, and it’s time to take a few minutes to look back and do a quick review. The natural starting point is to see how I did against my Goals:

Be Gentle with Myself

I was put to the test this year with this goal. Without spending too much time dwelling on it – I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June which basically flipped my whole world upside down. For the past 6 months I’ve been dealing with that, which included two major surgeries but thankfully (because we caught it super early) no chemo or radiation. If a health issue doesn’t cause you to put yourself first and be gentle, nothing will! I had to readjust my goals and focus most on relaxing and healing, and thankfully I’m ending the year at the tail end of my treatment and ready for a fresh start in 2016.

Read Books I Love

I did a better job this year reading things that I really enjoyed, although there were a couple books in there that I wasn’t enthralled with but I gave them a good honest try. Some of my favorite books this year included The Martian, Left Drowning and Yes, Please. I did fall short of my overall goal (52 books) and readjusted to meet a new total of 44. I did surpass my Audiobooks goal though (thanks to the Sookie Stackhouse series), and thank goodness for that! I started out in a book slump in the beginning of the year which set me behind. I thought I would have made up some time doing extra reading while I was out recovering from surgeries…but turns out, I just wasn’t motivated and needed to just allow myself to binge watch TV and take lots of naps. I do have a pretty solid reading goal for 2016, which I’ll share in the coming days.

Really Learn to Sew

Well, this is one of the goals that just totally fell by the way side. I had set out to complete the projects in the School of Sewing book, but only got through 1 1/2 of them. And to be honest, I’m not sure this will be a major focus in 2016. I mean, I hope to work my way through a few more projects, but it won’t be a primary goal or focus for me.

Finally Learn to Make Soap

This one I completed and knocked out of the park! I fell in love with soap making! I love the art and science of it. I love the result of a natural product I can feel good about using on my body. I love it so much that I even launched my first bath products under Azalea Pine Bathworks in October. Just this week, we spent a whole day formulating the 2016 plan, and I’m so excited for all the things in store in the new year!

All things considered, I’m satisfied with what I accomplished this year. I know I didn’t crochet, or do paper crafts, or blog very much; but life threw me a curve ball and I ran with it! If I learned nothing else this year, it is to focus on what is most important and to not feel guilty about what you’re not able to do.

I’m ready for new goals, a fresh start, and an amazing 2016!

How was your year? Did you meet the goals you set out to achieve?


  1. Julie S. says:

    You’ve had one rollercoaster of a year but you are awesome and are closing the year out stronger than ever. Here’s to an amazing 2016!


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