2015 It was great

Chereen from For The Beauty Of It shared a post on 2015 where she shared her highlights, life lessons and all that good stuff. This is a great way to end off the year so I thought I would share some things from 2015 which will stay with me for many years.
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I entered the year engaged, a new home owner and I had a yearning to learn new things. I exit the year married, a slightly more experienced home owner and a few new hobbies and skills under my belt. It's because of these things that I would describe 2015 as my first year being a proper "grown up". However being all grown up also teaches you that life isn't always sunshine and roses. 2015 taught me about loss and how being grateful for what you have right now is the only way to truly live because it can disappear in the blink if an eye.

I had high expectations of myself this year and some of these expectations weren't met. This makes me feel bad but I don't like to dwell on it for too long and I'd rather take something away from it. Rethink what you would like to give and get out of the new year and adjust your expectations accordingly. This would be a good time to insert one of my favourite quotes.

"Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no triumphs and tribulations can ever change that. Unconditional self-acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind" - Saint Francis de Sales

I am excited for 2016. It will be a big year for my family and I am excited to share my own joy as well as share in their joy. I will continue to expand my gratefulness for the things, people and opportunities in my life. I also want to focus on giving more. Making myself more available to family, charities and learning that the world owes you nothing, you need to earn what you want by hard work and putting yourself out there.

My final thoughts on 2015? It was a great year! I ended the year in a better place than when I started and this is all I can really ask for. Have a safe and happy new year. Everything in moderation, nothing in excess and here's to a healthy and prosperous 2016!


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