The end of the year brings with it a time of reflection and I'm sure there will be a lot of blogs looking back over the year that has been and almost gone. I think it's good to look back in a positive way - not to regret what's happened, but to look at how far we've come over the 12 months that have passed.
Rather than looking at any bad bits of 2015 (of which there were surprisingly few), I'd like to list some of the really good things that I am celebrating (I'll link a few of them if you'd like more details!)
#1 I changed jobs:
This was a huge step for me - leaving the familiar behind and resigning with no new job on the horizon. The blessing was finding that there were plenty of jobs out there for midlifers and I found a new one a few weeks later. It's been the best thing I could have done for my sanity - leaving the drama behind and freeing up my time for more of what I'd like to do instead of the daily grind.
This is our first grandbaby and it is just so exciting for the whole family. Our son and daughter-in-law were trying for a few months and were relieved when everything fell into place. Our daughter is ecstatic about becoming an aunt and we are over the moon about becoming grandparents. The baby is being referred to as 'Puddleduck' and already has presents under the tree (although there won't be a physical baby to unwrap presents until next year - it's good to get into practice!)
#3 I started a blog:
Actually I started it at the very end of 2014, but 2015 has been the year that I've embraced blogging and other bloggers have embraced me. It's been an eye opener and a wonderfully liberating experience to find that I enjoy it so much and the bonus has been meeting so many lovely fellow blogging friends. I'm really looking forward to what the next 12 months holds.
After the hits my self esteem has taken in the years before 2015, it has been such a nice surprise to find my feet again and to be smiling more. I feel like I'm truly coming into who I really am as a person and not worrying about fitting in to other people's boxes. I have discovered who my true friends are, re-established the footings of my marriage, left the drama of the crappy job behind and I'm just celebrating this second half of life.
So that really sums up my 2015 - it's been a fantastic year in a lot of ways - especially in discovering what is important to me and what to let go through to the keeper. I can't wait to see what 2016 holds in store for me and I am going to enjoy sharing the journey as part of the blogosphere!
#Friday Reflections: Reflect back on 2015 - the highs and lows, the good and the not so good, the surprises and changes.