Happy New Year!
I can’t believe 2015 has already come to an end. Much like 2014, a lot of exciting things happened in my life and it was definitely a year I will never forget. Highlights included traveling to Dominican Republic with some of my best friends from college, moving back to Traverse City, and of course – the most exciting part of all – building my house!
I’ve been living here for almost four months now and things are going absolutely wonderfully. I LOVE my house – like, literally love everything about it. I have noticed though that it has definitely turned me into more of a homebody; I have only spent a couple of nights away from my house since I moved in. For someone that used to get a petsitter just about every other weekend, that is kind of a big deal for me. But ya know, it’s a nice change and a good feeling to feel settled.
Looking back on the last few years, I can easily describe them in a word. 2012 was the year of graduation. I finished college, passed my boards and started work as a pharmacist, and got my first apartment. 2013 was a year of struggle. My grandpa passed away, my boyfriend and I split up, I started putting on weight, and I got involved with a couple of real idiots who did nothing but make me feel bad about myself. 2014 was the year of travel. Not only did I go on a lot of amazing trips (including The Bahamas, New York City, and Miami), but it was also the year that I MOVED to Grand Rapids. I was all about change that year, and wanted to do and see as much as I could.
This brings us to 2015. It was a little more challenging to come up with a word to describe this past year, but I think homecoming is a perfect fit. In the literal sense, I moved back to my hometown after being gone for a year, where I then built an actual home for myself. In a metaphorical sense, I sort of feel like I started to find myself again after spending so much time “searching.” It’s hard to explain, but for the longest time I was constantly doing different things to try and figure out who I am and what I want out of life. The answer is not always that complicated though; I was turning it into something it wasn’t and ended up on a wild goose chase all the way to Grand Rapids. Not that I regret that move for a second, because I wouldn’t be sitting on my comfy couch in my own house writing this right now if I hadn’t done that. My point is, that I finally feel like I am where I’m meant to be and that now I can just let life happen. I’m happy with what I have, and I’m not stressed about what I don’t have. For once in my life, I am not worried about what’s next.
I obviously don’t have a word for 2016 yet. Although I do have some predictions, I think I’ll just keep those to myself ;). I am looking forward to a year with no major plans (and NO MOVES! YES!), and I’ll be focusing on really making some headway on my student loans that were somewhat neglected last year while I was saving for my house. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me.