2015- That’s a wrap!
2015 was a cheetah of a year. It flew by like none other! Over the last 365 days I’ve had my fair share of splendid days. From joining Divine Comedy, to being a bridesmaid 6 times, to traveling around the states. I’ve also had a plethora of terrible days. These include being homeless, jobless, and carless in California to experiencing heartbreak while being a bridesmaid 6 times.
Like every other basic white girl, I’m excited for the opportunities 2016 has in store. I’ll be going to Germany for my dream internship, I’m going to start vlogging (hold your happy tears), and I’m committed to writing more frequently in this blog. But before I can move forward, I think it’s critical to take one last look at what I learned in 2015.
On Instagram everyone is posting their #bestnine. For those of you off the grid, that’s a collage of your top nine liked photos from 2015. Here’s mine as an example:
While this is all fine and dandy, some of my actual BEST moments of 2015 weren’t broadcast on social media. Can you imagine that? A 22 year old girl who doesn’t have her whole life ONLINE?! The audacity! Believe it or not, I actually spent one ENTIRE month off social media. Yeah, crazy, right?! And get this, I actually really liked that month. I don’t hate social media (I’d be a little hypocritical writing a personal blog post about that) but I do think moderation is key. With that being said, I want to share with you my #influentialnine. These are 9 photos that never made it to social media to garnish a plethora of likes, yet they mean the world to me. They are, after all, what I will take away from 2015.
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2015 Influential Nine
This is the most recent of the 2015 photos; it was shot on Christmas Day. My family is by all means not perfect, but are imperfections balance each other out. We're like that feeling you get when you've been cold and all of the sudden you are warm. It stings your skin, but leaves you feeling better.
At the beginning of the school year we took a friend trip to SLC. I shot this model shot of our group, affectionately known as The Penthouse Pals. 2015 was the year we were all able to reunite after our missions and boy was that a blessing!
Welcome to the club!
As I wrap up the year, one of my closest friends has ended up being one of my newest. We met at a wedding and at my constant nagging, I made him hang out with my friends and me. This photo is from August, when we were stranded at the Salt Flats. He had such a positive attitude about the whole situation and really turned it into a great day instead of a dehydrated disaster. That was life changing for me.
I spent the better half of 2015 nannying, first in Utah then in California and ending in Washington. I spent time with kids from 8 months to 17 years and everything in between. I learned that there's not one perfect way to parent and that each child requires unique things. I'm amazed at our Heavenly Father, who knows this all too well and helps us on an individual basis.
I'm grateful for all the powder days I was able to spend with my little sisters. When I'm skiing I feel free and open. It's these little moments with my sisters that I will treasure as we get older.
The Return of J. Scott
2 years apart did nothing to change my heart. I was blessed to have a week overlap in California with J when he returned from his mission. Although 7 months have past and much as changed, I'd be a fool to think this wasn't a 2015 highlight. People are in your life to either be a blessing or a lesson, and if we allow them to, BOTH.
When I ended up being homeless, jobless, and carless in California, Hannah and her generous family turned my experience into something wonderful. I'm forever grateful for the lesson I learned under their Palos Verdes' roof.
The most spontaneous thing I did this year was take off to Chicago in the middle of a school week. I found rt tickets for $38 and I couldn't help it. This is a photo from the first night, it was POURING and frigid. Most people would've hated being outside but I was loving it. The city was abandoned and beautiful. I couldn't get enough of it!
Comment below with one of your favorite 2015 memories!
Thanks for reading, cheers to a great year,