Happy new year! It’s so strange how a year can be so long yet feel so short. Ive been told that time will fly too quickly when you’re older, and they’re right. I can’t believe another year has passed!
This year, I…
- Lost my grandfather
- Visited Sugar Land, Texas to see my family
- Moved from Philadelphia to Lehigh Valley
- Vacationed in Vegas
- Received a new phone and a pet marimo for my birthday
- Went to New York for work
- Started crocheting again
- Vacationed in Boston, followed the Freedom Trail
- Spent a weekend in Philly for work
I went to a lot of trips both for work and fun. That’s pretty cool. I’m already planning my next trip in the spring. Hope it works out!
Did I complete my New Year’s resolution?
Here’s what I said last year:
Keep learning, keep improving. Finally finish my Rails side project. Learn even more recipes. Get a better camera.
“Keep learning, keep improving” is a pretty vague goal, but I think I’ve accomplished it. I certainly know more now than I did last year, both professionally and personally. I’ve grown a lot at work, I’ve been keeping a regular fitness schedule, and my hobbies, both old and new, remain fun and fulfilling. I’ve also grown a lot closer to my friends this year, even if it’s just a short exchange in private. You know who you are. As for my Rails project... hah. Haha. HAHAHAHA. Yeeeaaaah no. I was almost done though! I mainly developed it to get more comfortable with Rails and programming in general, and it did help me understand the concepts more clearly. So even if I never got to ship it, I think it's served its purpose. And I did learn more recipes, partly thanks to Blue Apron. I didn’t stay subscribed for long because it was too pricey, but it was a fun experience overall. Now I just need to learn my mom’s secret recipes. I don’t make food like she does.
Lastly, I did get a better camera early in the year. I’ve been using a Sony RX100 M2. I never wrote a review for it, but I’m mega happy. Pictures are great, and transferring is easy peasy with wireless connection and NFC. The M3 came out this year, so my model has dropped in price if you happen to be looking for a good point-and-shoot.
3 out of 4 ain’t bad, right? I know that’s still a C, but whatever. I passed.
In last year’s review, I did a six selfies collage. I’d like to keep that going for every yearly review. Still changing up my look all the time! I started off the year with dyed black hair, and then I switched to magenta, cut my hair into a bob with straight bangs, went blonde, cut even shorter, and then dyed my hair brown which eventually faded back to dark blonde.
Four Favorite Outfits
I’ve been posting outfits way more this year! Here are my favorites from each season. I did a small no-jeans challenge in the summer and fall where I wore nothing but skirts and dresses. That was a lot of fun.
- Winter: OOTD: Hot Noodles on a Drizzly Day
- Spring: What I Wore: Keeping It Light
- Summer: What I Wore: Heat Wave
- Fall: What I Wore: Transitioning
One Favorite Picture
It was difficult to choose just one picture out of the whole year, but I think it’s this one. Except it’s not technically a picture; it’s a GIF. From a video. Ugh w/e. It’s my baby Beebo being a happy little fuzzball. Man, this summer was awesome.
Goals for 2016
I have a few concrete goals this coming year:
- Buy a sewing machine. I’m gonna stop putting off and start sewing properly!! Once it gets too warm for crochet, I’m gonna switch to sewing. I just need to figure out where to store it in our tiny apartment. :’D
- Do the 30-Day Shred. I’m excited for this! I willingly let myself go over the holidays so I can fully enjoy all the food and drink, so this is the boost I need. I’ve also been needing to shake up my routine. This will probably be more like a 60-day shred for me though since I only work out three times a week. It’s what works for me. Any more and I feel overwhelmed and give up altogether.
- Grow out my hair. I love short hair, but I think I’m done with it for now. Maybe if I’m determined enough, I’ll finally go for classic length hair. The longest I ever reached was tailbone length. I won’t get there for about two years, so we’ll see!
Here’s to another year! It wasn’t always easy, but I’m glad we all made it here. Life is not a novel; it’s a series of short stories. One little thing can completely change your life forever, and who you were before might feel like a completely different person. What you had five years ago could now be nothing, yet look how far you’ve come.
We are all characters in this grand ensemble of life. We create scenes, memories, and dialogue together. We bring forward change. We make each other happy, and sometimes we make each other sad. But through it all, we are not alone. No matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. You have us. We’re here for you. I hope your 2016 will be filled with happiness and prosperity. Signing off 2015 with love, Raisa