Before I start making resolutions setting goals for 2016, I figured I should spend a few minutes taking stock of the last year. You know what they say, you have to pat yourself on the back once in a while!

Slow Family Online Jar
From Slow Family Online 

So I didn’t do this ⇑⇑, but maybe I will in 2016. Or maybe I’ll just blog about it …  Anyhew, here are the things that were good, brought me joy or are worth celebrating from 2015. In no particular order.

  • Started to blog regularly, and more than that, a few people actually find what I say interesting!
  • Started reading blogs and found that there are hundreds, thousands, millions of people writing really interesting things. I may not agree with every blogger, but it sure it great to see so many people who put their passion and energy into something that doesn’t involve television or video games.
  • Actually committed to, trained for and completed the 10k Peachtree Road Race. Along the way I had training runs of over 7 miles. 7 freaking miles!
  • Got consistent with weight training and managed to haul my butt out of bed early twice a week to be tortured by a perky 26 year old who cannot imagine that I was once young and slim like her.
  • Cut my hair shorter, which surprisingly makes me smile every day.
  • Since my office has moved, I feel pretty dang giddy as I walk across the bridge and see 10-lanes of gridlocked traffic on the interstate below. (Not really my accomplishment except for the decision to take a job where I can commute by foot.)
  • Took a long vacation to my hometown which helped me to feel more connected to my family than I have in years. It also made me happy to come back to Atlanta to my home.
  • Travelled a LOT – Florida, Pasadena, Chicago, Calgary, Maine, plus not one but two cruises. Sometimes it’s good to be married to someone who travels for work : Delta miles, Hilton points!
  • In spite of my background as a political hack, I have watched not one single political debate which has kept me happy and positive. La la la la la – I can’t hear ANY of you!  Canada is definitely on to something with that 59-day campaign period.
  • Started sewing again and rediscovered something that brings me immense joy.
  • And probably the biggest thing, I found Marie Kondo and her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m writing a blog post just on this one thing because it has set off a long chain of dominoes.

IMG_1738With the good there is the bad, and probably the most traumatic thing in 2015 was losing my kitty, Guinnie. Silly I know, but I can’t think about her without choking up. Several animal charities have benefited because she would like other feral cats like her to have the chance for a good, safe, loved life.

What good and happy things are you celebrating this December 31st?




One thought on “Taking Stock

  1. Great list Janine! I’ll have to make one myself. I read Marie Kondo when you recommended so highly…started reorganizing and decluttering per her suggestions and so far it’s wonderful. If I could only get my husband on board..sigh…
    Have a Happy New Year! ~Elle

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