Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 vs. 2016

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on here, but as part of my 2016 goals, I want to start blogging again.
Not strictly about my outfits or fashion either. I want this to become the public journal that it was when I started blogging in the early 2000s.

2015 was a semi-uneventful year for me. Nothing really made it an exceptional year, or one that I would cherish and tell someone about later in my life. I didn't get married, I didn't get pregnant, I didn't buy my first house or move to a different state.
However, I did accomplish some minor goals and overcome some struggles. I got my license back after getting a DUI in October 2014, and I was able to drive my car to Davis for work, rather than taking the train and riding my bike all winter. I became extremely close with one of my best friends, Alexis, and I couldn't ask for a better friend in my life. I got transferred to a new store in Rancho Cordova and no longer had to make the tiring commute to Davis - a city I loathed. I finished my DUI classes and got my breathalyzer removed from my car. One of my best friends and room mates moved away, and I had an entirely different living situation in the house we shared. I moved to Placerville and lived alone for the first time in my entire life. I found out that a store would be built in Placerville, and that I am likely going to be the store manager. I went to Chicago, IL for the first time and made a few good friends who shared the same love for Glocca Morra and Into It, Over It as me. I turned 23. I traveled to a few different cities and met some neat people. I went to my first rodeo (pun intended). I helped set up a new store for a week, and I did four overnight inventories for the company. I took my first out of state road trip alone. I watched one of my friends get married. I grew my bangs out for the first time in my life, and now they're down to my shoulders. I bought an organ, and I upgraded from a twin bed to a full size futon.
A lot of times, I would sit on my porch and feel extremely alone. I felt like I didn't have any friends, or any people around me to relate to and feel comfortable around. I dated people that weren't healthy for me. I felt a lot of damn feels.

But for some reason, 2016 feels like a breath of fresh air - despite it being simply a new day.
I'm about to pay off my DUI state fees, which only took about 11 months. I am feeling very grateful for being adamant about paying more than the minimum at this point. I'm going to Seattle in a month, to spend time with my family and get away from California for a little bit. I'm saving up money for either a camper van or a motorcycle. I've made a budget for myself and set financial goals to pay off whatever debts I have. I've realized what is important in the long run versus what is important at the moment, and I'm getting better at deciphering between the two. I plan on getting my own apartment at the end of this year. I plan on traveling more, and taking more solo road trips. I plan on giving more to others when it is appropriate, but definitely not losing focus on taking care of myself. I want to cook more rather than eat out. I want to feel healthy again - mentally and physically. I want to meet new people. I want to meet genuine people.

I have a lot of faith in myself to make this year what I want it. And I'm feeling pretty damn good about it.

Here's to you, 2016. Cheers.


  1. It's amazing what a turn of the calendar page can do for people's outlook on life. I think it's great that you started the new year with new goals, new ambitions, and new look toward your future. Everyone goes through tough days, weeks, months and years, but to set the goals like you have for a new year is really encouraging to hear. Hope the new year treats you well. Good luck with 2016!

    Stephanie Waters @ Chastaine Law

  2. Just because there were no big milestones in 2015, doesn't mean it wasn't a successful year! I'm so glad to hear you got your license back after getting a DUI. That's an amazing milestone. I'm sure that process was hectic and stressful, but look at you now! You deserve a new year of happiness and positive growth.

  3. I think you’re absolutely correct. This is going to be your year because that’s what you already believe. You’re telling yourself to feel better and the world is giving you exactly what you want. The fact you’ve paid off 11 months of that DUI is huge, and in no time you will be looking back at how quickly it past.