As I said goodbye to 2015, I waved to adventure, my one little word for the year.
I can’t tell you how well this word served me.
Adventure colored the whole year from rock climbing to camping to pregnancy to leading work projects to a new blog home to hiking to miscarriage to friendships to reading to traveling outside of the country for the first time.
What is most amazing is that adventure gave me a lens to see my world through, even when things were shitty. Day to day, I thought I was doing OK, but in retrospect, I can see how much of 2015 was in a grief haze – how much of it was tinged by a general sense of being very sad.
When I look back, I see a not-so-great year – one that side-swiped me with grief, loss and major work upheaval. So many amazing things happened to buoy me though, sweeping me up in adventures with H and friends, that if I can peel away the heartache, I see what a magical year it was…
This blog became self-hosted.
I traveled to:
Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre
Virginia for a friend’s bachelorette – at which point I hit my 10th flight in 8 weeks
Boston (for work and a friend’s wedding)
Truckee, outside of Tahoe
Manhattan Beach (stay-cation)
Palm Springs for a weekend
Philadelphia and New York (home for the holidays)
I wrote in Have Love, Will Travel that we decided to travel to Italy after a miscarriage in late December 2014. This was the most popular post I wrote all year.
I got my very first tattoo.
I found out I was pregnant. It was difficult to blog without writing about it and then it ended suddenly at the 12 week mark. I wrote about that experience in It’s Yours To Feel, which became the second most popular post this year.
I attended a Myers-Briggs Certification Training. I went to the library a lot, a little adventure in itself. I read over about 30 books, 5 of which I didn’t finish yet or quit. We had lots of visitors – Chelz, Jo, Steph, KT, my parents, and H’s parents.
In a year heavy with disappointment and loss, I can see how amazing my life is. The privilege I’m afforded is astounding – nature, airplanes, a stable income, a comfortable home, a happy marriage, good friends, travel and good health. All the people I love as happy and healthy as they can be. That first loss weighed me down for so much of the year, but the second loss propels me. I am here for a reason – for one little adventure alone – to live my “one wild and precious life“.