2015-Did it pass you by?

2015. You've dealt me my share of ups and downs with a mix of celebrations and disappointments. But most importantly, I've been able to be in every moment that came my way and that in itself is a gift.

I used to let life pass me by. Anger, regret and attitude would prevent me from enjoying life or spending quality time with people I care about. I'd be at the moment but not really be in the moment; already thinking about the next appointment or engagement or obligation instead of enjoying the current one.

2015 was labeled my "fearless" year. I started the year by mountain climbing Camelback in Arizona; not an easy feat. With each step that took me higher, my fears were minimized and new confidence gained. When I stood at that mountaintop and looked down, I accepted that getting to the top is never easy and it requires faith in each step.

I went out on a jet ski for the first time and released a fear of being on the open water. I have sailed on cruises before or enjoyed dinner cruises but I never felt comfortable and relaxed on water. Although I'm an excellent swimmer, I just never released that fear until this summer.

On the career front, I took some great leap of faiths that have worked out in my favor. Going back into the corporate workforce after sitting out a decade presented its own set of unique challenges but you have to know what you will and won't stand for in regards to employment. Don't sacrifice your morals or self esteem for a paycheck when there are other options. Don't be too proud to get a foot in the door of a company you really want to work for.

I've learned that sometimes the people you love will disappoint you. When you've done all you can, you have to accept it for what it is, hope for the best for them and move on with your life. It's that simple.

As always, with each passing year, you always learn who you can count on when things are down and you might be surprised that those same people aren't there when the tide turns. Some people would rather be your friend as long as you aren't doing as well or better than them. Learn to decipher an acquaintance from a friend. Spend your time and energy on your friends.

2016 won't pass me by. I don't have to set grand goals or use extravagant adjectives to describe my predictions for the next 12 months. I am just thankful that I have had another year to conquer fears, reach new goals, make new friends and most importantly, create a life that I don't have to escape from to find happiness.

Happy New Year to you!


  1. Beautifully-written reflection Crystal! Thanks for sharing. ☺


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