As we head into 2016, let’s take a look back at 2015.
1. RV Camping/ Glamping: This is how to camp if you have allergies! In March, my family took a camping trip to the mountains, and I was hesitant about the enterprise. After all, I can barely go outside in pollen season without repercussions. Forget about being outside 24-7 and inhaling pollen, fire smoke, and mold. Achoo! I didn’t want to ruin the trip for everyone, but having an RV with air conditioning was a big help. I was able to get a break from outdoor allergens overnight, and I ended up having a great time. We’re going glamping again this year.
2. Beach Trips: We are fortunate to have relatives who allow us to use the beachfront condo on occasion. I love the beach. This year, we got to swim with wild dolphins right offshore. Seriously, do I need to continue?
3. The Walking Dead: The Walking Dead has been my favorite TV show for a few years now, and 2015 was no exception. I especially love Carol’s evolution through the years. From ironing in the zombie apocalypse:
4. Riding Fear Free: This year, I made some big strides in cantering my horse. I’ve been certified fear-free for a while, but this year, Darcy and I really got our cantering groove on. Neither one of us gets anxious about it, and we can lope around on a loose rein without tension. It’s so fun!
5. Disposing of the Unwanted: This was a year of purging, removing, and cleaning out things I no longer want or need in my life. I went through closets and sold or donated clothes I didn’t wear, even if they cost a lot of money. I threw out expired cosmetics and lotions. (I know. Gross.) I even managed to part with certain items that I’d always held onto for sentimental reasons (I can’t even remember what they were now) and gifts that I’d always felt obligated to keep. Now, when I look in my closets and cabinets, it’s like going shopping and finding only things I truly love.
Included in this purge was my participation in unhealthy, stressful relationships. We are taught to forgive each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue participating in the relationship that is hurting us. Forgive and let it go. That’s what I did in 2015. Letting go of things and people may sound like something to mourn, but of all the changes I made in 2015, this was the best.