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It’s been a year since I made a post, so might as well start again with a year in review!

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
Ran a half marathon, gave a TEDx Talk, won a university-wide award, threw a baby shower, grew carrots in our garden, successfully made carbonara, presented an academic paper at a conference, pet a penguin, went to BeerFest, went to a Comic Con, grew potatoes in our garden, got accepted into a doctoral program,

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year?
I did and yes!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
So many babies! Sarah had Aggie, Kelsey had Ainsley, Megan had my niece Raegan and Corrie had Annabelle!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US of A this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
A baby…time to start calling doctors.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched on your memory and why?

February-Accepted into EDL program

April 24th-Honored with Women’s Leadership Award

April 25th-Gave TEDx Talk

May 3rd-Ran half-marathon

July 20th-Raegan born

October 10-12-Trip to Seven Springs for 5 year anniversary

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running the half-marathon…I did a lot this year that I am really proud of, but that is something I never thought I would.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not continuing to run after the half.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
So many presents for Raegan!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Matt, my co-workers and supervisor, some of my students, my friends, my cohort

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
some of my students, some of my family

13. Where did most of your money go?
Bills and traveling….both worth it.

14. What did you get really, really excited about?
The TEDx talk, running the half, NWSA, Raegan being born

15. What song will always remind you of 2014?
There’s not a song that sticks out this year.

16. Compared to this time last year are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter
iii. richer or poorer? richer

17. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising after the half-marathon!

18. What do you wish you’d done less of?
worrying about things I can’t control

19. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the family

20. Did you fall in love in 2015?
I already was and still am….Matt is the love of my life and always will be.

21. How many one night stands?

22. What was your favorite tv program?
Basically, Shondaland. Although Fargo was awesome, the last season of Justified, became obsessed with Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate at this time last year?

24. What was the best book you read?
I really loved The House We Grew Up In and I am currently obsessed with Church of Marvels and may finish it before midnight!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Didn’t really have one.

26. What did you want and get?
Motivation to run the Flying Pig Half

27. What did you want and not get?
A baby

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Wars!

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 33! Went to the office and did work and then went to Cru with Matt after work…very low key.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Staying healthier

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Business casual with athletic

32. What kept you sane?
Matt, my co-workers, Sarah, Sarah, Joe, Rob

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jennifer Lawrence is awesome

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
reproductive justice, the election

35. Who do you miss?
A lot of people

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Joe, my cohort-mates

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
It’s okay to ask for help and you should do it when you need it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Now for resolutions (Italics are 2014′s, then responses, then 2015 will be at the bottom):

2015 Resolutions:

1. Don’t beat myself up about weight loss. For the past two years, I have talked about losing weight and every year I beat myself up for not doing it. No more…just focus on being healthy. If the weight comes off while doing that, well great, but it’s not the focus.

I will continue to do this…it means a lot that I am not focusing on weight loss, but on healthiness.

2. Run a strong Flying Pig Half Marathon. The important part is that I finish.

Was my half-marathon super strong? No. But did I finish and did I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when I crossed that finish line? YES. It was so worth the long runs, the injuries, the bruised toes, the freezing cold and everything to get that medal.

3. Continue to focus on being a supportive family member.

I think I did this…at least I hope I did! It was a busy year for some of my family and I hope they felt like I supported them even when I was far away.

4. Take my student group to the next level.

OH yes….they have done so many amazing things over the course of the past year. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2016!

2016 Resolutions:

1. Don’t beat myself up about weight loss. For the past two years, I have talked about losing weight and every year I beat myself up for not doing it. No more…just focus on being healthy. If the weight comes off while doing that, well great, but it’s not the focus.

2. Talk to health professionals about my health issues.

3. Run a strong RA selection process. We will have the largest RA staff ever this upcoming year and I need good folks to fill those spots!

4. Take time to read for pleasure and not sit in front of the television with my iPad every night.

Here’s to a new year…I hope it is happy and healthy for all!