What a year!
I turned 26 this year, so that’s wild! Another year older, another year over. When I think about new years, I like to think about future old lady Christine. What stories will she gather in the next year to tell when she’s all wrinkly and deaf and her crazy curly hair has all turned grey?
Some things I’m asking myself:
How did this year change me? What did I do that was good? What did I do that I wish I had done better? Did I surround myself with good people this year? How can I be better to the people in my life in 2016?
Some things I’ve learned:
Live and forgive yourself for not always getting it right the first try. Life took SO many unexpected turns this year. It’s important to stop, breathe, and remind yourself to not take it all so personally. I’ve also reflected a lot on the fact that location is arbitrary, but people are fundamental. You could be stuck in what some people consider the shittiest city in the world, but if you’re there with the people you love most, what more could you ask for?
Some things I’ve done:
I got to help teach some amazing bilingual kids how to read in English! I took off abroad again and spent one wild night in Istanbul before making my way back to my beloved Italy. Siena welcomed me back with boatloads of pasta and the formidable Tuscan sun. I spent my summer days playing princess dolls and volleyball with a sweet six year old and her pals at the park and then spent my weekends touring Italy on trains and scooter bikes. I took some real risks and moved from Toledo to Siena to Columbus and as unsettling as it is to look at my bank account, I don’t regret one single moment.
Some things I’m grateful for:
I got to live with my parents again and can I just tell you how amazing they are? Generosity and love runs deep in that little green house. I’m celebrating the addition of so many new people that I care about that I met in 2015. What were we doing with our lives before we met?! I’m also wildly grateful for all of the old friends that I had the opportunity to reconnect with. You all know who you are and man did we have some seriously bad ass rendezvous! Along the way, my travels brought me to New York, Cincinnati, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Chicago, and finally back to Columbus, Ohio. My people: no matter where in the world we meet again–I’m so thankful for you and I can’t wait to see you all and hug you to pieces.
Some things I’m doing:
I’m donating 15 things for 2015. It’s time to get rid of things I don’t need and bring the focus to quality instead of quantity. I’m working on being more present in the moment- even in the moments I’m by myself. I’m so often looking ahead to the next trip, the next day off, the next lunch break, the next big thing, that I’m missing the now. Paydays and holidays are great but I need to remember that Mondays are gifts too.
To me, the passion of this crazy life is absolutely worth it. I have some inklings about what I want for 2016, some I’m proud to proclaim and others I’d like to keep private. (Spoiler alert: I’ve already got a trip planned to go back to Italy in February!) I have no idea what will or will not materialize, but the possibility of it all is intoxicating. Keep on dreaming, my sweet people.
One thing is for sure, this life is so brief and it is passing by so very quickly! I’m 26 now and I’m still enjoying the heck out of my days and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Bring it on 2016, bring.it.on.