2015 in review & 2016 attitudes

For the past three years, I’ve done a year in review and felt now wasn’t the time to break that tradition. It’s allowed me an incredible angle of reflection and has consistently created a moment of appreciation for the rather interesting hobby that is blogging.

So, first things first, THANK YOU. Thank you for giving me a voice, thank you for being a part of this journey with me, and thank you for listening to my amateur antics. I can assure you, the best (& oh so much more) is yet to come. 

Here were last year’s intentions:



Interestingly, this past year was so insanely full, that I don’t think I really looked at these much past February. Even still, here’s a brief self-eval of them:

  1. give more – I definitely gave more by finally getting planted in a church & tithing regularly. At work, we also created the first annual “The Love Run”, which raised money for the Roc Solid Foundation. I also gave more of my time by volunteering + serving, attending youth retreats, & some other things here and there. However, it’d be a far stretch to say I completed any sort of #dosomething challenge.
  2. minimalism – Paying for grad school is enough to make anyone’s budget tight. I cleaned out my closet and gave away clothes and other things at least 3 times, yet I added my fair share of new things, too. By December, I’d created an epic spreadsheet (thanks to my Dad) cracking down on finances, and reaffirming (for the millionth time) “if you can’t manage a little, you can’t manage a lot”. I still have plenty of work in this capacity.
  3. the happiness advantage – It might have been my most consistent year on the road to personal happiness in a long-time. Comparison went out the window, and I started focusing more than ever, on what was important to me. I learned to say no, not just for the sake of saying no, but because I was saying yes to the bigger, resounding voice of my soul. Sounds intense, but it is so, so legit.  By years’ end I’d also gained an incredible boyfriend + best friend, a niece (!!!), & new friend groups. I’d be hard-pressed to not be happy with all of that!
  4. growth mindset – This one might have defined my 2015 more than any of the other intentions. The word “growth” was constantly chiming in the back of my head. There were definitely some low points in the year (at work, at home, relationally, injury, death in the family) that required some serious grit & heart-checks. At the end of last year’s post I also wrote the following words:
Love has a voice. Love has a name. {Jesus}. And He’s a l i v e.
I want to grow deeper in that presence.

It gave me chills to reread that this year in reflection of my spiritual growth, specifically. When you seek Him and invite His presence to be more a part of your day-to-day, you won’t be disappointed. 

This spring, I attended the “Emblem” Young Adult retreat, where I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and had some words of encouragement publicly spoken over me. The memory and recording I have of it still brings me to tears and gives me that pit-of-stomach feeling in the best way possible.

It revolutionized my relationship with God and created an experiential existence of His presence I will never be able to refute. I know it came at a moment of surrender, belief, & saying “yes” to God, above all. It also made me really thankful for newfound relationships that pointed me in the direction of doing exactly that.

5. say yes & go, yo. Done & done. This especially happened more over the last 6 months as my boyfriend and I jumped in the car for a number of road trips, retreats, daily adventures, weekend visits, new environments, and my general determination to become #rideordie. Alas, I still overpack, I still bring snacks (and dark chocolate) everywhere I go, and I won’t say no to a fresh coffee (or matcha) every 5 hours. High maintenance or know what I need? Let’s go with the latter…

But in all seriousness, crisp air and a landscape view of the horizon were exactly what I needed, on a number of occasions, to gain perspective, return to a mental state of rest, and realize there’s a great big world out there that extends far beyond me and my own circumstances.

^ hence, #theadventuresofCPandKV was born

To be honest, I’m kind of glad I forgot about my “list” this year. Sometimes we need a break from rigidity and routine in order to:

“Recalibrate your viewpoint to no longer see unexpected shifts in course as deviations, but to uncover meaning in the detours you never could have dreamed or asked for.”

So as I kick-off the new year, I’ve got a heart full of not things to do, but ways of being. Values, beliefs, & attitudes to live out in my daily operations that will inevitably bring me more joy & success, in each task and season I find myself in throughout 2016.

They aren’t exactly S.M.A.R.T goals (don’t you worry, I’m working on a separate list of those too–ha!) but they are the resolutions attitudes that will enable those goals to come to fruition. They also came about from a conviction of where my growth still lies before me.

So, here you have it, in 2016 I will:

2016 intentions sck

I loved this quote from one of my favorites, Mary Beth Larue, that I think sums it up perfectly:

“All is well, and you will never get it done. Life is supposed to be fun. No one is taking score of any kind, and if you will stop taking score so much, you will feel a whole lot better – and as you feel a whole lot better, more of the things that you want right now will flow to you. You will never be in a place where all of the things that you are wanting will be satisfied right now, [because] then you could be complete – and you never can be. This incomplete place that you stand is the best place that you could be. You are right on track, right on schedule. Everything is unfolding perfectly. All is really well. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun!”

After all, God is the only thing that satisfies longing and breathes contentment.The here & now is and always will be God’s preparation for your future.

source: @pinterest

“May we never forget that the marrow of life will be found exactly where our best-laid plans are overturned, and our journeys most surprise us.”

Happy New Year to one & all. The best is yet to come, so let’s all be:

source: @andrearhowey



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