Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 in Review, Part I

Merry Late Christmas, friends! And happy almost New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful time last week! Mine was full of time with family and sweet presents from my parents, siblings, and grandparents. It was followed by a crazy day working at Anthro during our after-Christmas sales (complete with an evening of tornado warnings!), so I was very thankful for Sunday's day off to stay home through the thunderstorms. I've finished my 2016 PowerSheets goal setting prep, which I'll be sharing soon, and had lots of time to look back over this year.



Goodness, 2015 was certainly a good one. 
My words of the year were BRAVE and GOLD.
I set goals for the year that were both met, attempted, and let fall to the wayside. 
I hosted The Second Annual Blog-tember Challenge and survived! ;)
I started my journey with Young Living Essential Oils, and I've loved every minute of it.
I cut off all my hair into a 1920's bob for a show and only freaked out a little... or a lot. 
I traveled to Nevada, Colorado, South Carolina, Indiana, and Washington.
I attended both Hope Spoken and The Influence Conference, and they rocked my world!
I completed my first year of graduate school, performing in These Shining Lives as Catherine.
I started my second year of graduate school, directing Almost, Maine as my "thesis" show.  
I started a Monday midday Periscope called Make Mondays Meaningful, and it's been a blast!
I discovered Illustrated Faith, creatively connecting with scripture, and joined their creative team!



I had a lofty goal of reading 100 books/plays this year, and between the two I got pretty close. 
Below are the books, in no particular order, that I completed reading in 2015:

1. The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
2. Make It Happen by Lara Casey
3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
4. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
5. If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher
6. Longbourn by Jo Baker
7. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
8. Bittersweet by Shauna Neiquist
9. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
10. What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JKRowling
12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JKRowling
13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JKRowling
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JKRowling
15. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
16. The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
17. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
18. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
19. Passion & Purpose by Jimmy Seibert
20. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
21. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
22. The Better Life by Claire Diaz-Ortiz
23. The Selection by Kiera Cass
24. The Elite by Kiera Cass
25. The One by Kiera Cass
26. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
27. Creative Prayer by Chris Tiegreen
28. Very Good Lives by JKRowling

Now, you know me. I'm always in the middle of about six books at one time. I am proud to have finished the above twenty-eight, but there are a few more you should know about, hanging in the balance. Below are the ones that I have started but have yet to finish from 2015:

1. Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines
2. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
3. Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford
4. Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron
5. Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
6. Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley
7. Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley
8. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
9. The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus
10. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
11. 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
12. 31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer by Jenn Sprinkle & Kelly Rucker
13. Writing in the Margins by Lisa Nichols Hickman
14. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
15. Praying God's Word by Beth Moore
16. Fervent by Priscilla Shrier
17. The Finishing School by Val Woerner
18. Anything by Jennie Allen

If you're looking for books to add to your reading list for 2016, look no further! And I just love these types of review things, so be prepared for a few more before the week is done.

Now what did YOU do in 2016? 
Any books I need to know about?

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