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Clearly today is New Year's Eve and tomorrow everyone will be making new years resolutions that they will surely break in the next week or so. I, however, would like to take a minute to reflect on the year past, and let you in on some of the things I've done, and the things I've learnt.
As you may or may not know, 2015 was a hard year.
My first and second visa applications were rejected.
We moved temporarily into my parents house in Toledo.
My family and I were in a huge car accident, leaving two of us in the hospital for three days, and the other two severely battered.
My husband and I spent six months apart, waiting to apply for and know the outcome of my third attempt at a visa.
We found out my father-in-law was ill with cancer in January, and he died in May.
We also found out that our family dog isn't doing so well, and has an enlarged heart. Much like Buddy, I probably won't get to say goodbye to him.
However, it was also filled with joy and inspiration.
We had Christmas and New Years together as a family, all of us.
I started a job as a nanny, and watched a little boy grow up to actually talk to me through baby sign language (which I taught him, together with his mother!) and run around the house in the span of 9 months.
I met his mother, Rose, who I am so thankful to call one of my dearest friends.
When Rose moved, I got to meet some of her friends, and her friend's dogs called Cooper and Lewis! We quickly became best buds...the dogs and I...and some of her friends too!
David got a job five days after he went back to England to be with his dad. That's amazing.
I started a blog, and quickly averaged 1,000 views a week.
I reconnected with some very dear friends who I went to high school with, and still talk to them weekly, even though I am now located in England. They are the ones who make me laugh and tell it like it is.
I was able to be in my best friend's wedding as a bridesmaid and watch her say 'I do' to her soulmate. We spent many a nights talking about our lives, about the wedding, appreciating the time we got to spend together, and planning a trip to England for her to come and visit.
I started a business which grew into something that I was insanely proud of, and I watched my confidence grow with it.
I went to North Carolina to see one of my other friends. She welcomed me with open arms, opened up her home and showed me around her town ever so graciously. We quickly became best friends and talk daily about this blog and pretty much anything and everything else that happens in our lives.
I got my visa and moved to England to be with my husband.
I purchased a new sewing machine and got to work making bags, and was accepted to three craft fairs.
We adopted a rescue pup from the Birmingham Dogs Home. Her name is Jessie. She is the sweetest thing and gives me so much joy.
We got to spend time with our friends here in England, many who I haven't seen in two years.
I'm sure that so many more GOOD things happened, these are just a few of them. I honestly cannot wait for 2016, because I know that so many more good things are in store for us.
This year, I've learnt not to give up. To not always focus on the bad, because sometimes there will be so much bad that you will feel like you can't breathe. I've learnt that friends will always be there when you need them. However, they might not be the friends you thought would be there, and that's ok. I've learnt that English people and American people will sometimes call the same thing something different, and that's ok too. I've learnt that not everyone will like you, and you will not like everyone (but honestly I think I knew that from before). I've learnt to be open, to be patient, to be understanding, to persevere. I've learnt to drive on the wrong side of the road, and to use my left hand to start the car (it feels so wrong). I've learnt that not everyone is kind and not everyone does the right thing. I've learnt that even though you talk to someone everyday, you still miss them. I've learnt that it's ok to let them know that. I've learnt to take chances and take risks, but I've also learnt that it's ok to say that something is not working and to change it. There's no shame in that. I've learnt that you'll go far being kind, but sometimes you need to be firm to get anywhere.
So basically, I've learnt a lot, but I haven't learnt it all.
I know that everyone is up waiting for the ball to drop, SO...
What did you learn this year? What were your best memories?! Leave them in the comments below and let's ring in 2016 with all the positive vibes!!!
Here's to 2016!
I'm Tory, the creator behind The Barmy Fox. My current loves