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Retrospective: 2015

Ah, the last post of 2015! It's time to look back on the year and see what was what. Or who was who. Or who was what... Oh, forget it!

First off, thanks to Jenipurr and Richard for hosting Holidailies! Even though I didn't post everyday, I had a great time writing and reading.

Anyway, I've been looking at the Spark Notebook/Planner blog lately -- because I bought a Spark Planner, if you remember -- and it's had some neat ideas for thinking about the next year. Each post includes a worksheet so that you can get down to business. On a whim, I printed them out and I've been working on them this week. The first week? A 2015 retrospective. Isn't that convenient?

So here we go.

What was the best thing that happened this year?

Without a doubt, the best thing that happened was getting my diabetes under control by taking up walking at least three times a week.

Of all your work this year, what accomplishment are you most proud of?

On the personal side, I'm most proud of getting off my ass and walking. I even downloaded the MapMyWalk app, which helps me keep track without nagging me or taking up space on my wrist. (I'm not quite ready to commit to a FitBit. Baby steps, baby steps.) Over the last year, my blood sugar went from over 300 to 133 and my A1C went from 12.2 to 6.6. That's enough of an ROI to keep me on the trail and treadmill!

On the work side, I'm proud that I had the idea to create a prototype for a single point of access to all of the documentation. Next up? Make it so.

What were you doing when you had the most fun?

Every time I was at the beach, I was having the most fun. I had a whole, unbroken week this year! From the family party to sitting on the beach to meeting up with dear friends, that's my idea of paradise, especially with Joe.

Did you achieve all of your goals? Why or why not?

Goals? What goals?

What are five things that went well?

  1. Walking
  2. Cooking Blue Apron meals for Joe and me
  3. Work -- despite the corporate upheaval that's still going on
  4. Our 35th anniversary celebration at Bedford Springs Resort
  5. Adopting another kitty

What are five things that could be improved?

  1. Blogging frequency
  2. Being creative -- drawing Zentangles, juggling, practicing ukelele, writing...
  3. Being more productive at work
  4. Eating habits
  5. Money management

Hmm. Some of these things seem contradictory -- how could work have gone well if I need to be more productive? Why do I need to improve my eating habits if I'm doing so well with Blue Apron? Well... Maybe having work go well make me want to make it go even better. Maybe cooking and eating good dinners three times a week makes me want to eat better all day, every day.

So here's to 2016! I hope you all have a Happy New Year! Be happy, stay healthy, hug your loved ones often, and laugh a lot.