On the last day of the year, I’m thinking about and sharing my reflections on 2015. It’s been a year of major milestones, as documented in my post on my one year blog anniversary. Yet what’s mattered even more than the big events is how each moment helped to change my life as a whole. Being able to look back on how it happened through this blog is pretty special.
In January, Renaissance Runner Girl was just getting started. After a post about my resolutions for 2015, I recapped my second half marathon, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in Orlando. And the rest of the month was occupied by snow, featured in my winter running tips post and my photo diary of a snowstorm in Central Park.
February brought more snow, more running, and a few weightier topics. I shared my idea of cleaning out my closet, making more room and simplifying my stuff, and not buying more new stuff for a month or two. That turned into nearly a year of not buying any new (non-running-related) clothes or shoes – to date in 2015, other than running gear, all I’ve purchased is a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of hiking boots, and a tank top! I haven’t bought a ton of running stuff either, but there’s been some, as well as gifts 🙂 And then during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I shared my story, which was one of my most popular non-WIAW posts of the year.
March brought the introduction of November Project on the blog, when I started going to the workouts with a Junior League friend. At an NP workout I met fellow blogger Kaitlin who’s become a good friend, and who introduced me to the concept of a ‘blend’. I ran my third half marathon (on the anniversary of my first) at the NYC Half Marathon. Also, this was the month I introduced my baked oatmeal cake recipes to the blog.
April saw the arrival of my new self hosted website, and a post devoted to my dog Sasha. I’m pretty sure these were equally important 🙂 And there was more to come, as when April ended, so did my time in law school. May brought with it my graduation and the start of a summer of studying for the bar exam, along with some popular recipes I was coming up with in my spare time, like this Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Tea Cake and my Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug.
May was also the month when I shared some more bits and bobs of my life to that point, like the time I wrote my first novel, and how I wound up going to Oxford for college. And when I started in with constant photos of summer ice cream.
June had me in run-eat-study-repeat mode, especially with all my 9+1 races and it being prime time for bar exam buckling down. There was a little deep thinking on happiness, as is wont to happen in times of stress, but I was mostly just running off both the stress and the sweets!
July saw all my thoughts bubbling to the surface on the eve of the bar and my birthday. I shared some popular running posts about being an early bird and running off the beaten path, as well as one about how the mind works because Inside Out influenced me just a bit more than it reasonably should have! I had an unexpected ankle biopsy, bounced back, celebrated my 24th birthday, took the bar exam, and was ready for all the relaxation and adventures to come.
August marked the start of those adventures, kicking off with my bar trip to England to visit friends from college in London and go hiking in the Lake District with one of my dearest friends. I also returned to Oxford on this trip for the first time since leaving three years prior, and started thinking about how I could come back sooner than another three years into the future…
September brought me to California, first to Anaheim to run the Dumbo Double Dare and then to San Diego with one of my closest law school friends. It also took me to Nashville to see another of my good friends, who I grew up with. Basically, all this travel reminded me that I have a lot of really amazing friends with whom I’m lucky to have wonderful experiences, even if I’m not able to see and talk to them every day.
In October, my life was again altered as I began my new job at a law firm in New York City, returning to “real life” while still savoring my wonderful summer moments and time to reflect, on how the blog has grown and how I’ve grown along with it. I also spent a lot of time making pumpkin everything – muffins, cookies, bread, baked oatmeal cake, pie – and showing apples a little love with some muffin and oat recipes as well.
November had me celebrating a race PR and gaining guaranteed entry to the NYC Marathon in 2016, as well as Thanksgiving at the end of the month. And December, which comes to a close today – it’s been more of a whirlwind than I could ever have predicted. My one year blog anniversary and running year in review posts summarize some of it. The amazing BGB community Secret Santa, Girls on the Run 5K experience, and further recipes help piece it together too. I can’t explain it all just now or this will become another book, but I’m leaving 2015 and heading forward into the new year knowing that a lot more is headed my way 🙂 Stay tuned in 2016!
What has been the biggest change in your life in 2015?
Has blogging become a bigger focus for you this year?
Name one thing you’re looking forward to in 2016!
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22 thoughts on “Reflections on 2015”
Man this really made me want some ice cream with sprinkles now!! 😉 It looks like you had an AMAZING year with graduating, taking the bar, and starting your new job (among other things!) I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2016! Happy New Year!
Thank you, and to you as well!
2015 looks like a good year! It’s great you had the opportunity to travel a lot. Visiting places, near or far, is always so inspiring.
The biggest change for me has definitely been going back to work after I had my son – but luckily I feel we’ve transitioned quite well.
Happy New Year and see/read you again in 2016. 🙂
My travels were quite something indeed, and I’m happy I got to see old and new places with (mostly very old) friends!
One of my favourite things about blogging is having a concrete documentation of all the things that happened in any given year. 2015 sounds like it was a great one for you, and I hope that 2016 is even more amazing! Happy New Year’s, Alyssa!
My thoughts exactly, and a happy new year to you as well!
Following your journey in England was SO FUN! 🙂 And I can’t believe that you’ve only been blogging for a year. You have really grown as a blogger. And your ice cream with sprinkles looks pretty fun and yummy. 🙂 I hope this another HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The same to you!
Wow! You sure have had a busy, successful year!
I’m hoping to run VA Beach in March. People say that flat races don’t make you faster, but I’m willing to find out!
Yay for the travels + blogging! It’s not really ice cream weather over here right now, but I got some yesterday anyway, haha. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know you + follow you on your adventures throughout this year! ❤ Year in reviews are so much fun! Looking forward to chugging along with you next year too! :]!
You had a really exciting year! I think blogging has actually become less of a focus for me this year. In 2014 and early 2015 I was posting every day and easily able to keep up with reading other blogs, but lately- not so much.
Im looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings for you- Happy New Year!
And to you as well!
I LOVED reading this! I am in law school (I graduate in May), so I feel like i just read my recap for 2016 😉 Congrats on a year filled with so many accomplishments!
can I ask, have you had any problems with blogging & work? I am worried I will need to stop my blog once I start working…
Well, I now draft posts pretty much exclusively on weekends, which is not the same as when I was in school or studying or traveling and did it whenever I felt like it. I also put a LOT of effort into going self hosted, cleaning up my old posts, taking new photos, updating recipes – right before I started working. Now I draft 3-4 posts per week, take photos, and come up with new ideas and social media shares only on weekends, and fit that in around friends and family time. I watch a lot less Netflix than I used to 😉
You had an incredible 2015, filled with lots of fun races and life changing events. Here’s to a great 2016!
Thank you 🙂
Sounds like you’ve had a big year, congrats on the NYC marathon, that’s awesome! The biggest change for me in 2015 was a new job, I’m a teacher and I found a job much closer to home, which was nice. I also ran my first half marathon, which I never thought I would be able to do! Happy new year!
What a year for sure! I can’t believe you ran so many races while studying for the Bar exam!! Way to go!
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