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16 Things I Learned in 2015

2015 with sparklers

It’s the last day of 2015 and I have never actually taken time to reflect on a year, what it’s entailed, and to actually think about the things I learned, etc.  Well, since this has definitely been a year of major change for me, why not do some reflecting.

He we go – 16 Things I Learned in 2015!

1) Don’t brush your teeth with tap water or get ice in your drinks while in Mexico (okay Chris actually learned this one the hard way – I was lucky and didn’t get sick).


2) VRBO is a GREAT way to travel – we stayed in the most amazing ocean front condo (2 bedrooms, beautifully decorated, full kitchen, massive balcony overlooking the ocean).  Plus it allowed us to try new restaurants every night!  Here are a few pics, but head to Facebook to see our whole album!


This was our condo!

View from our balcony!

3) I am still a teacher even though I quit teaching.


4) I am truly meant to start my own business and I think I’ve finally found a way to combine ALL my passions (teaching, leading, education, health/fitness, and technology) as an online coach.


5) There are a lot of crappy tippers in the world.  I think I need this shirt…lol…ok, maybe it’s bit harsh but it made me laugh.

tip well

6) Mountains in tropical regions covered in lush green foliage right next to the ocean (i.e. Puerta Vallarta) are the most beautiful landforms EVER.


7) There are a lot of great tippers in the world.


8) Cats are amazing animals (for those of you that don’t know, I used to HATE cats) and Katniss (our pregnant stray cat we took in) was meant to come into our lives with her beautiful babies.

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9) Be open to new people/things/ideas/opportunities in the world – everything can be a learning opportunity (good or bad) so why not try new things and then judge.


10) Therapists aren’t really that helpful and they are expensive.

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11) New great way to travel – fly to one destination, stay a few days, and then road trip it to another one a few hours away and stay there for a few days, then fly home!


12) If you’re not happy, you have every capability to change that.  Stop saying “no, I don’t”….YES YOU DO!


13) Thoughts and words have EXTREME power…seriously…they do.


14) Go with your gut when making major life decisions.  Don’t let other people’s opinions/beliefs about how you should live your life/make a living/be responsible etc. deter you from want you want to do.


15) Life is too short to be stressed out all the time.  It is also too short to put things off.  Go do fun, new, exciting things!


16) You don’t have to do things the way they are “supposed” to be done.


There they are –  the things I learned in 2015!  Short and sweet.  I am sure there are lots of other things 2015 taught me, but this is what bubbled to the top of my brain!  Share in the comments, what did you learn in 2015?

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