State of the Amy

Inspired by Paul Jarvis and Jason Zook, I decided to write my own State of the Union, or State of the Amy. Looking back on the past year made me appreciate how far I have come. This was the exact opposite of what I expected. But without further ado, Amy's year in review.

What Went Well in 2015

  • Revamped After much agonizing over WordPress and one incident where I thought I had lost all my content, I made the decision to move over to Squarespace. It was a wonderful decision. I hope you lovely followers are enjoying the new look as much as I am.
  • Friends and Family: I feel like my relationships with friends and family are stronger than ever. I make an effort to stay in touch with the people that are important to me, more so than I ever have. I am surrounded by the most wonderfully amazing and inspiring people.
  • Decided to Become a Freelancer: This was a very big decision. As soon as I decided to build a career around the life I wanted, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I am still a ways away from fulfilling my dreams, but I could not be happier with the choices I have made.
  • Travel: Looking back I cannot believe how much traveling I actually did. I took a two week roadtrip to Buffalo, NY and back. I visited tons of friends and slept on many couches. It was amazing. I visited Niagara Falls and crossed the border into Canada. I ran off to the mountains in North Carolina to sleep in a tent and ride on a train. I visited my best friend Cheryl and her family pre-baby Luke. I visited Feel Good Farm and reconnected with some wonderful skydiving friends. I attended my very first Fly In at Hogjowl Airfield and made new amazing friends. I would say that is a pretty exciting year of travel for a broke girl from Alabama.
  • Fell in Love With Myself: I finally feel like I am on the path I belong. I am surrounded by wonderful people and have infused my life with positivity. 

What Did Not Go Well in 2015

  • Bar Exam: I was hesitant to list this here, but the reality is I failed the bar exam. But I also found a life I could only dream of. While looking for jobs in the legal field, all I could think about was getting out. I viewed practicing law as a temporary obligation that I would do until I could afford to start my real life. I found myself constantly looking at jobs I could do while traveling and making plans for the future. It took failing the bar exam for me to realize I did not have to wait. I could create the life I wanted.
  • 365 Days of New Challenge: This is another one that was technically a failure because I did not finish the challenge. But I did a lot of cool things. I also realized I wanted to write more meaningful articles for this blog. Looking back at pictures made me realize how many new things I actually accomplished. It was the quite a year of experiences packed into a couple of months.
  • Health and Fitness: I spent a lot less time up and moving than I wish to admit. Stopping at fast food restaurants on the way home became the norm instead of the exception. My health and fitness have suffered.
  • Finances: I have not tended to my finances as I should have. The end.

What Surprised Me About 2015

I cannot believe at the beginning of this year I was studying to take the NY Bar Examination. That seems so long ago. A lifetime even. As 2015 came to an end, I felt like I had not accomplished very much. I thought looking back would reveal my shortcomings. What I discovered was that although I have a ways to go I have come a long way as well. I spent several months doing new things. I visited old friends and made new ones. I spent time hanging out with my wonderful family. I am a new and stronger person, and I think my future is looking bright. 

What is Ahead for 2016

  • FOCUS on Freelancing and Developing my Business: This year I want to actually start freelancing. I studied a lot in 2015 and it is time to put all that knowledge to work.
  • FOCUS on Writing Consistently: I want to start writing consistently everyday. Writing for this blog is just one aspect.
  • FOCUS on Finances: This year I am getting on a budget and sticking with it. It is time to get my finances in order.
  • FOCUS on Health: I will start with baby steps. I will eat at home more often. I will focus on doing yoga and playing outside. The world is my gym after all.
  • FOCUS on Bettering Myself: I want to take more pictures, travel to the Grand Canyon, explore freelance writing, maybe even learn a new language. I want to focus on doing things that make me happy.

Stepping back and looking at the past year with a critical eye was not easy. It was actually kind of scary. I saw some areas where I could definitely use some work, but I also so how funtastic this past year has been. I accomplished a lot. Looking back actually made me excited to start this new year and see where it leads. I have a feeling some big things are ahead and I cannot wait. 

I challenge everyone to look back on their own year. See where you have been and think about where you want to go. The sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless. 

"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different . . ."    –C.S. Lewis