My New Happy: My Year In Review

Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Year In Review

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Welcome to the last day of 2015.  I know it's cliche, but seriously, how did that happen? Personally, life is going way too fast for me.  Nonetheless, here we are, and it's time to reflect on the year that was with some of my Blended Blog buddies.

Looking back, there were two distinct halves to my year.  The first part was really good, with lots of family time and travel.  The last six months haven't been so great.  My mom's broken arm, my father's unexpected death, and serious illnesses for Grandpa Ed and my uncle.

But woven throughout, during the good and the bad, there has been love. Family, and laughter, and hugs, and love.  And as long as you have that, you have everything.

I thought I'd "borrow" a few year in review questions from my friend Tamara, because she's awesome and she inspires me.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Yes and no.  I always make a long list of resolutions, and usually end up keeping a few of them.  I got an A in exercising and water drinking, and an F in devotional time.  But I'll make a new list this year, because it's hard to resist making grand declarations when there are 12 wide open months ahead of you.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?  I turned 48 in 2015, and my birthday actually fell on Mother's Day.  It was spent with my family and a delicious brunch.

My brother, captured in a rare selfie.
What do you wish you'd done more of?  Travel.  There should always be more adventure. Less of?  Worry.  Sometimes things are going to happen, and sometimes they're not.  I tend to go to worst case scenario, which isn't doing anybody any good.  

Compared to this time last year, are you, Happier or Sadder?  Sadder. Thinner or fatter?  Thinner.  Richer or poorer?  Richer.  

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.  Don't take anything for granted.  Tell your people you love them every single day.  Be brave and do it - there might not be another chance.  That's more than one life lesson, but I learned a lot this year.

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?  The magical ability to slow down time.  Which isn't going to happen.  So instead, I hope for peace and gratitude, and I wish that for all of you, too.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Go check out the rest of The Blended Bloggers and see how their years turned out.  Have a safe and happy New Year!  


  1. Well said, friend. I think peace is a word I want to focus on for 2016.

  2. I agree. I wish I could slow time as well. And need to worry less. Here's to a 2016 worry free. :)

  3. I loved this.

    Hope that 2016 is filled more with happiness than sadness for you.


  4. Thoughtful answers to some thought-provoking questions. So important to say I love you, every single day. I hope my dad knew how much I loved him even though I didn't have a final opportunity to tell him. Hoping your 2016 is filled with opportunities for much good adventure and travel!

  5. Love the way you approached this post!! Wishing you all the best in 2016!! Hugs!!

  6. This was a great post...
    Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  7. 1. We turned the same age this year!
    2. Travel. Agreed. Could always use more travel.
    3. Good life lesson!!

    Here's to a great 2016! (And hopefully a meetup?!)
    ~ Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

  8. So delighted to find you! Hopefully in 2016 we'll actually meet. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016, Lana!

  9. Happy New Year Lana! I hope that 2016 is full of peace and happiness for you and your wonderful family!

  10. Happy New Year Lana! I loved your list of questions, might have to steal for next year...and I hope your travels brings you down my way ;) Free place to stay, does that entice you?

  11. love this post so much. Happy New Years to you and yours!
    Here's to and awesome 2016!

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

  12. Lana, you really had quite the year, I am wishing that 2016 will be pretty wonderful you and your family ♡♡♡

  13. Wishing you only good things in 2016 Lana! Happy New Year!

  14. I'm sorry for the sad things that happened. Great advice to just be brave and do it and take nothing and no one for granted. Happy New Year.

  15. Aww Lana!! You and hubby are so cute! My wish for you is that 2016 is full of wonderful moments and lots more of those pretty smiles!!

  16. You're awesome and inspiring too! And borrowing the questions was awesome. There were way too many in mine. I should have cut it down! Next year.
    I'm sad that you're sadder, but it's been a weird and rough end to the year. Wishing you so many happy things for 2016.

  17. Happy New Year! I loved reading your Q & A! Wishing you peace and happiness in 2016!

    Doused In Pink

  18. Happy New Year 2016 Lana! I am sorry for your sadness and your family's illnesses/deaths in the past year. And so cool that you are a Taurus like me. There are many reasons why I like you. I totally hearing you on slowing time down. In my latest Currently post, that is what I wrote about. That last verse from the bible you cited, is my favorite verse from the bible hands down. I agree with it 1000%.

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