farewell 2015.

_DSC2141I turned 25 this year. An entire quarter century under my belt and my most pivotal year yet. I adopted the YOLO mentality. I moved and explored Queensland, Australia. I quit my 9-5 job. I began doing photography full time. I watched more sunrises. I chased more sunsets. I gazed at the stars more. I experienced devastating heartbreak. I learned to surf. I ate kangaroo & sushi for the first time. I held a koala & I got a selfie with a kangaroo (not the same one I ate.) I felt incredible joy. I made new friends from all over. I put 30,000kms on my car – meaning my 2014 VW GLI now has 54,000kms on it (and it was stored from Oct-May!) I felt comfortable in my own skin. I lost 25lbs and probably gained back 10 of it (and that’s totally cool.) I felt unconditional love and embraced it fully and wholeheartedly. I hugged more. I made sure those I love know how I feel. I said yes to adventure and no to the negative things in my life. I was in a rut and I made the necessary changes to find happiness. Am I happy? Not every moment of every day and sure, I live with regrets but I’m proud to say that I am content for the most part. It’s a work in progress.

I reflected on my New Years post from last year and I feel pretty great about it. Like every year, I try to write some sort of resolution post. I did accomplish most of the things I set out to do in 2015. I did travel more. I saw loads of new places in Australia, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick & Alberta. Dad & I didn’t make it to NFLD yet but it’s in the works for this year. Luke & I never did take the “new truck” for a camping trip but hopefully it’ll get used for that someday! I became much braver. I eat completely different foods now and rarely say no to anything unless it has eyes that are looking at me while I put it in my mouth. I didn’t get sky diving but I’ll try it this year for sure. I’ve slowed my life down so much that I get bored sometimes but my health has improved so much – mentally and physically. Yes, I do still get stressed but much, much less!

Seeing my year in review, I realized how much I accomplished over 2015. To say it was a roller coaster is a massive understatement. I experienced the highest of highs to my lowest lows. I embraced my life in a different way and I have full intentions to keep going into 2016 just as strong. I feel like my life is like a fine wine; I just get better with age. I learn from my mistakes, savour every moment, I know my boundaries and know how to break them & I allow myself to love unconditionally.

In 2016, I want to keep up my adventurous momentum and keep exploring. I want to sky dive. I want to go white water rafting. I want to master night photography. I want another tattoo. I want to feel less guilty about making selfish decisions. Conversely, I want to partake in more selfless deeds. I must camp more, laugh more, eat more, and embrace more. I will travel more, sleep more, do more yoga but only because I enjoy all those things – not because this is some “new year, new me” bullshit scheme.

Here’s to hoping 2016 helps push me to the limits of happiness & success and that 26 doesn’t unveil too many grey hairs but continues to grant me with those laugh lines that I cherish so much! All the best to you and yours in the New Year.

Here’s a few of my favourite moments from 2015. Thanks to all those who contributed to my amazing year!

One thought on “farewell 2015.

  1. Hi hil
    Great year end post
    At my age , I envy you and your age . Sometimes I wish I had tried to do something else 30 yrs ago but my life is pretty good too .
    I wish that 2016 brings you many many more adventures and new and exciting ideas.
    I enjoy immensely your pics and stories and hope they will always continue.
    As for life throwing you a curve every once in awhile.
    Just lean on old ” Paul ”
    There’s a ton of knowledge and wise old experience in that head .
    Enjoy the next 12 months , stay safe and have fun .
    Huge hug PAUL ❤️😎

    Sent from my iPhone


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