I'm very pleased with everything I accomplished over the holiday. It was a great blend of family time, doing nothing (perfect at the coast), and getting things done. I'm so very, very grateful that work wasn't an issue & very little drama occurred. I'm shocked, but won't look a gift horse in the mouth. ;-)
I love all of the recap posts, and it's fun for me to remember as well what happened in 2015!
January was a pretty quiet month. I attempted to start running again
, and the boys started playing basketball
. Although they really enjoyed it, they opted not to play this season, and stick with soccer instead. They are diehard soccer lovers. ;-) I also spent time trying to better manage my stress at work
. It was short-lived, but re-reading the post reminded me that I need to give it more of an effort in 2016 as well!
I took my first business trip of the year, to Tokyo
. We also went to visit my family & celebrate the boys birthdays. While we were there, my grandmother passed away
. It was very bittersweet, getting to spend time with her, support my mom, but was very difficult when the time came. She is very missed!
Back to Asia again, with a trip to Seoul. Nothing much else happened in March, or if it did, I was too tired to record it. ;-)
I only posted once in April! I can't believe it. My team went through a major re-organization that made my responsibilities significantly bigger, so work sucked up all of my time. I did get away with M for a super fun (but short) adult weekend to Las Vegas, and my sister & best friend came to visit as well.
My sister & I spent Mother's Day at the Oregon coast with our mom, having a celebration of life for my grandmother
. And, we contemplated what it would take to buy a house in our neighborhood
. Hint: a lot/too much.
In June, I again only posted one time! Craziness. I was back in Tokyo, and also went to Portland to visit family for an epic biking adventure with the kids
July was a big personal travel month, as I went to the Oregon coast with the family to celebrate the 4th of July, and had a fantastic trip
. I also went to Las Vegas for a girls trip, and won a jackpot
!! The boys also went to Disneyland
with my parents & their two cousins, and more crazy fun was had.
The boys completed their first triathlon
, and went back to school in mid-August
. It also became clear that what I was doing in all regards to my life, wasn't working. I hit the wall
. I also flew back to Portland to compete in the Portland to Coast relay with my family
, which was fantastic.
We were desperately searching for a nanny, and then had to fire her. The start of school was rough this year, with childcare issues. M went to Duba
i to visit his family for the first time, in a . . . .long time! I went to London for work, and then the biggest decision of the year was made! I embarked on my 40 week plan, to leave my job in 2016
M & I went to Maui for our 10th anniversary, and it was a truly perfect trip
. In a less than perfect trip, I went to Beijing for work
, and getting all of my visa issues sorted out with a week's notice was insane & stressful.
In November, we found out that we needed to switch the boys college accounts
, which was an unpleasant surprise. I also made the last work trip of the year to Sao Paulo
, and we had a fantastic Thanksgiving at home
with the kiddos.
I worked *a lot* the first three weeks, and then found out that I got promoted & learned about my raise in January
We flew to Portland to visit my parents/sister/family for the holidays & had an amazing trip, plus enjoyed some time at our vacation house on the Oregon coast. It was perfect, & mellow
That's it! No wonder I'm exhausted - that's a lot of traveling in a year. :-) 15 trips in 2015. I really, really need to evaluate doing less (both personally & on the work side) in 2016. For budget reasons, and also for my sanity. All told, I miss my family & friends, so spend the majority of our time together when possible. Moving away from our family has also made it harder for M & I to get time away, which we need to think about in 2016.
Did you do a year in review? If so, link up! Any big wins or exciting life changes for you & your family?