Happy New Year!
Let's start with some 2015 stats:
I took a personal record number of vacation days = 20.875 days
(The previous highest was in 2014 at 13.5 days)
I visited 2 new countries: Italy & Jamaica
My salary increased 10.4% over my 2014 salary
(Thanks to a job change followed by a promotion to Senior Engineering)
I spent 44% of my weekends outside of Milwaukee
I visited and stayed at my parents house the most since college (6 visits)
I experienced Las Vegas for the first time as an adult & didn't gamble once
I was at Lambeau for the retirement of Brett Favre's jersey
Experienced the warmest September in Wisconsin's recent history & no snow until Dec. 28th
Stayed up for more than 24hrs for the first time since my college era (for my brother's 24hr Ultra)
Surpassed 1,500 posts on Instagram
On a more personal note, I don't feel like my year was as exciting as the stats show! How is that for pessimistically high standards?
Even though I took an exuberant number of days off, I traveled to less places that my previous 2 years. I think taking 3 major trips was the reason for the vacation depletion. I spent more time in fewer places than less time in more places. I also traveled much less for my new job, as I only took 1 trip instead of 6. I like traveling so that was a big bummer, so subconsciously I must have made up for it on my personal time.
I also had much less pressure from a work aspect this year. Since it was my first year in my new position, I didn't have years of knowledge weighing on my shoulders, like me leaving would not remove a fraction of daily functionality for the rest of my coworkers. In previous years, I had always been moderately stressed about leaving work and the consequences of missing events or knowing important information that no one else did. I've got to say, both are hard. In my case this year, it makes me nervous about my necessity and the age old, 'do they really need me?', question. However, I think it's bad for a company to have employees that have hidden knowledge that only they know. Considering on a day when we had to let 7 white collar employees go, HR called me in to say how my work is much appreciated and recognized across management when none of my coworkers got the same praise was reassurance I am still needed. :)
I became quite the movie buff this year. I didn't keep track, but I must have seen a record number of movies this year. Some of the most notable and highly recommended, in no particular order, are: Everest, Secario, The Big Short, The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Mad Max, Ex Machina, Inside Out, The Longest Ride, Southpaw, Furious 7, and Entourage. Also highly recommended non-movies are; Making a Murderer and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
Although our official 'dating' didn't begin until February, this NYE marked 3 years that I have been seeing my boyfriend, which feels like a huge milestone surpassing my past relationships. We did many things together and independently this year which I feel makes a strong relationship. I am also proud to say he had a great year as an entrepreneur making many tough business decisions as well as getting to visit his work force in the Philippines. I read a book recently that gave the statistic that by 2018, 80% of wives will make more than their husbands & although we are not married, I will probably not make more than him in our careers, but it is certainly something I aim for!
In conclusion, I would like to leave you with some of the goals I have for 2016, maybe you can hold me accountable.
Take the GMAT (& tentatively/ambitiously get accepted to grad school)
Take more management training
Visit 2 new countries
Buy a pair of Christian Louboutins
Keep my weight under 121lbs consistently (I maxed at 124 this year)
Thanks for reading!!