Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Since this year is rapidly waning, today's Ten on Tuesday provides the perfect opportunity to list 10 Things You Did in 2015 That Made You Feel Proud. Making this list required a review of my year since I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head. Reading through a year's worth of blog posts did remind me of a few things.

  1. Started making walking a priority. This was easy in the summer, but became more difficult when daylight saving time ended. There are days that I don't do 10,000 steps but I still walk every day. Something is better than nothing!
  2. Justin's college graduation. I didn't do any of the hard work, but would like to think that I provided plenty of support. 
  3. Kon-Maried quite a bit. There is still more to do, but I got rid of enough stuff that I can see the difference.
  4. Read 81 books (so far -- there are still two more days in 2015!). I'm not sure this is a major accomplishment because reading is something I love to do, so the real challenge for me is not reading, especially when there is something else I should be doing.
  5. Completed Book Bingo this summer. Again, not an earth-shattering accomplishment, but it did take a focused effort and was a big help in broadening my reading horizons.
  6. I knit more in 2015. Okay, I only finished one more project than in 2014, but I think my goal of two more projects in 2016 is a realistic one!
  7. Started Calculus One. I had plenty of calculus and math in college, but that was decades ago. Attending several of Ryan's Calculus Two classes showed me how much I had forgotten, so I'm slowly but surely working my way through this Coursera online course. While it's not easy for me, I am finding it fun, interesting, and challenging. I will try Calculus Two at some point, but what I'd really like to do next is a good course on Dante's Inferno.
  8. Made some difficult decisions. I have quite the knack for shying away from the tough choices, but there were several this year that I faced head-on and did what had to be done.
  9. Became more adventurous. Only some small, subtle changes might be evident to others, but I'm ever so slowly becoming more adventurous in what I eat, what I do, and how I think. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but I'm trying.
  10. Thought long and hard about a New Year's resolution. I hope the feeling of pride will come at this time next year when I see how well I've carried through, but it is a good and necessary goal that I'm excited about (and maybe already a tiny bit proud because I've made some baby steps this year.) More about this in a later post.
I didn't cure cancer, solve the global warming crisis or do anything really big in 2015,
 but my small accomplishments still make me feel a bit of pride.
What are you proud of this year?


  1. You are being far too humble. That was a lot. And significant. (Change, y'know.) I'm really impressed by #7.

  2. We read the same number of books! Can we get to 82 by 12/31? LOL. I think your list is wonderful and you have a lot to be proud of.

  3. Wow, I am humbled by your reading accomplishment!! That is a crazy insane number! And, wait - Calculus! I bow to your superior math skills!

    And, BRAVO to inserting adventure into your life!

    I love your list and these are incredible accomplishments! Well done!

    Here is hoping for a most happy and blessed New Year!

  4. I'm impressed by all you did, but I have always been impressed by you. Here's to reaching your goal for 2016! I have no doubt you'll do it.

  5. I need to be more adventurous in my head. Well done with the calc course :)

  6. That's all Really Big Stuff, Bonny! I can't wait to see what happens in 2016. . . Here's to more adventures and head-on decisions. XO

  7. I love your perspective. Here's to a fabulous 2016!

  8. What an impressive list! Here's to a terrific 2016!

  9. Special congrats on the Kon-Marieing - I find it so hard to declutter! I should just rent a skip...

  10. Your walking is a great healthy accomplishment. What shoes do you like best for walking?

  11. YOur #7 is fantastic! I am definitely a left brain sort of person with the arts and literature. But one of my sons is a math lover and assures me it is elegant. Also hope you find a good Dante Class!!!

  12. Congrats on 8 and 9. Tough to do. And #1 well I'm standing and clapping for you because it's so important! Here's to 2016...and lots more fun together!

  13. Wow. Certainly much to be proud of on your list!!

  14. What a year! accomplishments, transitions...and growth. I'm glad you're taking pride in all of this - you should! ...and if you find that Inferno course, let me know - I just might be tempted to join you!


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