2015 – WTF?

It’s been a strange year. A lot has happened, and a lot has changed. Some old friends moved away, and some new friends have become best friends. Some family members were born, and others died. One relationship ended, and another one started. Weeks and months were spent grieving and drinking way too much, and others were spent living life to the fullest and creating experiences and memories that I like daydreaming about.

I went from being 100% fixated on this:

Placing psychological pro in bad ice on the Reflection Wall in Nipigon, Canada.

Ice climbing in Nipigon, Canada in March.

To doing a lot more of this:

And by "this" I mean playing, writing, and recording music, not dressing up like a furry. My girlfriend got me a Wookie onesie for my birthday and it's very comfortable.

And by “this” I mean playing, writing, and recording music, not dressing up like a furry. My girlfriend got me a Wookie onesie for my birthday and it’s very comfortable.

And now that there’s ice to climb again, I’m easing back into that hobby.

I didn’t get completely debt-free in 2015 like I had planned, but I did make a lot of progress toward that goal and I still squeezed in a lot of trips and adventures that I don’t regret at all (most recently, a short trip to Peru that I just wrote up under Trips and Adventures).

I discovered that while it’s not the location I want to live in for the rest of my life, Minnesota isn’t a bad place to be for now.

A beautiful place filled with a lot of amazing friends and family.

A beautiful place filled with a lot of amazing friends and family.

I’d like to think I learned a lot this year, but I guess the proof will be my actions and accomplishments in 2016. I really only have one major goal for the next twelve months: to get absolutely totally debt free before the year ends. I should be able to pull that off without any problem, as well as put away some significant savings. To keep myself accountable though, I’m not going on any climbing trips, international adventures, or vacations until the deed is done.

Anyway, 2015 is (mostly) finished. Time to pop the cork off a bottle of good wine and drink to a fresh start and a heart full of hopes and dreams for the new year. Cheers!