As I look back on 2015, I am looking back from a better place than I was a year ago… from where I was 2 months ago.
If you had asked me in July to give you a summary of 2015 it would have been a negative one because up to that point it had not been that great of a year.
Let’s put it on the scale and see which side wins.
Snow… so much snow… (yes, some of you view this as a positive)
Frigid Temperatures outside (again, I know some of you like that. NOT ME!)
Job loss (Wayne) – which meant unemployment (which could be considered a positive and food stamps)
Job loss (Tricia)
Abi’s “soccer mom minivan” dies (she bought a “new” car – but has loan payments – so that is a border line good/bad)
Negative self-esteem and interpersonal relationships… the usual stuff
Job change and improvement (for Tricia)
Fun and successful year with the Girl Scouts – both troops
Kittens born on our back porch
Abi graduated from Baldwin Wallace
Tricia got her Lifeguard Instructor Certification
Successful garage sale and major cleaning of garage
Lydia is awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award
Lots of ribbons won at the fair
New jobs for Wayne, Tricia, and Abi (though mine isn’t a job I’m really a fan of, so it is on the border of negative)
A successful year of school has begun
Liz is doing great at Otterbein!
Opportunity to regain some of the lifestyle that we have recently lost
On paper, it looks like a much more positive year than negative. However, when you realize the 5 months (Wayne) and 2 months (Tricia) of being unemployed when you have a family of 6 – that tips the scale a bit more that way. The positive things are mostly feelings and mini events. Still, I will say that Christmas 2015 was better than any of the last 4 years.
Since the year is ending on a positive note, that definitely colors the rest of the picture more rosy. We are hopeful that 2016 continues in this positive path and we do not have to visit that dark road again.