Dear 2015

A Letter to 2015. // dreams-etc.comDear 2015,

You were…

You were.

Okay, let’s try this again.

You were a year of adventure. Of travel and crossing items off of the bucket list (if I had one) and trying new things.

You were a year that taught me about taking leaps of faith. The I-don’t-know-why-but-this-feels-right spur of the moment leaps of faith.

You were a year that brought unexpected books. And sleepless nights.

You were a year that didn’t bring as much writing as I had hoped when the year began. Hopefully that will change.

You were a year in which dreams came true. In unexpected ways, but often those are the best.

You were a year with some hard times. With desperate prayers and worried nights.

You were a year that made me feel settled. And unsettled. At the same time. And I’m okay with that. (Usually.)

You were a year of learning to do. Some things worked out and some didn’t. That’s life.

You were a year of laughter. At life, with people, during stories.

You were a year of tears. At life, for people, during stories.

You were a year that taught me a lot. In ways that I can’t exactly express, but that I can see in my life. And I’m sure in ways I’ll continue to see. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive when you started and I’m not sad to see you go. You brought some amazing highs and some incredible lows. And through it all, I’m glad that you were.

Thank you for all of the above,


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    Rachel G
    December 28, 2015 at 8:11 am

    The ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ are what make for a life worth telling the story of, right?

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    December 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Sounds like you had lots of ups and down this year. Glad you got through it ok. And I love your doggy pics. So cute.

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    Murielle Marie
    December 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Hello Crystal, I really love how you’ve written to 2015 here. It’s so powerful to reflect about what has passed when a new year is upon us, isn’t it? Beautiful moments, learnings and adventures, I can tell 🙂 I always write the year and my former self a letter too, and I inspire my program students to do so as well. It’s so powerful. Thank you for sharing and may 2016 be a wonderful year for you <3

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    December 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    It’s always nice to look back on the past year and reflect on everything you learned and accomplished. In the day to day grind we forget all the things that occur over a year’s time, but it truly is amazing to look back on.

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    Aishwarya S
    December 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    This is such a lovely way to say adieu to 2015. I loved how you’ve expressed so much in so little words! 🙂

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    Angela Tolsma
    December 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    love the concept of this post! 2015 was a beautiful year for me and I hope next year is amazing for you!

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    December 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Sometimes the most unexpected, unpredictable, and scary times in our lives turn out to be the beginning of the best times of our life. 😉 I’m happy that I got to follow you through your journey in 2015, and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings you. 🙂

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    December 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful post. Sounds like, though good and bad, it was a good year for you! Here’s to an even better one!

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    Cheryl Collett
    December 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Crystal: Love all the photos and the little poetic writing. It was similar for me as well. Happy 2016

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    December 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    So beautifully written! I can relate to much of it. I think these days are pretty high and low for most of us. While we all work on happiness and joy and prosperity, there’s no denying that times are tough right now…physically, emotionally, collectively, economically, etc.

    I hope you have a wonderful 2016 🙂

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    Branson @ My Reflection of Something
    December 29, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I can totally relate to this. I am not sad to see this year go either. It was not a BAD year, but it is time to move on! 😉

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    December 29, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I love this post. I always get so sentimental during this time of the year. i love to look back and say wow…what a year. 2015 was such a BIG year for me. Lots of love…A LOT of lost…a lot of despair and hope…and a lot of emotions I can’t really sum up. Thanks for this post and inspiration to do one of my own!

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    December 29, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I love this! 2015 was certainly a year of ups and downs for me but it is one that I will never forget!

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    December 29, 2015 at 5:55 am

    2015 has left me with wonderful memories. Unfortunately not all have been a piece of cake. I’m hoping 2016 brings lots of amazing changes and adventures!

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    December 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Sounds like an exciting year! Here’s to wishing 2016 is more adventurous than 2015

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