Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Year in Review

Well, it's that time again... out with the old and in with the new!  However, before I ring in the new year, I always like to look back at the past year.  I can say with certainty that 2015 was a year of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  The year started out feeling as if it would never end, and then it sped up to lightning speed.  Eliot and I have been so busy the past few months, I didn't complete as many of my 2015 goals as I'd hoped to.  (But, as you can see from my goal recap, I'm ok with that.)  Honestly, I'm ready for a fresh start.  Although, 2015 wasn't completely terrible.  Let's review:

2015 Year in Review

January- We started the year out on the right foot with a trip to Walt Disney World for marathon weekend.  My family had a great time, and for that I'm very thankful.

February- February also started out well with my New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl.  Over Valentine's Day weekend, Eliot and I went to see two Disney On Ice shows.  Meanwhile, my Papa wasn't doing very well and I was trying to stay optimistic and cheery.  On the 25th, he passed away and my heart shattered.  I was devastated.

March- To be completely honest, sometimes March felt like spring would never come, that I'd never be happy again.  I was going through the motions.  I felt a little better after writing a letter to Papa.  We had a very hard, snowy and cold winter here in Maine.  But, there were a few highlights: I passed my Chiropractic Assistant exam, I also really enjoyed the new Cinderella movie.  Finally, Disney PhotoPass gifted us Memory Maker after I told them it was the last memories I had of my Papa.

April- I tried to get myself out of my funk by focusing on spring and Easter.  Eliot and I started to focus on a big surprise we had for our business.  I was unmotivated to blog, but I made list upon list of business ideas.  Creativity helped ease my grief and sorrow.

May- In May, I concentrated on joyous occasions.  I celebrated my two year My Disney Life blogiversary.  We also celebrated Eliot's 3 year anniversary of graduating from college.  We celebrated Mother's Day and Katie's Birthday.  I got some magical mail that sprinkled some pixie dust into my life.  By the end of May, spring finally arrived.

June- By June, things were finally turning around for me.  The nice weather breathed new spirit into me.  I surprised Eliot with his Olaf Birthday.  A few days later, Elissa arrived for her second summer of "Camp Cady".  We went to Six Flags, the Yankee Candle Flagship Store, saw Inside Out and we participated in the Color Run.

July- Summer brought celebrating another 4th of July in Bar Harbor as well as Disneyland's 60th Birthday on July 17th.  We had a really nice memorial service in honor of Papa.  Eliot and I had a wonderful visit with Elissa for Camp Cady and were sad to see her go.  At the end of the month, Eliot and I officially introduced our Happily Ever Hatter IllusionEars.  We also quietly put an offer in on our house.

August- In August, Eliot attended the D23 Expo and brought home a lot of cool D23 merchandise.  I started my countdown to Disneyland and trip preparations.  We also were looking forward to the Magical Month of September.  We kept it secret while we spent the month filling out paperwork and working towards purchasing our house.

September- This was definitely the highlight of our year.  Over Labor Day, Eliot and I traveled to Disneyland.  As soon as we arrived home, we bought a house!  A few days later we celebrated our third wedding anniversary.  Then at the end of the month, we were off to KeyCon 2015 at Universal Studios!

October- Eliot and I continued our Florida trip after KeyCon by visiting Walt Disney World for a few days.  We even enjoyed Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party the last night!  After our return home, we went to work with designing the interiors of our house, painting, moving, painting and more painting.  At one point, it got kind of overwhelming, but it was nothing a little bit of retail therapy couldn't fix!

November- By November, we officially moved into our new house.  I admitted to my massive tsum tsum addiction.  I made a list of things to do in my 30's.  Then, my family and I celebrated my 31st birthday and a few days later we had Thanksgiving.

December- This past month, Eliot and I were busy trying to unpack and organize the house.  We did take a break to go to Chicago for a few days.  After returning from our trip, we were getting ready for the holidays.  We went to my parents' house for Christmas and enjoyed spending the long weekend with them, Jeremy and Nana.

Which brings us to 2016... 

What's in store for us in 2016?  As I mentioned before in my goal recap, I'm carrying over a lot of my 2015 goals since I wasn't able to complete them.  I have many ideas, designs and plans for Happily Ever Hatter.  Eliot and I also have big plans for our IllusionEars line.  (He's got a ton of designs he's been working on!)  I also have a few other business ventures I'd like to look more into.  I'm not sure if this is the year they'll make their debut... but who knows!?!  I'm also looking forward to getting settled into our new home.  I think 2016 is going to be a good year.  (I've got high hopes for it anyways!)  So, I guess this is goodbye 2015... Hello 2016!!!  °o°


  1. Thank you for sharing your year with us...Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Happy New Year!!! :-)