Even though I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, I can’t help but look back and look ahead on New Year’s Eve. In general, 2015 was a much better year than 2014. I didn’t lose anyone close to me. No major breakups. There were even a few highlights, including taking a much needed vacation with my Mom, spending more time with my family (Mom in particular), and meeting so many great people in my teacher education program. In 2015, I formally began my teacher education classes and completed my writing certificate. I also completed my requirements for my honors program certificate. 2015 brought many endings as well as new beginnings.
I am convinced that 2016 will be even better. My brother Garrett and I will finally purchase the family business from our parents. In May, my brother and his girlfriend are expecting their second child, a boy, who will be named after my grandfathers. This fall I will be student teaching. In December, I will finally earn my teaching certificate. No matter what else happens in 2016, and I am sure it will have its ups and downs, at least there are some wonderful things in the works. Happy New Year! I wish everyone the best for 2016.