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Wrapping up 2015

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: walking, wales, travel, stirling, silly, scotland, running, pretty things, phd, nature, lists, inspirations, holidays, happy, glasgow, geocaching, friends, family, faith, entertainment, celebrations

With 2015 quickly coming to an end, it’s time for a bit of reflection. And as I look back at my hopes for the year, I am pleased to say that I’ve succeed in all but one of my hopes—the desire to learn how to sew a skirt. But I didn’t even attempt that one, as I realised it isn’t a truly important goal for me. And so, I’m calling the year a success!

Though If I’m honest, the year started off with me in a very negative and unhappy place. Between the death of a dear friend, PhD struggles, and the accumulation of smaller stresses, I really did struggle to stay hopeful and optimistic. Eventually, however, I did manage to get a grip of the stress and things began to get better. And, happily, the year seems to be ending on a relatively positive note! In fact, there were several positive bits of news over the last two months that will help to create an extremely positive start to 2016!

Some of the happy things I enjoyed in 2015 include:

January: Exploring castles and hillforts

February: Geocaching with a dear friend

March: More geocaching with more dear friends

April: Even more geocaching and even more friend time

May: A lovely day out in Glasgow (ending with dinner with friends)

June: Spending time with new friends

July: A fun cocktail evening with a group of fun ladies

August: Visiting an ancient chapel with a wonderful friend

September: A personal best marathon time!!

October: Visiting more fun castles around Scotland with a friend

November: A wee trip to Wales with my brother-in-law

December: A wander along the Ayrshire coast

I am really looking forward to 2016. I have some fantastic plans for the year and I can’t wait to share some of my adventures with you—either here on the pages of Just Frances, or in real life!

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I look back at my hopes for the year, I am pleased to say that I’ve succeed in all but one of my hopes—the desire to learn how to sew a skirt. But I didn’t even attempt that one, as I realised it isn’t a truly important goal for me. And so, I’m calling the year a success!”>