2015 Year in Review

In fashion with the last day of 2015, I’m taking a look back at 10 of my biggest moments. Some are achievements, some are challenges and processes that I went through, but both the good and the bad are important parts of this year as a whole.

1. Becoming a personal trainer

Once I moved from Virginia, I decided that I wanted to pursue becoming a personal trainer. I signed up, procrastinated as usual, and passed the test at the last possible moment within the 6 month period.

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2. Getting a job at Sweat

Before I was even certified, I had a job. It was as easy as finding the right person to talk to, expressing interest, and working out a plan that might not be as conventional as submitting an application. I started the internship program in January and by March I was teaching classes and taking names!

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3. Being published in The Huffington Post

This was an incredible experience. I submitted my personal story in an attempt to help break the stigma surrounding addiction by reaching a larger audience and it was accepted! Since then I have written a number of other posts for them which is an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.

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I was also published in the Chicago RedEye and spoke on a panel about addiction!

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4. Blogging Conferences

I attended two blogging conferences this year: Blogfest in L.A. and Go Blog Social right here in Chicago. I love being able to meet up with bloggers that I can usually only interact with online and it was a great way to meet new friends!

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5. Running three half marathons

Up to three from last year’s one, I knocked out more half marathons than I should have. The first one in May, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, was my best one. The following two I did because I was sponsored for one and I won a free entry for the third. I undertrained and paid the price, but I finished. Note to self: train to run 13.1 miles.

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6. Working on my marriage

This summer held a rough couple months as Neil and I worked through some issues and discussed the possibility of separating. No one said marriage was easy, but thankfully we found a way to work through things we were dealing with. It’s certainly not perfect and we are still going through some ups and downs, but for the time being things seem to be under control 🙂

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7. Speaking at two addiction conferences

Although they were for the same organization, I was given the opportunity to tell my story and answer questions at both the Maryland and the national training of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. The national conference was held in Orlando which was a great choice given that it was held in November and I got to leave Chicago for some sunshine!

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8. Getting a tattoo

I got my first tattoo this year. After reading about the semicolon as a tattoo, I knew both my addict and literary sides needed to have it. I’d never found something that I wanted tattooed before, but this was the perfect symbol for me to help bring awareness to addiction and mental health. Plus, semicolons are one of my favorites.

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9. Running a 5K with Kevin Hart

I think this is self-explanatory.

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10. Dealing with depression

This was a relatively new obstacle for me, but looking back on many years of my life, it’s not entirely surprising. I was diagnosed with depression a few months ago and started taking medication for it not too long after. It has made a world of difference and I’m so glad that I went through with it.

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Thanks for being with me all along the way and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings. Have a safe and happy New Year tonight!

Thanks to Amanda for letting me think out loud.

Questions:

  • What are some of your biggest moments from 2015?
  • What are you looking forward to in the coming year?
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20 Comments

  1. December 31, 2015 / 6:28 am

    You had a revolutionary year, dare I say, and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it. You’ve battled addiction, and now you are finding your way through real life battles that happen to all of us–I think that is a sure sign of being in the right place. This year, I think you did a lot of work reclaiming who you are–just think of the possibility that 2016 brings with that knowledge and foundation! Happy New Year, Erin! I am so glad that I can call you a friend.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Morgan! I sure hope so!

  2. Toria
    December 31, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Thank you for the courage to be so honest about your challenges, struggles and gifts. I have spent the past year in treatment for cancer, including a bi-lateral mastectomy. I am choosing not to reconstruct or wear fake ones and trying to embrace my body as is. There is a lot of pressure as a ” survivor” to find meaning and purpose in life and to be upbeat and positive. And in many ways I am. But I take inspiration from your ability to admit honestly that life can be hard and frustrating and down right awful at times and that there are advantages to boldly proclaiming that. So, thanks 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks amazing Toria! I get what you mean about the pressure to be positive and an inspiration. There’s always ups and downs though and it’s important people understand that as well!

  3. December 31, 2015 / 8:55 am

    That’s a pretty amazing year, Erin! Congratulations on all of your achievements! And I hope that 2016 will bring you even more successes and happiness 🙂 2015 was a bit of a weird one for me, probably because I spent so much of it focused on work and building up my businesses, so I’m hoping to find a little more balance in 2016. And also to attend some more blogging conferences. Hopefully we’ll find ourselves in the same place at the same time at some point 😉
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…thinking out loud #163My Profile

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I hope we do find ourselves at the same place and you bring me some delicious desserts 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      If you ever have any questions or anything about it feel free to shoot me an email!

  4. December 31, 2015 / 9:57 am

    You accomplished a ton this year Erin, so much to be proud of! Even the tough stuff. Here’s to 2016!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Same to you bri!

  5. December 31, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    So glad you had so many amazing things happen this year, Erin. And I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring. (Hello, book! Can’t wait to read it!!) I’m so excited we got to meet this year and I’m looking forward to seeing more of you next year (fingers crossed)! Hope you have a great NYE/New Year!
    Beth @ Sublimely Fit recently posted…Sublimely Fit’s Best Posts of 2015My Profile

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Same to you Beth! I’ve loved our hang out times even if they were limited. Looking forward to seeing you this summer at Fitbloggin!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I know! I’m hoping for more successes and less crazy life things 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I know me too. I’m also excited to actually meet up w you in person this year. Yay blogging conventions!

  6. January 3, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    What an awesome year! Glad to hear that you and Neil were able to work through things. Marriage is NOT easy, but when you can find a partner who is also dedicated to making it work even if it’s hard, well, that’s pretty amazing!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Wouldn’t it be great if everything was just a piece of cake though? Ha!

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