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.
- Passing the NASM Certified Personal Training Exam
- What to do With a Personal Training Certification
- How I Used GoFundMe to Raise Money for Personal Training
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!
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.
- Getting Published in The Huffington Post
- What to Expect After Being Published in The Huffington Post
I was also published in the Chicago RedEye and spoke on a panel about addiction!
Related: Recovering, Books, and Addiction
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!
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.
- Chicago Spring Half Marathon
- Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
- Magnificent Mile Women’s Half Marathon
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 🙂
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!
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.
Related: My Project Semicolon Experience
9. Running a 5K with Kevin Hart
I think this is self-explanatory.
Related: Running with Kevin Hart
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.
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.
- What are some of your biggest moments from 2015?
- What are you looking forward to in the coming year?