2015 Highlights and 2016 Goals

January 5, 2016


Hello 2016! I know I’m a little late, but I’ve been super busy transitioning back to school. My one month winter break was wonderful but went by way too fast! I had a great time with family and friends in Minnesota and soaked in some sun in Costa Rica. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year. I love spending the new year reflecting back on the past year’s highlights and starting the new year with a clean slate of things I look forward to!

2015 Highlights:

  • Starting Ditch the Heel was one of my proudest accomplishments. When I first started, my goal was to share my passions and I thought only my close friends and family will read it. Now 6 months later, I have over 3500 subscribers/followers across my channels and I have collaborated with several brands. I am learning every single day! I’ve also made many blogger friends and we share stories about our Instagram husband, juggling blog/school/full-time job, etc. It feels like a sisterhood and I love all of the support we give each other!
  • I love to travel and was fortunate enough to visit many places in 2015: Turkey, China, Japan, Costa Rica, North Carolina, Washington DC, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Oregon, and California. My favorites were visiting my husband in Turkey and our West Coast anniversary trip.
  • I was not a fan of raw seafood until I traveled to Japan. During my one week visit, I had sushi almost every day and even tried raw crab (and it was amazing!). This is a great reminder to always try new food because you may end up loving it!
  • I am loving my graduate school journey and the endless opportunities! Last year I was selected for the Super Bowl Ad Review, where a group of students watched the Super Bowl together to review all the ads based on a framework we learned in class. There were reporters and media networks there, which created a lot of excitement. I also competed in an international case competition and my team took 2nd place at the final round in NYC. It was a great opportunity to practice presenting to a large group of people and I learned a lot about leveraging each other’s strengths during a time crunch.
  • My brother got a puppy @baltosf and I’ve loved seeing it transition from a shy, scared puppy that hid under the bed when I first visited into an energetic, happy puppy that loves to meet new people and explore his surroundings. I just love him and I wish I could see him every day!

Every year I think about new year resolutions, but this year I focused more on my personal goals and things I look forward to in 2016.

2016 Goals:

  • One item on my bucket list is to compete in a triathlon, but I don’t know how to swim! I did take a couple private lessons in 2015, but learned only the very basics. My instructor didn’t even teach me how to tread water. I would like to continue with group swimming lessons in the Spring.
  • It’s surprising that I have never traveled to Europe (unless you count Turkey), so after my graduation this summer I am planning a Europe trip with my husband. We are thinking 2-3 countries, but haven’t decided which ones. I would love to hear your suggestions if you’ve traveled anywhere in Europe!
  • My husband and I are living apart while I attend graduate school. The #1 thing we look forward to is settling down so we can plant our roots. I can’t wait to find a permanent home where we could live the next few years and furnish it with nice things!

I would love to hear your 2016 goals/resolutions and what are your favorite countries to visit in Europe!