Looking Back on 2015: Overview!

2015 was a big year, though it was largely one of transition.

I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Biblical Counseling, bringing to conclusion three awesome years in Texas. Moving from Dallas meant saying goodbye to my friends at DTS, at Trinity Fellow Church, and at the Saranac House.  I never felt more fully myself than when I lived in Dallas, and I will miss the security of having so many amazing friends.

I moved back to my hometown of Peoria in July, where I reconnected with family and my home church. I had a bit of an existential crisis, which always happens when I return home.  It’s hard to leave and change and bring that change back to somewhere familiar.  But in the midst of my own confusion, I reconnected with friends from my old church and my old high school.  And I got to relive old jobs, first as a church secretary, and later as a public librarian.  

I spent the majority of 2015 working on fundraising for my upcoming trip to Athens, Greece, and I learned some fun fundraising tactics in between being incredibly stressed out.  Although I’m glad it’s over, I really do think I could do it again.  I liked stretching my creative and managerial muscles.  I enjoyed experiencing support from people both expected and unexpected.  There’s no way I could have raised $27,700 alone, and thankfully, I didn’t have to.

2015 also marks the birth of this blog: ItIsTrish.  Before this year, I was running three separate blogs: one for book reviews, one for traveling, and one for personal epiphanies.  My friend Libby suggested that perhaps I was splitting myself into pieces because I didn’t think anyone would be interested in All of Me. She’s very wise, and I couldn’t ignore her subtle challenge.  Thus, this blog was born.  I combined all my discordant interests and hoped that people would stick around through it all.  I also wanted to be more intentional about blogging, and I spent this year experimenting with a variety of posting schedules and weekly topics.  I had a lot of fun, and looking at my blog’s statistics, it seems like some of you did too!

2015 Blog Statistics
(as of 12/14/2015)

Total Posts Written | 465
Total Views
| 17,248
Total Followers | 183
Total Likes | 827

In the coming days, I’m going to look more closely at my year in Books, Travel, Favorite Posts, and Looking Forward to 2016!

 

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