This year I…

by Kaylah Stroup
played in tide pools for the first time ever.
got a big fat crush on Toronto!
grew lots and lots of plants.
tried more new foods than ever, and even kind of fell in love with cooking.
got to cross off a really silly goal that meant a whole lot.
then celebrated with a spur of the moment road trip tattoo.

started helping Anji out at the flower shop on occasion.

made the beach a cleaner place one neatly organized arrangement at a time.
made pals with lots of new critters including the always adorable Foxy Lady, and Tramp, and some friendly squirrels along the coast.
fell even more deeply in love with both the desert, and my favorite adventure partner.
did some highly questionable things like moving a mattress and lockers on top of Jason’s car.
spent a great deal of pedaling, a lot of the time just to go sit at the beach.
moved into a new apartment.
got back into one of my favorite hobbies.
experienced some truly magical sunsets, my favorite being in Morro Bay.
bought a new car two days before the end of the year!

And oh so much more!

For the past few years I’ve been doing a “This year I…” post. See 2011, 2012, 2013, +2014
If you do a “This year I…” post, leave a link in the comments. I’d love to check it out. 

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Sarah Albertson December 31, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Ok, this seriously sounds like your most awesome year yet, with so many exciting things happening! I had a pretty good year as well. I hope 2016 brings even more wonderful things. Happy New Year!

Kaylah December 31, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Happy New Year to you too, Sarah! 😀

Kristina Burkey December 31, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Oh look at you! It's so cute! Perfect for carrying found items home!!

Kaylah December 31, 2015 - 4:12 pm

I didn't want to get a new car but I'm pretty darn stoked about this ugly lil thing. It's incredible how roomy it is inside. I can haul all kinds of stuff!

Magdalena Kucharska December 31, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Wow! I love white cars <3 Happy New Year!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 12:09 am

I would have preferred a crazy color but this is pretty cool, I guess. 😉

Happy new year to you too!

Magdalena Kucharska January 1, 2016 - 2:19 am

Now no matter what color you'll choose to dye your hair, it'll always fit and look perfect with white 😀 I forgot to leave a link. My post "this year I…" contains all my favourite pictures I took in 2015.

Dina Fragola December 31, 2015 - 4:40 pm

That was one great year!
Mine in recap
Happy new year!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 12:11 am

Happy New Year to you too, Dina! 🙂

Amber December 31, 2015 - 5:15 pm

I loved this post!! Congratulations on your super cute new wheels! I hope you have a great 2016! Happy New Year!!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 12:12 am

Thanks Amber! Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

Jenny December 31, 2015 - 9:47 pm

Wow you've had a busy year! Amazing photo of you and Jeff!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 12:12 am

Thanks, Jenny! Happy New Year! 🙂

Nicole Hokenstad December 31, 2015 - 11:33 pm

I thought you had only had your last car for a year or two??? My cousin has the same car in turd brown and loves it!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 12:14 am

Just under three years. It broke down on Christmas Eve (real cool timing!) and it would cost more to fix than it's worth apparently so new car it is!

Indy January 1, 2016 - 1:11 am

OMG, the lockers on the car…

Cheers to having friends willing to participate in highly questionable yet amazingly helpful activities. 🙂

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Haha, right?! Still one the funniest/ most stressful things we did all year. 😛

Mindi Wooley January 1, 2016 - 3:39 pm

Can't wait to see what you do in 2016! Congrats on your new car!!! I'm going in tomorrow to *hopefully* get a new one myself…it's been 10 years, and I'm so nervous/excited about it!

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 5:59 pm

That's awesome, Mindi! Good luck! I hate the whole car buying experience. I think it's so stressful but totally worth it.

L'Oursonne January 1, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Happy New Year Kaylah!!!My year 2015 is on my blog too if you want! (here :

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Happy New Year to you too! 🙂 January 1, 2016 - 7:13 pm

What a great list, you had an awesome 2015 from the looks of it! I shared things I did in 2015 on my blog today: Happy New Year to you! 🙂
-Ashley Marie | The Vintage Urbanite

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Happy New Year! 🙂

Rae - Say It Aint So January 1, 2016 - 7:47 pm

i love this style of year in review post. here is mine for this year:

Kaylah January 1, 2016 - 7:53 pm

Oh me too! Such a fun post to write every year.

Marie Schiemer January 3, 2016 - 3:56 pm

I always love reading your posts and you always have such great adventures through the year! I can't wait to see how the year ahead treats you and everyone!

Here's my year in a nutshell:

Kaylah January 4, 2016 - 2:34 pm

Thanks so much, Marie! Happy New Year! xo

Hibi January 15, 2016 - 4:49 pm

I always really enjoy your end of the year + new years goals posts! Still after few years following my absolutely favourite blog! Keep on the great work!

Kaylah January 18, 2016 - 4:03 pm

Aw, thank you so much!!! 🙂

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