For me, New Year’s is that time of year when I take a break and look back on the last 365 days. I wasn’t planning on writing a “year in review” type post. After some thought, I figured that it would be nice to wrap up the year and look back on some highlights of 2015.
I’m not sure if I’ll write these sorts of posts every year. However, I feel like there were enough interesting things that happened to make 2015 deserve a “wrap up post”. So, without further ado, here are some of the most memorable things that happened this year here at Toward Minimalism:
- In May, I wrote a guest post for Annienygma about desires and how to deal with them.
- In June, we had a visit from Adrian Crook from 5 Kids 1 Condo. I had a chance to interview him about his unique lifestyle in downtown Vancouver.
- In July, I was interviewed by Kyle Darbyson, a writer for The Fulcrum, for an article he was in the process of writing. The article is called Material matters. It talks about over-consumption and our obsession with material possessions. (The Fulcrum is the school newspaper at the University of Ottawa.)
- During that same month, I was interviewed by Laura and Mark Tong at Enjoy Life Slowly. You can listen to the little chat we had here.
- Toward the end of July, I was also nominated by Carol Preibis from Ahh the Simple Life for the Sunshine Award. It’s a little chain award that bloggers can pass on to each other. You can read her nomination post here, and you can read my response here.
- On October 5th, I taught a class about minimalism at the Westboro Brainery. That evening, every seat in the room was taken. Minimalism has clearly piqued the interest of many people.
- On December 14th, I was on CBC Radio 1 here in Ottawa on a show called All in a Day with Alan Neal. I was part of a panel and the topic for the ten minute segment was “gift ideas for minimalists” (i-e gifts that just don’t turn into clutter).
Lastly, here are the 5 most popular posts of 2015:
- The Key to Living in the Moment
- Keeping a Clear Study Space
- The Two Main Benefits of Having a Minimalist Desktop
- Why You Should Still Keep a Few Sentimental Items
- How to Slow Time Down
For 2016, I will try to do more of the same. Hopefully you’ll continue to find my posts useful and inspiring.
With that, I wish you a happy New Year and as always, thank you for reading and sharing.