Socks & Epiphanies: A 2015 Recap

“Pffft,” I huffed as I flung a pair of pants across the room.

“This is stupid.  Everything is stupid.” I proclaimed, hurling a handful of shirts that whooshed into an explosion of cotton fireworks.  The fabric of our lives? Not today.

“What’s the point?  This year sucked.  It was a terrible year.” I again asserted, giving a forceful kick to the next victim, the laundry bag. Its contents spilled everywhere.

I was feeling sorry for myself this morning, convincing myself that 2015 was a rotten year.  Things had not gone my way.  Poor me.  Sniffle, sniffle.  As my cat, Toby, scampered from the barrage of sock grenades I had started launching, my husband- loving as ever- stopped me, took me by the shoulders, and softly said, “It wasn’t that bad, was it? We got to see Paris this year, remember?”  No truer statement could be said.  His words took a moment to process, and as such, I sighed, cracked a smile, and began to reassemble the laundry strewn all over our bedroom.

2015 was not as terrible as I was determined to believe, but it was hard.  It was a challenging year.  Though amidst the adversity was a year bountiful in adventure, accomplishments, and -of course- the beginnings of this journey here at À La Prochaine.  I went to Paris.  I started to run races- I can run five miles without collapsing.  I started to paint again. I found old friends and globally connected with new ones under one common interest.  My husband’s simple statement catalyzed an important realization- it was a good year.  It was a great year.

I am thankful that in dark times, I found solace in my passions, including this tiny Francophile nook within the internet.  As 2016 approaches, I feel prepared and excited for the prospects, regardless of hardship ahead.  A sincere ‘Merci’ to all of you who have supported this endeavor, as trivial as it might have sounded initially.    In just the three short weeks of being live, the response and interest has exceeded all expectation.  Trust me when I say that I have prepared a fun 2016 for you all, loaded with excursions, art, film, music, and- most importantly- food.  I hope you will all continue to follow and support À La Prochaine and local French culture.  There is no year without difficulty, which is a fact that becomes more prevalent as we age.  For those of you who had a wonderful 2015, I hope the coming year is equally successful.  For those of you who had a difficult year, I hope 2016 is kinder and brighter.  Regardless, I hope all of you will be inspired to do what you love and be surrounded by the right people who support your passions.  As I learned this morning, having support affords us the tools to be the purveyors of our own happiness.

I also learned that folding laundry while angry is never a good idea for anyone.

Merci. Bonne Année. À la prochaine.

On the Eiffel Tower
The happiest moment of 2015. On the Eiffel Tower with my biggest supporter.
  1. Lily la Tigresse

    January 18, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Happy New Year Jess! Don’t worry … 2016 is going to be a FABULOUS year! I can feel it and I hope it will make you quickly forget any darkness of 2015 🙂

    1. Jessica

      January 19, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Thank you so much, Lily!! Happy New Year to you too! I’m already loving 2016! 🙂

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