Reflections and Expectations: Wheels Up

It’s all about the holidays. As we close the book on another year, join me in looking back at the month that was in the latest Reflections and Expectations.

December 2015

Christmas – This month saw the return of all but one annual holiday traditions after missing out on everything in 2014 due to extenuating circumstances at the time.

This holiday season marked the first time since 2012 where I was able to participate in seasonal activities hosted by my employer. Among the activities at Mark Thomas & Company included a meetup at a Dave and Buster’s, volunteering at a local food bank and a drive to collect gifts for less-fortunate children and adults.

After missing out on the festivities last year, I came roaring back with my annual traditions in SoCal throughout the last two weeks. This included my return to the annual Christmas party hosted by my railfan buddies at Fullerton station the Saturday before Christmas — which I’ve attended since 2011 — and later spending the Christmas holiday itself with family in San Diego — since 2010. Thanks to improved financial circumstances, I was able to purchase higher-quality gifts for everyone in my family and some of my extended relatives. It’s good to see everything not only back to normal this year but better than years past.

January 2016

  • Grad School – Back into the swing of things after taking a quarter off. This is the capstone semester. If I make it through the next five months, I deserve a corgi.
  • Phoenix – Arizona is a state I twice stopped for airport layovers and once passed through Amtrak. This time, I get to visit the city proper and the state in my own right. Any recommendations?
  • Driving test – At the end of the month, I could very well see myself obtaining a driver’s license for the first time. There’s also the possibility I may not get it on the first try and retakes will be an inevitability. Still, it’s the farthest I’ve ever reached in this process.

A wrap-up post highlighting my major life developments will be published Tuesday. On New Year’s Day Friday, my expectations for 2016. Be sure to check those out when published.

How did this holiday season turn out for you? What are you looking forward to in the coming year? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you. Happy New Year, America!