The Year That Was: The Minimalist Vegan Yearly Review 2015

yearly review 2015

With the overflow of work from this year, we’ve shifted our focus to 2016. However, this is a not a good thing. Why, you ask? Well, it’s so easy to forget about your past because you’re always focused on what’s next. It’s a trap many of us fall into—I know we certainly have.

That’s why we’re going to take some time to reflect and look back at the year that was. What were the lessons, the breakthroughs? What were some potential opportunities?

With only a few days left in 2015, it’s a great time to look back at the year. We’ve had massive personal developmental breakthroughs which we would like to share with you. In fact, a lot of our progress can be attributed to this blog.

If you haven’t thought about it already, we hope that this post will inspire you to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that was. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the fact that you’re still alive and you can still make an impact in the world.

Milestone 1 – We launched The Minimalist Vegan.

As you’re reading this blog, it only makes sense to talk about it first. Launching TMV in March was one of the best things we’ve done for ourselves and others. This project has been a mixture of creativity, self-development, community, compassion and simplicity all rolled into one.

It was around this time last year that we purchased the domain name and put up a Facebook page. TMV was originally going to be a cookbook where we would bring simplicity to the kitchen. However, we felt like we had so much more to share and discover than just recipes.

After doing some initial research, we found that many blogs and websites were talking about simplicity while others would focus purely on plant-based recipes. No one seemed to be merging the two lifestyles. That’s when we thought to start this blog with the goal of documenting a dual lifestyle that we strive to live each day.

Since launching the website earlier this year, we’ve been blown away by the response. We’ve been interviewed on podcasts, featured on the front cover of magazines and had over 120,000 different people from around the world stop by.

We’ve also had the pleasure of connecting with our readers one on one whether it’s through our newsletter, on social media or directly on the blog itself. To be honest, this is the best part for us. It’s incredible to see just how many of you share the same ideals as us and it goes to show how conscientious this world is becoming.

So thank you. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read our content and try out our recipes. We know how valuable your time is and we don’t take it for granted.

Here’s to another year of sharing and connecting on The Minimalist Vegan.

Milestone 2 – We met amazing people.

Since declaring our values to the world at the beginning of the year something interesting has happened. We’ve attracted amazing people into our lives.

We haven’t quite finalised our dream team yet, but we’re certainly getting closer. TMV has been an excellent platform for connecting with people locally and around the world.

We’ve also felt that as the year has gone on, our existing relationships have improved. For a moment there we felt a little isolated, which inspired us to write about the challenges of being different.

But looking at those relationships now, it’s clear that our friends and family have come around to accept us for who we are. It’s also been a lesson for us to not judge others and to accept them even if they don’t share the same values.

Milestone 3 – We travelled around the world.

Up until 2015, Maša and I hadn’t had the opportunity to travel much. We either had work or study commitments or not enough money.

So by the time this year started, we were itching to experience new environments. In March we spent a week in Northern Australia, specifically Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. It was an inspiring trip and one to remember. First of all, the food there was fantastic! Secondly, we launched TMV in Byron Bay, so it’s a sentimental memory for us.

In April, we spent a few days in the Blue Mountains. We used this trip as a testing ground to see how long we could go without being connected to the Internet. We’re typical millennials who fight the addiction to the internet. It was a great little experiment and something I think we should all do from time to time.

In September we flew abroad to Europe for just under three months. I won’t talk about it here as it’s been well documented on our website and newsletters.

Milestone 4 – We tried house sitting and fell in love with a pet dog along the way.

For three months we looked after a dog named Coco while her parents were overseas. It was an eye-opening experience for us as we hadn’t cared for a pet dog together before.

It also gave us a glimpse into what we could expect from each other as parents (which was positive by the way). Also, the dog that we were looking after is adorable, and she taught us a lot about compassion and being present. I’m sure many of you who have a dog can relate.

Milestone 5 – We moved house.

In addition to falling in love with Coco, we also fell in love with the neighbourhood we were house sitting in. It has a great community, local shops, park and communal veggie garden. It’s also in great proximity to the CBD.

So when we got back from Europe, we decided to look for a long-term lease in that area as we were already familiar with and wanted the lifestyle it had to offer.

Even though it has only been a few weeks, we couldn’t be happier with our decision. It’s such a privilege to have access to great organic and vegan food at your doorstep in addition to a fantastic recreational park.

Milestone 6 – We got engaged!

On Friday the 25th of September I proposed to Maša in Paris and she said yes (well she nodded as she was crying so much but I’ll take that as a yes!).

This was without question one of the most magical moments to remember for the rest of my life.

The Theme For 2016.

Phew. That was a lot!

Looking back at the year, I feel both nostalgic and exhausted. There was a lot of excitement, exploring and newness. Which going into the year, is what we were looking for.

However, now that we’ve gotten all of that change and travel out of our system, we’re looking forward to a year of routine and stability. We’re ready to stay put for a while and focus on growing The Minimalist Vegan and Fairlings, which is the new online store we’ll be launching in the new year.

We’re also getting married in March, so we look forward to enjoying the next chapter of life together as minimalist vegans.

How was your year? Share a quick highlight of your milestones for 2015 in the comments below.

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