A Goodbye Letter to 2015

Posted on 31 Dec 2015 in FIERCE, FRESH, health, travel, writing, yoga | 9 comments

instagram year in review

Year in review via Instagram #bestof2015


Thanks to Elena Brower for introducing and offering this end of year practice. I recommend everyone try this, it’s felt very liberating getting these words out and saying goodbye to the good and the bad!  

Dear 2015,

Before we say goodbye I want to thank-you for everything that you have been and everything that you have not. This has been a year of change and opening, learning, feeling alone and embracing a new life. You’ve asked me to find growth and accept change in new ways, starting with a cross country move from NYC to Berkeley. Leaving friends and a life that was invigorating and inspiring, but draining and ripe for change was a sudden and intense experience.

You forced me to help my family in a time of need, mourn the loss of two people close to me, not just through death, but also separation, which often feels worse. Alternately, you allowed me to welcome in health and light for my Mom and be with her through an amazing transformation.

On the West coast you’ve put me through the ringer and asked me to truly consider what the work is that I’m after and that will feed my heart and soul, I’m still on that path, but my writing truly lights me up and I got to do so much of it this year; meeting new people, writing for amazing brands and entrepreneurs, stretching my skills and giving me some time to enhance my own blog and clarify my work.

You gave me my dream home in the hills surrounded by nature where I can really let my mind wander and get great sleep. You’ve given me new friends and re-connected me with a few oldies that I’m so glad to have near me!

2015, you’ve asked me to be ok in extreme change and it’s been really hard and uneasy, but I know this is something that I’ve needed to work on for some time. Fortunately, I have the best partner anyone could ask for and this year has been one of hard truths and growth for us as well as we learn more about one another and discover what nearly a decade of togetherness looks like and who we want to be as a pair and individually.

You’ve also allowed me to rescue the sweetest little being I’ve ever met, a 6-lb Chihuahua named Bernadette who has brought me so much joy and love I can’t even describe it. I feel my love and dedication to animals growing non-stop and I truly desire to commit myself to helping bring change for them next year. 

You took me on so many adventures I can’t even count. Not only in this big move but also around the World to Berlin, Cabo San Lucas, Whistler, NYC, LA, Australia, Colorado, Calistoga and more. You’ve kept Wanderlust in my life literally and figuratively and staying in that community has meant so much and I know I’m not meant to be still. 

2016 is a year of expansion, not staying in something that doesn’t resonate, continuing to find my true path and staying present throughout the ups and downs. Feeling less constriction in change and being open energetically to what may come, continuing to strengthen my body and settle my mind through an ever changing yoga practice.

Thanks for everything 2015, you’ve been real but it’s time to move on. Goodbye 2015.

All my love,




  1. Kari Bryan / January 1st, 2016 1:46

    Nicely said, cels…and thank you for loving me

  2. Derry / January 1st, 2016 18:22

    That was beautiful to read, Celsea, and I wish you the best in 2016.

  3. Emily Cardamon / January 1st, 2016 20:13

    This is so wonderful , thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Celsea Novotny Jenkins / January 1st, 2016 20:13

    Thanks Emily, happy new year!

  5. Julia Clare / January 1st, 2016 21:33

    Love this! Happy New Year!

  6. Erin Polychronopoulos / January 2nd, 2016 16:37


  7. Celsea Novotny Jenkins / January 2nd, 2016 17:40

    Happy new year Erin!

  8. Ansley Fones / January 11th, 2016 22:44

    Happy New Year, Celsea!

  9. Ansley Fones / January 11th, 2016 22:44

    Happy New Year, Celsea!