Melbourne’s mercury is currently set at 39 degrees celsius and there are no shortage of reminders that 2016 is only hours away. 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year. Challenges, blood, sweat and tears littered the way of achieving milestones. Right now, I’m breathing a massive breath of relief for surviving another year and feeling super proud of all that I have accomplished in 2015. Here are my 2015 favourite five.
- Passing my PhD confirmation.
A huge milestone for me in my PhD journey – being “confirmed” means that my project is on track and supported by my university and school. The process included submitting a detailed research plan and presenting my project to a panel of internal and external researchers who have expertise in my research topic.
> Read about how I look after my mental health here.
- Travelling to Brussels, Vancouver and Adelaide for diabetes.
My first European and Canadian trip! I’ve never really considered myself bitten by the travel bug. Of course I want to see the world and I consider myself to be incredibly lucky to do this now while championing for diabetes whether it be through research or the IDF Young Leaders Programme.
> Read about my reflections from my Brussels trip here.
Diabetes technology is ever evolving but is still out of reach for many due to cost. The convenience and peace of mind of being able to see trends in my sugars is a luxury I am grateful for.
> Read about my experiences of wearing a sensor on my arm here.
- Continuing to keep active.
Exercise or going to the gym is something I go through phrases off. Keeping it a constant throughout the year has been a struggle. Funnily enough my Fitbit has been a key motivator is getting my butt in gear.
> Read about how somedays a sleep in trumps gym here.
- Being elected as president-elect of the IDF YLD Programme.
I am humbled and honoured to help lead the Young Leader in Diabetes Programme towards bigger and better successes over the next few years. In Vancouver, every Young Leader I met and spoke to was filled with such intense passion to help others, it’s now up to us as executive and regional council to turn their projects into successes.
> Read my Thank You post to all the incredible Young Leaders here.
Here’s to a productive 2016 with new experiences, friendships, challenges and milestones. 2016, I’m ready for you!
4 thoughts on “2015 Favourite Five”
Happy New Year Ashley and a big congratulations on all of your achievements in 2015! May 2016 bring many more wonderful opportunities.
Best wishes Kate
Thanks Kate, wishing all the best for the coming year.
I’m sure we’ll run into each other soon!
You are awesome girl! Can’t wait to see what you achieve in 2016 😀
Thanks Annelieke! You are awesome yourself! Missing you heaps. Good luck with everything in 2016 🙂