The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

My 2015 Wrap Up


The Recovering Pessimist: My 2015 Wrap Up-- Memories, lessons, and highlights that made this of of the best years of my adult life. | #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist

There are three days left in 2015. Seriously, where did the time go? I swear, we got to June, and the remaining six months just flew by. Insane. Before I got wrapped up in 2016, I wanted to share a few of the lessons, highlights, and memories that made 2015 one of the best years of my adult life.

Letting Go

When I decided that I was going to practice letting go in 2015, I knew there was one thing I absolutely had to let go of:


In the past, there were so many people who took too much of my time and energy. Under no circumstances are they solely to blame. I kept them around because we were family, friends, and/or had sentimental value.

I have goals, hopes, and dreams that I need to make my reality. Guess what that requires? That’s right, time and energy. The two things that dead weight were draining from me.

[bctt tweet=”Life has a way of making things happen not when you want them to happen, but instead when Life feels you are ready for things to happen.”]

There were events that occurred that throughout the year that stung emotionally. Once I got past it, I gained an incredible amount of clarity. Those events were opportunities to let people and things go that were no longer good for me. Not to say that I couldn’t have done it sooner, but sometimes you need an extra push in order for you to get the message.

[bctt tweet=”I can’t make room for greatness if I allow dead weight to hold me back.”]

Time Management + Determination = Success

I struggled with time management throughout the year. I would spend an entire day lounging around, knowing I had things to do. Oftentimes, it would take me days to catch up.

[bctt tweet=”If you don’t manage your time, you’ll never cross things off your to-do list.”]

So, I compromised with myself. Instead of spending the entire day working on one blog post, I started using the Pomodoro Technique. Using my ClearFocus app, I would start a task and work on it for 25 minutes. If I needed more time, I would skip the break and continue working for another 25 minutes. It was amazing how much I got done in such a small amount of time.

[bctt tweet=” You have to make the most of the time you have. “]


In February, I wrote about how a tweet led to a new laptop. I wanted to share with the Twitterverse (Twitter + Universe) the full circle of emotions I had when I realized that it was indeed a dream. Under no circumstances did I think that Lenovo would respond, let alone get their followers involved to make my dream come true.

[bctt tweet=”@Lenovo reminded me that dreams indeed do come true. #LenovoSurprise”]


My favorite memory of this year was when I finally met Amber from Climb Out of the Cubicle¬†in person. She’s my sister from another ma’am and mister. Even though she’s 12 hours away from me, I’m sure she’ll agree that we’re still pretty attached.

[bctt tweet=”I’m forever grateful for having @theambermonaco in my life. Finally meeting her was my favorite memory of 2015.”]

The ups and downs I’ve experienced this year reaffirmed what I want (and don’t want) at this stage of my life. I’m beyond excited for 2016 ready for whatever is to come.

Dreams DO Come True #LenovoSurprise

The Recovering Pessimist: Dreams Do Come True #LenovoSurprise

Image via MsWalton.

Over the weekend, I published a story on Storify about how a dream led to me receiving a #LenovoSurprise Check it out below (or here).


Dreams Really Do Come True #LenovoSurprise


#random I had a dream last night that I won a @lenovo ThinkPad. Woke up and I was mad as hell lol!

— APessimistInRecovery (@MsWalton) February 16, 2015

It began February, 16, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

For the record, I expected absolutely nothing from this tweet other than a response from Lenovo.


The rest of my day continued. Then, I woke up February 17, 2015 to this:

The remainder of my day was spent in a state of awe and shock. See, I had NO intention of any of this happening. But it’s kind of hard to focus when you’re watching complete strangers support your dreams. I managed to write a paragraph when this gem hit my Notifications:

My inbox was FLOODED with well wishes in the forms of mentions, retweets, and favorites. This went on for two hours in my notifications.


I want to thank EVERYONE who supported my dream!! This wasn’t expected, but I’m so very grateful. A special thank you to the AWESOME people at Lenovo!!! Their kindness will help support my goals for this year. Now I’m going to go scream into the pillow again.

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