Last year was the first year I did this yearly recap post and I thought it was so fun to look back on it this year. 2014 was pretty awesome. We accomplished a lot in the last 12 months and for the most part, we came out unscathed. There was definitely some obstacles that we had to overcome, but I think all-in-all we are just grateful for the blessings we have been given this year. Here’s to hoping 2015 is just as generous!
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
This last year we didn’t do a whole lot of new things, but there were lots of things that we did for a second time that were cool, like having a baby, starting a new job, going to Chicago, going to New York City, going to Tennessee, moving, building a house, maintained a 4.0 average in grad school, etc.
Nolan started Kindergarten this year. So now I’m an official member of the school PTA, and I’ve never done that before. He’s rocking kindergarten and it is the neatest thing in the world to watch him come home every day and him showing me what he learned each day. He reads! He writes! He counts to 100! I know, I know, all completely average milestones but it is incredible to be a part of his little life and to watch him not just grow, but thrive.
Leah danced in her first ballet, Coppelia and she did awesome. I knew she would, that girl was born to be a performer. She started preschool and is a little sponge, soaking up everything she is learning.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Uh, probably not since I cannot even remember at this moment what I said I would do. I’m horrible at resolutions and at times, incredibly flaky about other grand ideas I have. But there are a few things I want to work on so I’m going to aim for these as my “resolutions”:
1. Have more parties
2. Cultivate more female friendships
3. Have more people describe me as fun
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Well, I did. And then a few more sweet friends welcomed babies as well. Huck was the only boy out of about 10 babies born in four week span. What can I say? I like to do things a little different.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No deaths this year, thankfully.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. Just more of America.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
“Greater personal life balance, more contentment in the little things in life, more confidence in myself, improvement in writing ability, and rewarding female friendships.” – This is what I wrote last year and I’m keeping it because it’s still true.
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Huck was born on 2/27/14, we celebrated seven years of marriage on 6/16/14, we closed on the sale of our first home on 7/7/14 (six years after we closed on the purchase), I started my new job on 10/04/14, we closed on the purchase of our new home on 12/19/14 (also my dad’s birthday), and moved on 12/20/14, and left for vacation on 12/21/14.
And on 12/28/19 I tried a cronut for the first time. It was underwhelming.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think managing responsibilities and navigating the needs of various obligations. There were times when I felt like I might collapse under my to-do this, but thankfully, we powered through.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I haven’t done a good job at making new friends and nurturing the few that I have. I never feel like I have enough time and energy left for that piece of the pie, and honestly, guilty of feeling selfish when I do. That seems to be the one that I let slip when other things, like work (all three jobs), school, family, etc. require my attention. That can be kind of lonely. I think I’m rather fun, and I like making other people feel good. So be my friend, dammit.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Huck’s birth was a repeat c-section, and recovery was a little harder than the last. My doctor warned me that would happen.
I need another root canal and crown. I need to stop putting that off. People haven’t died from dental infection since the 1800s but I could end up being the exception to the rule.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
We bought a new vintage tufted sofa for the new house and I want to make out with it every time I see it. I’m so in love with it.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Ha! You tell me? My closet, probably. Shopping is my favorite.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Building a house again was fun. Lots of changes happened this year and that was neat. I really built up the cronut experience in my head and that ended up being super disappointing. Carbs are my love language and that made me feel like I had been cheated or something.
14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Any song from stupid Frozen.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier!
– thinner or fatter? Thinner!
– richer or poorer? Life is much richer.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More traveling, more writing, more parties, more home cooking, more praying, more thankfulness, more giving, more investing, more saving, more exploring, more learning, more teaching, more photography, more memory making, more adventures, more laughter, more storytelling, more reading, more coffee dates, more phone calls, more handwritten letters, more “just because”, more spontaneity, more impromptu dates, more planned dates, more new foods, more whole foods, more fitness, more binge watching television, more movies, more dancing, more painting, more organizing, more water, more cake, more family time, more playdates, more kid dates, more theater, more culture, more sleeping late, more going to bed early, more sleeping through the night, more cuddling, more hugging, more Facetime, more “face” time, more studying, more researching, more wit, more humor, more emotion, more flexible, more sharing, more caring, more confidence, more self-esteem, more blogging, more happy.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less social media, less working, less worrying, less stressing, less anxiety, less depression, less grief, less being lazy, less excess, less junk, less unfinished projects, less yelling, less anger, less unforgiveness, less self-loathing, less clutter, less crying, less wastefulness, less stinginess, less hate, less snobby, less quiet, less introverted, less shy, less critical, less impatient, less rigid, less doubtful, less overwhelming, less underwhelming, less scatteredness, less spend-y, less busy, less sleepy, less mess.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family in Tennessee! It was awesome. We dumped our crap into the new house and then promptly took off for vacation.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I can’t pick one, that’s like naming a favorite child, sheesh.
Up there includes: Scandal, Orange is the new Black, Call the Midwife, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, still watching Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, and Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge me).
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Samatha Irby’s Meaty and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
The National, Ben Folds, Matt and Kim.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I SAW INTO THE WOODS! Zoooomg. I love that musical so hard.
I also really loved Gone Girl and Her.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Nolan and I ran the Color Me Rad 5K. It was so much fun to do with him and I can’t wait to do it again this year.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A million dollars…
Just kidding. That would help though. I’d say being content with what we have both in possessions and in relationships.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
I’m still rocking the cardigan pretty hard. I shopped excessively for the perfect Aztec sweater and found one I looooove! I should post more outfit photos on here.
26. What kept you sane?
My family. And wine.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Risks are almost always worth taking. The right thing will always work out. There will always be something to catch you when you take a leap of faith. God’s plan is better, greater, stronger than what I could ever think of.