I'm not one to set new year's resolutions. I typically hibernate and go creatively dormant during the winter months and not feel that spark of new energy and ideas until the springtime. But I still do enjoy reflecting back on the past twelve months and how I have grown as a person. I love curating my year in words and photos.
I used this same format last year and I thought I would do it again. First up, I've included a bunch of my fave photos of the year. And then I've included a little Q&A at the end of this post.
A look back at 2014:
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Took my hobbyist photography a step further this year. I started contributing my photos to Thrive Moms, and I hosted a day of mini-sessions where I offered family portraits to local families. It felt really scary and vulnerable to put my work out there publicly and actually accept payment for my services. But it was fun to do something that felt like a stretch for me and see the fruits of that.
2. Did you accomplish any goals in 2014?
I prioritized my health. I ran many miles. I started attending Barre classes, I stepped up my photography skills. I finally surrendered something that had been keeping me in the chains of resentment for a long time. I read large parts of the Old Testament. I read large parts of the New Testament. I spent quality time with my husband on a regular basis. I became a contributing writer to a blog/ministry that I feel passionate about.
3. What cities did you visit?
Hilton Head, SC
Marco Island, FL
Atlantic City, NJ
New York, NY
4. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More motivation and guts to get my entrepreneurial dreams off the ground.
5. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 11th when I ran as a relay team in the Delaware Marathon with some friends. It's the exact day I realized my love of running.
6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Successfully training and completing my first Half-Marathon.
7. What was your biggest failure?
General selfishness and seeking my own personal comfort and luxuries above other more worthy and eternal efforts.
8. What was the best thing you purchased last year?
A 10-day family vacation to Disney World & Hilton Head Island, SC.
9. What did you spend the majority of your time doing?
Driving children around.
10. What did you get really excited about?
I started to get a lot of fun new business ideas that I hope to pursue in the coming years. It excites me to think about diving back into some of my loves - art, design, social media, photography and community.
11. What songs will always remind you of 2014?
Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
Pharrell Williams - Happy
John Legend - All of Me
David Crowder Band - Come As You Are
12. Compared to this time last year, I am _____.
13. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gotten up an hour earlier each morning. I am a morning person by nature, so I want to better utilize those precious first few hours of the day when I feel my best and most productive.
14. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Mindless surfing on social media
15. What was your favorite TV show?
It's crazy but I didn't watch any full tv series this year besides episodes of The Big Bang Theory in syndication. I NEED to get Netflix in 2015.
16. What was your favorite music from this year?
Johnnyswim, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, All Sons & Daughters, Ray LaMontagne, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt
17. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 and asked my family if I could spend much of the day all alone to do some shopping, exercising, and sitting in a bookstore reading. It was blissful to have an entire day to myself.
18. What was one thing that made 2014 satisfying?
I got to spend a lot of quality time with my husband this year. The kids are at easy ages now where we were able to sneak away for frequent date nights or fun weekend trips. It has made a huge difference in our marriage.
19. What was your favorite thing to wear in 2014?
Booties! I am usually at least one year late to adopt most fashion trends and this was no exception. I was a loyal tall boot girl for so many years and finally made the switch this year to short boots and LOVE them! I predict a year from now I will finally adopt the high wasted two piece bathing suit that all the cool girls are wearing.
20. What brought you joy in 2014?
Running, reading and discussing the Old Testament with my bible study group, summer days at the pool, Fountain Diet Cokes, an anniversary trip to Marco Island, FL with my husband, daily/weekly text convos with blogging friends, Spotify playlists, Instagram, watching my son learn to play basketball and hockey, watching my daughter soar in her love of reading, Friday night dinners with my family, Saturday morning breakfasts at the Diner, getting goosebumps at church when the choir sings, watching my friends families grow, surrendering something difficult and feeling the peace despite not seeing my own desires met.
21. What are a few things you learned in 2014?
- I learned that my Myers-Briggs personality type is an ENFP and boyyyyy did that explain a lot.
- I learned that I am an introverted extrovert. This basically means that I sit right in the middle of the spectrum.
- I learned so much more about the character of God. I learned about His faithfulness starting all the way back to when Moses was placed in a basket. The depth of his sovereignty was really etched in my heart this year.
- I learned that I am not meant for Twitter.
- I learned that we are not a Disney world family (take us to the beach instead!).
- I learned how much I love Barre classes.
- I learned that my body is stronger than I thought.
- I learned that if I nourish my body with proper nutrition and exercise regularly, I feel 1,000 times better. And my back pain disappears!
- I learned how NOT to train for a half-marathon and what I can do differently for next year.
- I learned about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it affects me pretty drastically from January through March.
- I learned how perfect my husband's favorite meal - Italian Risotto.
Whew! Onward. Ready for 2015...