2014 in Review

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?  Nothing big, but we toured the Fox Theater and really enjoyed it!

2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always resolve to try and eat healthier and exercise more. And I do a little bit better every year. (Same old, same old)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes! My childhood friend, Jen, gave birth to twin boys!

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank you, Lord.

5. What countries did you visit? None.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? Better health.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 14th. My brother Jacob's wedding.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I hate the word "achievement." It sounds so...big. I didn't win any awards or trophies or anything of that nature. In fact, I read a quote just yesterday that said: "Don't focus on achievements, focus instead on contributions. What did you contribute today?" Wow. My contributions were in serving my family, friends, and community. Small things. Helping my sister-in-law craft for her wedding, planning a family vacation, helping my sister research and write her Art History paper, organizing a food drive, etc.

9. What was your biggest failure?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Same old, same old.

11. What was the best thing you bought? I finally got a Kitchenaid stand mixer! I've been wanting one for years!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? I'm impressed with my sister, Chelsea. She moved to GA in May, started nursing school, found a new job and a new church, and made friends. She's so grown up!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Luke's old Cub Scout Pack disbanded so he joined a new one...only to be bullied by one of the existing boys. I hate that he spent an entire week at camp being harassed and bullied. It really shook him.

14. Where did most of your money go? Home improvements, which is pretty much the story of our lives (and we wouldn't have it any other way).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? We took a family trip to Disney World in May with Karen and Tim. We had such a great time. Really wonderful memories.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014? Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. My health has perked up in these past few months so I'm excited about the possibilities.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer. Not by much, but anything helps!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Driving 1.5 hours to my dr every 6 weeks! Here's hoping that's coming to an end shortly.

20. How will you be spending the Winter? Reading, knitting Gabe a Minecraft scarf, and scrapbooking.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014? Same loves as always. :)

23. What was your favorite month of 2014? May, for sure. Our trip was so much fun.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Downton Abbey is one of my favorites and Gilmore Girls was really fun.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope. Not a hater, such a waste of time.

26. What was the best book you read? I really enjoyed How Google Works by Schmidt and Rosenberg. There were plenty of good books this year, but none that were really exceptional.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

28. What did you want and get? My bestie decided to homeschool her kids next year and I couldn't be happier! Also, I enrolled the boys in a homeschool enrichment program every Wednesday and they have learned so much.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? The third Hobbit was really good. So was the latest installment of Hunger Games. Captain America: Winter Soldier kind of blew my mind a little bit. I loved the Libertarian leanings in that movie!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 34. I don't remember what we did. Maybe sushi?

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Being healthier and stronger.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? Despite the fact that I haven't lost any weight this year, I decided I needed at least some new clothes. I also found a few fashion blogs featuring women who are in that middle range between model-thin and plus-sized to give me inspiration.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer and journaling.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Ferguson. Ugh.

36. Who did you miss? Friends. Again. It’s hard to maintain friendships when I feel so run-down all of the time!

37. Who was the best new person you met? Luke made a friend at church that he kept going on and on about. We met his parents and they invited Luke to check out their Cub Scout Pack. We did and they are all awesome people! The boys and I joined a homeschool group that meets once a week during the warm months and sporadically during the cold months. All of the ladies and kids are friendly and Luke is thrilled for more social time.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014: I happened to read several business books, etc, that I normally wouldn't have been interested in, but really enjoyed. It came to me one day that we should pay attention when someone does something well. It doesn't matter if they are in the same industry or life stage or whatever. When someone does something well, we can always learn from them and then take those lessons and apply them to our own life.

39. Best quote of the year? "I'm not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it." Erica Cook.


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