Recap + Resolute // 2014

December 31, 2014
Happy new years eve! 2014 is coming to a close and I must say it was a pretty stellar year. I mentioned earlier this week that I had been focusing on my resolutions for 2015 but I also feel it is only necessary to recap some of the high's and low's that will forever make 2014 one to look back on for celebration and also growth.

So, without further adieu, let's recap 2014...

Ryan and I bought a new home after an awesome 5 year adventure in our 1st house together.

I had the pleasure of traveling to san francisco, charelston/hilton head and chicago.

My blog celebrated it's 3-year anniversary, however, I feel like the engagement with my readers has gone down so, this is obviously something I would like to improve upon. (feel free to leave a comment if you have an opinion on this topic)

Beth and I got to reunite in steamboat, aka the dreamboat, for a weekend of fun, laughs and endless conversation.

I created some new series to blog about including roundups, #foodporn and inspiration boards.

Rocco turned 3 and continues to win over my heart on a daily, make that minute-by-minute basis.

I had endless late-night bookclub get togethers with the girlfriends that I hold so close to my heart.

I strengthened the relationships with many of my family members this year and I am very proud about that. Yet, some relationships within my family have become extremely strained and nearly broken which has been very difficult for me to process.

With the help of my girlfriends, we pulled off a surprise baby shower to celebrate lindy's baby boy wade.

I turned 31.

2014 To-Dos...I don't believe in resolutions rather a commitment to a plan for better living everyday

And now for my resolutions for 2015...

As the saying goes, 'you are what you eat' and I will be the first to admit I have been a pizza-lovin-cheese-dip-eating-sugar-crazed-maniac as of late. I want to eat clean foods, choose produce that is grown without pesticides, adopt a more consistent 'meatless monday' routine and just be more conscious of what I put in my body.

On that note, I am also going to resolute to not drinking during the week. I don't need to have alcohol during the week even though my mind might try to tell me otherwise. I think if I stick to this goal, I will enjoy the glass or two of wine on the weekends that much more and my body will also feel a hell-of-a-lot better.

Continue to strive for authenticity. It has taken me a long time to feel confident in who I am but I can honestly say, I am happy in my own skin. I have my faults, things I want to improve upon and goals I am striving for but I know who I am and I want to present that to the world every day. It is so easy to fall into a pit of envy and jealousy but I am going to work hard to remember that I can only be me and I am okay with that.

Lastly, my happiness is only dependent upon myself. Outside opinions, materialist items, relationships, my job and so much more cannot be factors in making me happy and whole. I have to love myself endlessly and know that I am enough. I read a great article in glamour this month about reese witherspoon and I felt like she practically took the words right out of my mouth on this subject. 

So there you have it. 2014, thank you for all the lessons, celebrations and fun. I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring to all of us. Be safe and see you next year!

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