2014: A Year In Review, But Not Quite


Today I considered writing a traditional year in review post and even began writing one out with the major events that happened within each month. About halfway through, however, I stopped and couldn’t convince myself to continue. For one reason or another I didn’t have it in me to keep going. That kind of a post just doesn’t seem to fit this year. Not because nothing happened, but because SO MUCH happened.

This has been a year of change. Of picking up and moving just because it was the next step and thing to do. A year of chasing dreams and reaching them and the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This was a year of leaving everything behind and finding a whole new life.


Obligatory moving selfie to prove it really happened, of course.

2014 was a year of moves. Into a new apartment in Atlanta. Into my summer housing with 3 other women in Chicago. Into my apartment in Chicago. I am now a complete pro at packing everything I own into my car. Now that I’ve really settled for a bit and have furniture, however, that might be a bit more difficult.

This was a year of love. Strong, real, honest love. Of losing love. Of finding it in 40 tiny souls that look to me for love and guidance every day. A love I didn’t know existed until these babes showed me.

This was a year that showed me where my strengths were. And where they definitely weren’t. It was a year of fear and joy and overcoming. A year of hard, hard, and rewarding work.

As I think about my goals, resolutions, and my word of the year (announcement coming later this week!) I’ve begun seeing more and more that this has been a year of support. Giving and receiving it right back. Abundantly. Overwhelmingly. Being able to do life with the people around me has made this a year of coming out stronger on the other side.

Though maybe this isn’t the traditional “year in review” post that you’ll see elsewhere. This is the review that I’ve needed to renew my energies and determination for the months to come. This has been a year of many things.

Thank you for being a part of it.

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