When I reflect back on 2014 it’s hard to bring the year into focus in my mind’s eye. So much of it is a blur. It started on the highest of highs as we celebrated our engagement just a week before ringing in the New Year which took us on one wild ride over the next nine months as we planned our Martha’s Vineyard wedding long distance.
Inevitably–as anyone who has ever planned a wedding will tell you–there were lows, but they were completely overshadowed by the unadulterated happiness we felt on our wedding day and during our Charleston mini-moon.
Though the blog was put on the back burner for much of 2014, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with brands I admire: curating a sale with Chairish, creating a paint palette for DC with Farrow & Ball, and traveling to colonial Williamsburg with Benjamin Moore.
One of my proudest accomplishments in 2014 was focusing on my health. I kicked a life-long addiction to Diet Coke cold turkey and transitioned to a primarily wheat, dairy, and sugar free diet after this program changed my life last February (I’m on day 4 of my second round if anyone wants to join!)
Professionally there were changes as well. I juggled a new 9-5 with incredibly rewarding personal projects from Cape Cod all the way to Kentucky. Expect to see more from those projects in 2015!
In retrospect, 2014 was a building year for me; laying the foundation for the goals I hope to bring to fruition over the next year. So, what do I want from 2015?
In short, everything.
Travel: I want to invest more in experiences and take more adventures both near and far. We already have a South African safari on the docket for our honeymoon in early October and plan to extend the trip to include stops in Morocco and London, but I also want to take more spontaneous long-weekends closer to home. The Greenbrier has been on our list but I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Professional: my career goals are a major area of focus for 2015 and my biggest hurdle will be to get out of my own way. It’s time to silence those negative, doubting voices and bet on myself. Let’s make it all happen!
Education: whether a formal class on Photoshop/Illustrator, or finally working my way through A Field Guide to American Houses, I plan to be more intentional with how I spend my time in 2015. More visits to the museums that are at my finger tips and fewer Netflix marathons.
Be Well: both mentally and physically. I plan to continue the healthy habits I laid the groundwork for in 2014, but also focus on eliminating destructive thoughts and behavior. No more comparing my behind the scenes to other people’s highlight reels.
I’ve gotten a little more personal with my goals than I have in years past, but I’m genuinely thrilled to be starting what feels like the next chapter this year. So I’m not alone in laying it all out there, I’d love to hear one of your goals/intentions for the New Year in the comments.
Cheers to 2015!