Reflections on 2014

Well, 2015 is here, and now’s a good a time as any to look back at 2014. The year seemed to fly by, and it was a pretty great one, so I’m kind of sad to see it go. Here are some notable moments from the year…

2014 brought me a lot of good things.

When 2014 rolled in, it did so after a trying year. Trixie got sick in 2013–so sick we almost lost her–but hubs and I rang in 2014 with a dog that was very close to being 100% back to healthy. We did so on the cheap, taking a quiet walk around our neighborhood at midnight. For us, it was the perfect way to welcome the new year.

2014 began cold and full of snow. Not my favorite weather, to be nice about it, and one that really put a damper on my style. The Polar Vortex was the worst thing about 2014 in my book, and I’d be quite happy if 2015 started mild. I shoveled the deck more times than I could count so Trixie could get out to the yard to do her business.

In March, my little brother turned 30. It was (and still is) a little weird. He got engaged in 2013, and gets married this year. Many exciting things coming for the family this year, that’s for sure!

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Ew, my little bro is officially 30! #gettinold

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As the year progressed, I got a little more serious about doing yoga. Granted, I ended 2014 by basically taking a month and a half off of going to the gym, but more on that in a bit. I went to a few awesome yoga workshops at the gym, including a mala bead workshop and a nighttime summer solstice event where we did 127 sun salutations.

After a tight year in 2013, I was able to splurge a little bit on myself. I bought my very first pair of brand new Dr. Martens, something I’d wanted since junior high. It was really satisfying to be able to get myself something I’ve wanted for nearly half my life.

I went to my first blogging conference, Go Blog Social. I learned a lot, met some inspiring bloggers, and definitely got some great ideas for Suburban Style Challenge. Some of them, I’ve put in place. Others… maybe this year.

Hubs and I did something we had been talking about for years… we redecorated our bedroom at my parents’ summer home in MI. It’s really the first room we’ve decorated on our own, since we’ve been renting and haven’t wanted to spend too much on the places we’ve been in. I do have to figure out some artwork and hang a mirror, but past that, we’re really happy with the way the room turned out. It makes me excited for buying a house (something we’re getting closer to), and it’s wonderful to walk into a room and get a feeling of both relaxation and accomplishment all at the same time.

We hosted a birthday party for my mom. It was a “big” party, both in terms of the number of people we had and the number my mom was celebrating (I’ll keep that one quiet though). It was only the second time ever we hosted something larger than having a handful of our friends over, and it was both family and friends of my parents that celebrated with us. It was a big deal, both in terms of fitting everyone in our home, as well as having that “holy shit I can’t believe we pulled that off” feeling that comes from hosting a successful event. I’m hoping 2015 brings us more chances to celebrate with the people we love.

Hubs and I also celebrated five years of marriage in 2014. We did so by taking a trip we’d been talking about since shortly before our wedding… we circumnavigated Lake Michigan. We skipped a few spots, like Door County and Milwaukee, mostly because of time, but also because we didn’t plan anything before hitting the road. That just means we’ll have to hit up those places this year… and maybe head back to a couple of other spots we particularly enjoyed on the trip.

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The #mackinaw #bridge! #circletour moves to the UP!

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Right before taking our trip we got the all clear to travel care-free. Trixie had been pulled off of all of her medication earlier in the year, and the middle of June brought us an all-clear, no meds blood test! This was huge for us, as was her continued good health as the year progressed. We closed out 2014 with a healthy pup, which was one of the most important things to us.

At the end of June, we picked up an ugly wave runner for super cheap, with the hopes of being able to get it running. We did, and while we only had it on the water a couple times, we’re anticipating it bringing us some great times in 2015. I won’t be any prettier, but that’s ok.]

In August, my parents welcomed a little puppy into their lives. I wasn’t happy with my mom’s decision to go with a dog from a breeder, instead of a rescue, but once we saw her little face, it was impossible to not fall in love. Getting the ok from the vet for her and Trixie to meet and spend a long weekend together was also welcome news, since Trixie’s health issues means she can’t be vaccinated any longer. But Zoe and Trix get along very well, and Trixie’s been teaching her all kinds of fun things.

In 2013, I tried bright hair color for the first time. While I liked it, I opted to stay with a natural ombre for much of 2014. As fall approached, I itched for something more, and decided on a steely blue-grey color. But that wasn’t enough change for me, and for the first time ever I went with an undercut. I love the undercut and have really enjoyed the subtle steely color my hair has been, and I’ve gotten a ton of complements on it too.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes that came in 2014 was my husband moving his shop. Three years prior, he moved into the space, which we spent weeks painting and making “livable”. Moving out was bitter-sweet. He downsized, changing the focus of his business, and moved into a much smaller space. It was a lot of work for him, and I helped when I could after work (often skipping the gym). I’m glad the move is over, and I’m looking forward to what 2015 brings him in terms of business… I know it will be nothing but good things!

All in all, 2014 was a great year.

Here’s to 2015 being great for all of us! This year, I’m looking forward to my brother’s wedding, more yoga, watching my husband’s business continue to grow in new directions, and other big things for us. What are you looking forward to this year?

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