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Reflecting on the Good of 2014 Despite the Bad

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Aaaaaaand it’s December.

I realize we are mid-month already, but just before Thanksgiving my husband and kids packed up our bags and left for Chile. It was a last minute, spur of the moment decision. Not to be adventurous, but to say goodbye to my sweet and handsome Opa (grandfather) who, chances are will not see the new year.

During those two weeks, not only did I spend time with my Opa and family, but I began to reflect back to this year and everything I personally have gone through and just how much I’ve actually overcome. The mind is a funny thing — when at rest and at ease, it works as its supposed to slowing digging around in the archives, bringing memories to the forefront. Things I hadn’t remembered were coming back more vividly and with more detail. I felt sane and serene.

I’ve had help along the way, but I allowed myself to give myself full credit for those unstoppable moments I’ve lived. Because despite slowing down and falling down I’ve come back up, always.

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Below are highlights of my year, a sort of review. Frankly, I’m proud of myself, but I won’t lie, I NEED 2015 to be THE year. The past two have been oh-so-trying.

January — Started the year on a high note, but still no plans or expectations. Truthfully, I was just wandering aimlessly, “waiting” for something. For what? I don’t know. Only we can make things happen.

February — Was asked to come on Let’s Talk Live a local TV news show, which then lead to me coming on 7 more times throughout the year helping towards my goal of working on television.

March — I applied for and was offered the position as Social Media Manager for Visit Alexandria. The job has been life saving; allowing me to work from home, work on other projects and pay bills and outstanding loans we have.

April — We went “home” to London for two weeks. I had massive anxiety while I was there but I pushed through ignoring some of the major red flags.

May — My body couldn’t handle it any longer and I had a 3 day long anxiety/panic attack in San Francisco during a PBS event which landed me in the hospital. This was my “breaking point.”

June — Started working out at Fitness on the Run. I hadn’t taken care of my body or my eating in months and it felt so SO good to “sweat out the nasties.”

July — Began seeing a therapist to help with the depression and anxiety which has turned out to be a God send! Slowly my husband began coming with me and we’ve taken the time to work on us as well. We are a different couple now. Amazing.

AugustROAD TRIP! Again, we had not planned a summer vacation due to money, but I just announced to my husband that we would do a road trip and taking advantage of the fact we have family along the planned route. We took off for a week and we loved every moment of it — even the stinky foot smell in the car when my son took off his socks!

September — My son started Kindergarten which was monumental! Now instead of two kids at home, I just had one. What a load off, and I could spend more time with my daughter.

October — Possibly one of my best months in blogging. Between paid events, sponsored posts and the two social media clients it was my highest grossing month to date.

November — Trip to Chile to visit and say goodbye to my Opa. It was wonderful in brining my husband and I even closer and my children loved every moment with their extended family.

December — Well, before Jesus has his big day, I turn 36 on the 19th. I’ve never cared too much about getting older, but that number is like….whoa.

And just like that, there goes 2014 never to return again. It’s one for the history books, that’s for sure!

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