Finish This - 2014 Year End Review

It is hard to believe that this year is coming to a close. Looking back on the past three hundred sixty-five days I can say that it was one of the best years I have ever had. There has been laughter and there have been tears.  My abs got some serious workouts from many girls nights and I learned to let some walls down.  It was a year of firsts, of beginnings, of lasts, and of endings.  

Without further adieu, I bring you my year end review.  

What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
-Took a two and a half week European vacation.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions? Will you make more in 2015?
-No, not really.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
-No

Did anyone close to you die?
-No

What countries did you visit?
- England and Scotland

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
-More friends and family in my home to celebrate life and love.  Be it for dinner, movie nights, or parties.

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory?

-June 21st.  I boarded the plane to head to England for the next two and a half weeks.  Not only was I heading out on vacation, but I was off from work for the next two and a half weeks.  That time off and away from home way eye opening, relaxing, and just what I needed to have some time away from the office and to shut off for a while.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
-For the first time in what felt like a long time I opened my heart up for new relationships and experiences.  I put my guard down and let the Lord's love guide my life.

What was your biggest failure?
-Waiting on my life to start, but thankfully I learned from that and didn't let it stop me for the entire year.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
-Not really.  My allergies presented new problems and were frustrating because they are out of my control, but happy to say I was healthy all year.

What was the best thing you bought?
-This one is still crazy to me! I purchased a 2014 FJ Cruiser just two years after I purchased a 2013 FJ Cruiser in 2012.  This was hands down one of the craziest things I have ever done and easily the most 'single' thing I have ever done.


Whose behavior merited celebration?
-Umm... for a single lady with no pets or roommates this is a funny question.

Where did most of your money go?
-Traveling, my house, and car payments.
Museum of Modern Art in Oklahoma City visiting the Chihuly exhibit on the left and a shot of a beautiful day in Bricktown in Oklahoma City while visiting with my sweet friend Katie.

What did you get really excited about?
-My vacation with my family, my new FJ Cruiser, my new KitchenAid mixer and coffee.  because well, coffee is good for the soul and my spirit animal!

What song will always remind you of 2014?
-Where Did Your Love Go by Kellie Pickler

Compared to this time last year, are you:

     Happier or sadder?
     -Happier.

     Thinner or fatter?
     -Same.

     Richer or poorer?
     -Richer since I am done renovating my house.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
-Traveled, but that is pretty much the story of my life.  I took the trip of a lifetime to England this summer but wish I would have taken more weekend trips.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
-Think about and waste my time on things that I don't have or no longer have.  I wish I would have lived in the moment a bit more and found better contentment in my singleness.

How will you be spending Christmas?
-With family.  My dad's family on Christmas Eve and just my mom, dad and I at the ranch on Christmas day.

Did you fall in love in 2014?
-I fell in love with the wonderful life I have been blessed with over the past few years and learned to truly enjoy it.

How many one-night stands?
-No.

Who were your best friends?
-Rebekah, Keeley, Katie, Jessica

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?
-Open my home up for girl's nights and host my favorite ladies.

What were your favorite TV shows?
-NCIS(all three of them), Hawaii 5-0, Forever, The Tonight Show, Hart of Dixie, The Pioneer Woman

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
-I would hardly say hate, but my patience has worn thin with a few people at work.  The way that we work and our attitudes towards our work are very different and that has shaped the way I interact with them.

What was the best book you read in 2014?
-Robin Jones Gunn's 'The Glenbrooke Series' and Nora Robert's 'The Bride Quartet' series

What was your greatest musical discovery?
-There have been some really great country and Texas country albums released this year and two of my favorites are Kelli Pickler's the Woman I Am and Wade Bowen's self titled album.  Two non country discoveries were Gwen Stefani(I know, late to the party) from watching her on The Voice and Sam Smith.

What did you want and get?
-A KitchenAid mixer.  My parents got it for me for Christmas and it was exactly what I wanted.  My happy place is in the kitchen, and with that mixer I don't know how it could get any better!

What did you want but did not get?
-I have been very blessed this year by my family and my job and cannot think of anything off the top of my head. Although, a Goldendoodle would be nice!

What were your favorite films this year?
-Blended with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
- twenty-five.  On the big day I went out to dinner with the family and then that weekend I went shopping with the girls and had dinner with them at The Cheesecake Factory.  yum.
Birthday Flowers and Cookies 

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
-Happily I cannot think of anything.  I found love with family and friends and in unlikely relationships and am thankful for that.

What kept you sane?
-My amazing parents and our little life here on the ranch.  The three of us are a really great team and I am thankful for them everyday.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
-Probably Jimmy Fallon.  The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is pure genius and I enjoy watching it each evening.  I talk about it with friends and family all the time and it is such great entertainment.  I love everything about him and am obsessed with his growing family.

What political issue stirred you the most?
-The Michael Brown riots in Furgeson, Missouri.  This was the first time in my lifetime that I remember anything like that happening.  It over took the news and cities around the world.  My parents can recall things like this happening in the past, but it is a first for my generation.

Who do you miss?
-I miss my grandparents. They were all such a huge part of my childhood and I wish I was able to share the blessings I have now with them.

Who are the best new persons you met this year?
-Hands down my home group at church. I joined the group just after my birthday in January and those amazing women have been such a huge part of my year. We have laughed, cried, and laughed some more together. It is hard to image the past year without them and their amazing friendship. I feel as if I have known them a lifetime already.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
-That guarding one's heart is overrated.  I believe in taking care of one's self and not being stupid, but if one guards their heart to tightly or at all they are in danger of not allowing love to get in.

Quote that sums up the year:
-"Give love away like your life depends on it."

Many thanks to Nicole, Becky, Jen and Lisa for the many wonderful link ups this year.  I have had a great time and look forward to more in the upcoming year.

Comments

Helene said…
Oh my goodness I love these questions! You had a wonderful year, especially with you AMAZING trip! Cheers to 2015!
What a beautiful 2014!! Also, I think that vacations are a good place to spend the majority of your money. I wish we had more time to go on vacations, because I could totally use one. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
YEA!!! I'm so glad you joined the year in review link up and I'm incredibly thankful for your participating in "Finish This" too. I hope you'll continue joining my shenanigans in 2015. It sounds like you've had a great year of self-discovery and self-appreciation, I need to stop more often and enjoy (appreciate) the life I have instead of worry and stress all the time about things that are out of my control. Aye ei ei. Congrats on the new KitchenAid mixer, I love mine. I just recently discovered a recipe for homemade yeast rolls that I can actually make with great success and it's super-duper simple with a stand mixer. I'll be posting the recipe soon, it's definitely blog-worthy and user-friendly. Blessings to you in 2015, hope it's a great year. :)
Nina Beana said…
Totally jealous of your European vacation! Happy 2015 to you!
I loved the Bride Quartet books! Happy New Year friend!
P.S. one of my at least weekly uses for my Kitchen Aid mixer is shredding chicken, you should try it!