2014 . . . What a year!

With only a few days left until we welcome in 2015, it’s time to look back on another year. I feel like we all say it, but don’t the years just go by so much faster nowadays? It seems like every time we blink, it’s another year gone and it feels like there was so much left undone!

Every New Year’s Eve, my husband and I write-up new resolutions, well in our case, they are more like goals, for the year. Things we want to achieve or learn, places we want to visit, etc. We usually end up combining our goals into one “master list” since the end up being so similar, or are things we say “oh yeah, I want to do that too!”. We’re one of those couples that are not an example of opposites attract. We’re so much alike its gross, and have this obnoxiously adorable habit of saying the same things at the same time. I know, I know. . . enough of the ooey-gooey gross stuff 😉

Anyway, before I sit down and start adding goals to the growing list in my head for 2015, I thought I would look back and see how we did on our goals for last year:

1) Develop a regular exercise routine

Done! I can happily say I developed a good routine. This was cemented in place after I got a positive pregnancy test too. The only trick now is changing my work outs up enough to keep me entertained!

2) Clean & de-clutter the house (and basement!)

Well, I would say we got this one about half done. Is my basement clean? HA! Not even close. But we did do a lot of cleaning upstairs, and threw out or donated a ton of stuff. With out second floor so close to completion (it literally just needs the floor!), we’re even closer to reorganizing the house as we stage it to sell, which will help us really complete this goal.

3) Read at least three books

Done! I think this one was more for my husband – I want to read everything in sight! But I found a bunch of books for him over the year that caught his interest, and we even read a few together at night before bed, one of my favorite pastimes! 😉  (I know, I’m such a grandma haha)

4) Find “The Farm”

Ah, #4. Well, as you know we did not end up listing our house this year, so we have yet to find “The Farm” for us. But this will be one of our main focuses for 2015!

5) Open an Etsy store

Hurray! I was able to open my Etsy store in June, I believe. And while I haven’t made millions overnight, I’ve enjoyed filling orders and talking to customers about products we sell and custom options.

6) Study bird identification & bird calls

Eh. Ok. I would love to say we did this, but no “studying” was done. We did some bird look-ups when we were out on the boat or hiking around which sort of counts, but wasn’t as much as I intended when I wrote that one down. Oh well… I’ll roll this one forward to 2015 too.

7) Improve plant identification skills (particularly, mushrooms)

Epic fail. I wanted to learn to recognize mushrooms this year, but ended up not looking up a single one! On to 2015!!

8) Hike & bike frequently (long-term goal: one day to hike the Appalachian trail. Ok, just part of it at least!)

My husband and I got out a good deal this year which was great. And I am continuing to bike since my bicycle is indoors now and hooked up to the trainer. With Baby coming next year, we’ll post pone our Appalachian trail trip, but it will be even better in a few years when we have a curious little one to tag along!

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As you can see, we had some major success with our list, and some complete failures. I can’t tell you that I “forgot” what was on the list, as convenient as that would be, because I taped it to the mirror in my bedroom! We also had some great things that happened in 2014 that weren’t on our “official” list:

1) We completed the CT Wine Trail and got passport stamps from all but one of the vineyards. I am so glad we were able to get this done. Now we know which ones we would like to revisit in the future. We also got it done just in time, since I got pregnant almost immediately after!

2) We saw not one, but TWO Bald Eagles! WOW!

3) We visited three new lakes with our boat this year, and with our new fish finder /GPS, we were able to map them out. The GPS saves the maps which is awesome, so we will have them any time we return to those lakes.

4) We mapped out the entire lake where our family’s small cabin is too, so we “officially” know all the deep and shallow spots.

5) We completed our upstairs renovation … Ok, so maybe it isn’t 100% done, but there are such little things left to do, that I am giving this hefty achievement to 2014.

6) We reduced our debt and bills incredibly! Being able to replace my old car AND pay off the new one was a big step. We’ve also consolidated so many plans, finally got rid of the cable again, and have focused intently on saving and paying off the last of our credit cards. We’ll be feeling good for 2015 and we are even closer to getting rid of the “unnecessary” debts like credit cards.

7) Last but never least… BABY! We were by no means “trying”, but we couldn’t say we weren’t trying either. We left it up to nature and said it’ll happen when it happens. Well… it happened! Initially it was a little scary, knowing us two goof-balls would know have a mini-us to take care of all the time, but now I love the peanut already and can’t wait for his/her arrival! 

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I know there were so many other things that we achieved this year that I just can’t remember. 2014 had its down points, its devastating losses as we said goodbye to two of our beloved family members, and had its share of frustrations and struggles. But as bad as those times can be, I always marvel at the lessons we learn and the strengths we develop because of them. It makes all those great times so much sweeter.

As I get ready to write down goals & resolution for 2015, I am already wondering what unexpected success, triumphs and struggles will come our way. I just hope that next year slows down a little . .. I’m not ready to write 2016’s list out yet! =)

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