2014 review (...two weeks late)

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
I became a mom! I started a business! I jumped on the capsule wardrobe wagon, and didn't shop for three months!  This year has brought more change in me personally and in my life than probably any year before. I can honestly say I'm so proud of so many things I've learned, accomplished,  and experienced in 2014. 
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I've always been the type to make generic, intangible resolutions. The kind of stuff that normally involves reading and exercising more. But this year I'm tackling it a different way. In 2015 I want to have goals instead of resolutions. I want to dream big for myself, my family and my business. Then I want to set out concrete steps to help me achieve those goals. More than anything I want to be brave enough to expect big things of myself. 
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Well, I did! 
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no, death was not a big part of my year.
5. What countries did you visit?
A little baby and a little budget means we didn't do a lot of international traveling. 
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
In 2015 I want to have dreams and organization. Going into 2014 I had no idea what to expect. We were working crazy hours, Tom was in classes and we were about to have our first baby. So the goal for the year was pretty much just to survive. Now that things have settled into more of a rhythm I finally feel ready to take a little more control. I want to be intentional about my time, energy and attitude. I want to have a plan and make it happen. I want to have huge, scary dreams and I want to say them out loud. Please don't hear me say that I want everything to be perfect. I know that I cannot predict where the year will take me and my family. I know that dreams don't always come true. But I am saying that I want to work hard to grow and achieve. I don't want to just let life pass, I want to be intentional with every single day. 
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 17th. The day we finally met our little Lana. By far the scariest/most incredible day of my life. 
September 25th. Our last day at Chick-fil-A. Though we loved our time there and the people it brought into our lives, leaving meant that I could stay home and our family could finally pause to catch our breath. And in that moment, that was everything. 
October 13th. The day I opened Seven Days Shop. Being able to create something that helps people in the process is a huge dream come true. 
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Having a baby. Or maybe I should say keeping her alive, because I guess having her was inevitable. I had no idea what to expect from myself as a mother, but I'm really proud of how much it's grown me. I feel like it's taught me more about myself and made me more self-possessed than ever before. 
9. What was your biggest failure?
If I'm being honest with myself, my biggest failure this year was my time at Chick-fil-A. The end of my time there brought a lot of disappointment, resentment and regret. Ultimately it doesn't matter why I felt any of those things, it just matters that I didn't conduct myself the way I should have. 
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I mean, we did suffer through some pretty miserable baby colds, but thankfully nothing serious.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
There could be a million answers to this question, but I'm going to go with Tom. I've watched him grow so much this year, and I could not be more grateful for the father, husband and human he's become. He has taken care of and supported Lana and I so completely. It's been amazing to watch and I can't wait to see what he does in 2015.
12. Did you make any new friendships?

I did meet new people, but the most exciting part was growing closer to the ones who were already in my life. The older I get and the more responsibilities I take on, the more I'm learning that "friendship" won't always look like it did in high school or college. I can't go out to dinner every night or go to the movies on a whim. I'm not going to see my friends every day, and that's totally OK. At first that felt sad and lonely, but now I'm learning that it's an opportunity to invest more deeply. Time and conversation are precious commodities now. That makes me use them more purposefully and to be grateful when I can share them with a friend that is dear to me. 
13. Did you go on vacation?

I was lucky enough to take a few trips home to Florida, and spent one great weekend in Savannah. 
14. What do you wish you had done (more and less) of?

There are definitely things I wish I'd done better this year, but I'm going to resist the urge to dwell on that. Instead I'll give myself grace and say I spent the year learning how to be a parent and a better human all around. I'm excited to take those lessons and work toward doing more/less of various things in 2015.
15.  What was one of your favorite experiences of the year?

Finally meeting my little Lanabug was hands down the best moment of this year. And watching her grow and learn every day since is a close second.
16. What was the best book you read?

I read more this year than probably any other year . And that's saying something because I have an English degree and spent basically my entire college career reading. Some of my favorites from the year were The Rosie Project, Gone Girl, (re-reading) To Kill a Mockingbird, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. In 2015 I want to make reading fiction more a part of my routine. I'm always so inspired by a well told story.
17. What was your favorite film of this year?

I don't know if it was my favorite, but Gone Girl was so, so great.
18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

This year I turned 24. I spent the weekend in Savannah with Tom's whole family celebrating his sister getting married. It was fun to be able to explore a new city and get to spend time with family who we don't see often enough.
19. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

It didn't happen until the very end, but this year I discovered the joy of having a very minimal wardrobe. It may be a bandwagon, but I'm all about that capsule wardrobe. There really is something so freeing about knowing and loving every piece in my closet. I absolutely do not miss have a closet jam packed with stuff I don't even remember buying/have never worn because I barely like and only bought because it was 75% off. 
20. Who did you miss?

Having Lana has made me miss family and faraway friends so much more. I feel like she is such an amazing part of my life that I want to share with them, but distance makes it really hard. 
21. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
In 2014 I learned that here and now is right. I am where I am because it's where I'm supposed to be. I'm doing what I'm doing because it's what I was created to do. I'm walking through what I'm walking through because I need the lesson I'll discover in the process. This place, this moment, these people, this job, everything about right now is exactly what it's supposed to be. Nothing is an accident, nothing is a mistake. Every second of every minute has been orchestrated by a God who knows me better than I would ever desire to know myself. And what's He's provided for me in this moment is exactly right. 

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