Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Reflecting on 2014

2014 was a life changing kind of year. It was one of those years that I’ll never forget and will always hold close to my heart. It was a year where life was lived and time was cherished but some of my personal goals fell to the way-side (which is understandable).

The entire year can be summed up in one picture.

chair pic edited

This little girl has been the entire focus of the year. Honestly, I can’t believe 8 months have passed since she was born! From January until May, we focused on preparing for her arrival…

…and from May through December we have been busy getting to know her as she quickly changed from a tiny, precious little bundle to a silly, happy little climber (and even more precious).

But really, I don’t even know where the time went. It seems like yesterday we were preparing, she was born, and now here we are at the end of the year. I believe I blinked.

We became this in 2014:

In 2014, I also quit my job to become a stay at home mom. Sometimes I miss the mental stimulation and working towards a goal, but I don’t have a single regret about quitting. And I can find ways to accomplish these things in 2015 while simultaneously being a stay at home mom.

On that same “career” topic, I have gotten to take photos for a little extra money here and there. I am excited to see my photos in a tourism brochure. But my true passion is writing—and as you know, I haven’t been a faithful blogger! I have felt inspiration to write this past year, but haven’t taken the time to sit down and do it—but I just now feel like things are starting to become routine and in 2015, maybe I will find more time to do the things that I love to do.

In February, my sister and I (both of us pregnant) went on a trip to Arizona and had an awesome time.

We took a few trips as a family of three this year. We went camping a few times in our new camper, and took a weekend trip for a little shopping and swimming. But life moved fast! Maybe even too fast.

As I mentioned at the beginning, my personal goals sort of fell away. I am back at the beginning for weight loss. I have not been exercising. And I just don’t feel good about myself in general. I don’t ever feel pretty or feel like I look nice anymore. My nice clothes don’t fit. And it just wasn’t a good year for the body—although I am thankful for all that my body has been capable of and am in awe of that. I need to do a better job of taking care of it in 2015.

So that was my year! How was your 2014?


  1. Lots to celebrate and enjoy. :) And lots to come in 2015. Enjoy it all!!!

  2. Alissa, that pic of your baby girl is GORGEOUS. Seriously, love it! Magazine worthy. :) I have just had three weeks off from the gym due to the flu, the holidays, and travel. UGHHHH. Will I ever get to be consistent? Yes, 2015 is it! :)



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