my 2014: part 4

2014_hero_4.001(photo: cats-pictures.org via Grimafust Photo)

as i sit here getting a jump on a couple posts, soup is simmering on the stove (the last of the turkey that’s been frozen since Thanksgiving with veggies and brown/wild rice . . . mmm). Spy and Miss Girl are cuddled in front of a fire. and my house (okay, fine, 3 rooms) is at least kind of put back together after the tornado that was Christmas morning back-to-back with a road trip where more loot was brought back than what we left with  . . . and yet another day off of school (do they ever, ever go back?!).

and as i’m pondering answers to this last set of 2014 questions, there is no doubt in my mind that it really was a fantastic year with much experienced, learned and shared. y’all, i think i might actually be a better person going into 2015 than i was coming into 2014! and i feel like i have so many more wonderful things to look forward to. thanks to everyone who’s joined me for the journey here. i’ve been so nicely surprised by all the support and encouragement, and have loved getting to know some of you a bit! i hope everyone has some fun/crazy/extravagant/romantic/simple/quiet plans for celebrating tomorrow night — whatever mood for the night that will make you the happiest — and a really happy, productive, memorable new year!

31. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
omg. our smart TV is so. effing. amazing. we bought it kind of on a whim “for the Super Bowl” as if we were having people over or even planned on watching the game at home. our old TV was about 6 or 7 years old, i guess, so not ancient, but def not as much going on. anyway, i’m pretty sure you can log into NASA and launch a rocket from this thing. i haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet, but being able to access pretty much every show or movie known to man is a pretty close second for coolness. and, i mean, if we were the kind of parents who just plop their kids down in front of the TV sometimes, it would be totally stellar. oh, right. we are and it is.

32. What one thing would you do differently and why?
is it bad that i can’t think of even one thing i would have done differently? that doesn’t mean everything was perfect by any stretch of the imagination. but i guess, i’ve learned the lessons i needed to learn by making the choices i’ve made throughout the year. not a bad place to be, i think.

33. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
standing up for my conviction and decision to put Miss Girl in public school (and turning Spy my way and not backing down to my mom). so far, it’s been a really great experience for all of us. i feel proud to talk the talk and walk the walk on supporting our public schools. not going to get on a soapbox here, but i firmly believe good public education is a right and shouldn’t be second class experience. it feels good to be part of making our up-and-coming community school a better place for everyone.

34. What activities made you lose track of time?
writing this blog and reading others. there were so many times during  Blogtober14 that 9:30 p.m. suddenly turned into 1:30 a.m. and i had no idea how. oh, and also binge-watching House of Cards.(omgomgomg! Season 3 gets released February 27!!)

35. What did you think about more than anything else?
what i put in my mouth. i spent January to March pretending i was dieting and March to July actually doing it. i used MyFitnessPal to track food and exercise and lose nearly 30 pounds. it was a complete pain in the ass, but so absolutely worth it.

36. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
blogging! duh.

36. What new habits did you cultivate?
even though i’ve mostly fallen off the wagon over the holidays, i was a boss at fitting in workouts during most of the rest of the year. with the next 5 days off, i have some time to get back on track and make my game plan for staying there the rest of the year.

38. What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?
negotiate for another week’s vacation! you’ll need it by the end of the year, girl.

39. Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
i wouldn’t say a 180, but sitting here as the minutes of 2014 tick down, surrounded by the scene described above, i feel like things have just kind of gotten back to normal. and normal is a perfectly fine place to be, as far as i’m concerned.

40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
so this is weird. the person who had the biggest positive impact is someone only a couple people in my life (not including Spy!) even know i know. for a couple months this summer, i met with a life coach named Nancie Vito. i wanted help with time management, with getting my life “under control” so i had more time for the things i wanted to do. okay, so my life is still completely out of control, y’all. lol. but Nancy helped me better prioritize and think about what’s important so i can make that happen. this blog and my writing were the main things i wanted more time for. with Nancie’s help (and the pressure of having to report to someone every week!) i started writing more and finally, finally took the password protection off this thing.

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