2014 Year in Review

Good Bye 2014

I’m sure every person says this at the end of every year but…I really can’t believe this year is over! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my goals for 2015, which I’ll share in the next couple days. But first, I wanted to reflect back on how I did against my 2014 Goals.

First and foremost, my primary goal was to Focus on Fewer Interests. Instead of wanting to try everything I see (stay away from Pinterest if this is a goal of yours, too!), I just focused on a few hobbies, which would hopefully help me streamline supplies purchasing. How did I do?

  • Crochet: I love the crochet projects I completed this year! (I still have two posts to put together with Christmas gifts I finished…coming soon!) However, I did NOT do such a good job of using up that crazy stash I have since I chose new yarn for each project. Time for some de-stashing (see my 2015 Goals for more on that).
  • Sewing: Well…my poor sewing machine sat on my craft table under its cover all.year.long. Poor thing. Making a change here in 2015!
  • Paper Crafts – Make every card I give this year: YES! I did this! I did not buy a single solitary card this year, making every birthday, thank you, just because, and Christmas card! I think this is one I’d like to continue.

Next, I wanted to focusing on Reading More. Oh yes, this I definitely did! I surpassed my goal of 36 books this year, ending with 54 completed books! I have about 5 books I’m currently reading, but just won’t finish any of them before the day is over. You can see everything I read over on Goodreads, but I also wanted to call out a couple of my favs from the year.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – This was the first audio book that I ever enjoyed and the narrator (Dan O’Grady) made this book even better than it already is! The second book (The Rosie Effect) just came out yesterday and it’s queued up next for me to listen to.

Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park – This is actually the third book in the series and it was the best.one.yet. I recommend you start with Flat Out Love and Flat Out Matt to really appreciate Celeste, but just go and read them! And you can read these for free if you’re an Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited member.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – I laughed, I cried…so so good!


The Midwife’s Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain – I’m becoming a huge Diane Chamberlain fan! I might challenge myself to read all of her books in 2015 but that’s a LOT! These two were fantastic though, and a great way to get introduced to this author if you haven’t read any of work yet.

And a new-to-me author that I’m loving…not just her books but her as a person (as much as I can get to know her as a person through her Facebook page)…Colleen Hoover. She is just “good people” and deserves all the wonderful success she’s experiencing. I started with the Hopeless series and look forward to reading the rest of her work!

The one goal that I failed on miserably – didn’t even try – was to Grow Something. I had HIGH hopes of getting a garden started at the new house but this just didn’t happen. And I forgive myself. :-) Because I also wanted to…

Relax More and give myself a break. I think I did that.

I’m continuing to reflect on 2014 as I think ahead to the new year…what I enjoyed about 2014, what I’d like to change. That is one of the very best things I love about New Year. The time to reflect, adjust, and start anew; no matter how big or small the changes are that we choose to make.

Was 2014 what you thought it would be? What are you taking away from 2014 to shape up the new year?

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  1. Julie says:

    Hey relax more is a very important goal! And yay I’m so glad you are enjoying getting to know Colleen Hoover and her books!

    • Yes, I am learning to value and appreciate relaxing. :-) It’s hard for me, so it’ll be a constant work in progress for sure. And Colleen Hoover? Such an amazing person! Being that she’s here in Texas, I need to get to one of the events to meet her!


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