The year has finally come to an end. Well, in a day or so, it will. And I must say, I’m super excited…and ready for it to be over. 2014, for me, was a year for the books. Lots of changes. Lots of heartache. Lots of fear. But also, lots to be thankful for. Like most years before, I had to sit down and really analyze everything that happened to me/my family and for me/my family, during this year. And wow! Just wow. Almost everything that I did this year, was based on my vision for 2014. My vision board, which I created at the beginning of the year, served as my guide in making decisions throughout. When I strayed away from my vision, it showed in the results. As long as I kept that vision at the forefront of my mind in everything that I did, though, I felt that I was making progress. Here’s what I mean:
Mommy Works a Lot’s 2014 Year in Review
My 2014 Vision Board
One of my major goals for 2014 was to strengthen my relationship with Jam. Because of everything that transpired during and after my pregnancy with her, we’ve never really bonded like many other mothers and daughters. And that scares me. I wanted to do something about it, instead of sitting back and hoping that the problem corrected itself. We:
- Hit the road several times this year and visited places like Sea Life and Legoland. We also headed the opposite direction and visited Como Park for the first time.
- We saw some live productions and I found out that my daughter is definitely her mother’s child when it comes to musicals and such. We love them and were blessed to see The Rockettes in action, along with a live performances of Sid the Science Kid, Sister Act, and a few others.
In addition to going places, this year, I feel like I really got to know my daughter and my tiny family, overall.
- I figured out that, much like her mother, Jam is a moody child. She’s super temperamental, but also that she’s fiercely her own person…and not a tiny “me.”
- I learned that my husband and I have to have “us” time, or there’ll be no “us” in the end.
- Lastly, I learned that there’s nary an issue that a good craft, a good laugh and hug can’t fix. Plus, I got my cooking sea legs!
While I focused a lot of my year on building a bond with Jam, it’s not all I did. As I’ve said before, I’m so much more than “just a mom.” Meaning, I have goals, ambitions and fears that are totally unrelated to motherhood. This year, I really wanted to push my limit and step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted new experiences and to meet new people. While I didn’t completely meet this goal, I did have a few great experiences related to it.
- I attended my very first blog conference and got to meet some really cool bloggers IRL. Bloggy Bootcamp was amazing and eased some of my fears of taking the blog offline.
- I attended my first have-to-take-a-plane conference, even though I drove. At Blogalicious, my entire world opened up and I saw what blogging could bring. I came back inspired and with the connections to turn that inspiration into action.
- I left my job and then left my new job. That transition was, and has continued to be, tough. Going from something that you’ve always done and have invested in, to something that you thought you loved, but are really just “in like,” can be nerve-racking.
Lastly, I wanted to use 2014 to learn about myself and how to best take care of myself. With this depression thing, I find myself going in and out of knowing the real me and the imposter me. I wanted to create the foundation for self-love and self-compassion through my actions and mindset. It had become clear to me that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of the things I’d set out to do, if I didn’t change my thoughts and take care of myself.
2014 was here and now it’s gone. And I’m ecstatic about that. 2015 will undoubtedly bring it’s own set of challenges and I’m okay with that because I know that the good stuff is coming as well. So long, 2014.