Reflecting on 2014…

New Years Eve Graphic

Ok ok ok, so I really did need that little mini blog break. Between my birthday in mid-December, Christmas shopping, traveling, hosting, and everything in between, AND the amazing experience of getting ENGAGED last Sunday, it’s been a whirlwind — one that just didn’t involve time for blogging.

But I was brainstorming 2015-focused content for work yesterday, and it got me thinking about 2014 and everything that has come with it.

Eric and I are celebrating New Years Eve with 20+ of our very best friends, and I could not be more excited and thankful for everything we have to celebrate.

When I wrote my 26 Before 26 post over a year ago, I had high hopes for completing everything on the list. And then, funnily enough, December 13, 2014, rolled around, and I was feeling like I had passed over a lot of the things on my list. It’s amazing how much good a little bit of retrospection can do though.

I might not have gotten around to the whole ‘get published in Huffington Post’ thing, or the ‘get a massage’ thing — BUT, I did pull off a whole hell of a lot this year.

I started a brand new job a little less than a year ago, and I’ve learned more and pushed myself further than I probably ever have professionally. Oh yeah, and I LOVE it and I get to eat and talk about and photograph and brainstorm about food for my job.

I took a leap and moved to Baltimore — and although above-mentioned job means I spend a LOT of time commuting some days, I’m still truly happy that I did it. I’ve been having such a wonderful time exploring and re-discovering the city I call my hometown.

I moved in with my boyfriend (newly fiancée, AAAHH) and have finally started to feel settled down in our relationship. A few years of long distance was probably putting more of a strain on our relationship than I even really realized at the time, and it’s amazing that when people ask me how living together is going, I truly don’t have any complaints. People seem to expect some elaborate story of fights or complaints or frustration, but I feel like it just works. Sure, we don’t always want to spend every waking moment with each other, and he sometimes thinks I’m a ridiculous human being for coming home and blogging or cooking or answering emails after a 14-hour workday, but it’s working.

Oh yeah, about that whole engagement thing. I don’t even know if I want to share the whole elaborate story here, but I do want to say that I was COMPLETELY surprised (in case the chipped, chewed nails and lack of showering and glasses-still-on didn’t give it away). And I want to say that it was perfect. From the girl who photographs everything, I’ll just say there were ZERO photographs. And that is ok. It was private, and personal, and thoughtful — and perfect.

So yeah, 2014 had its downs, sure, and its stressful days, and its LONG days, but it had a lot of really great days too.

January is for resolutions and ‘next year I wills’ and ‘my diet starts tomorrows.’

December (especially this December) is for celebrating. And that’s what I’m going to do.

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  1. A huge congratulations on the engagement!! So special. There’s been so much to celebrate this year, cheers to an even better 2015!

    Heather | Style Prescription

  2. Thank you for entertaining us during the weekend. Celebrating with your family and walking the city was perfect. Love ya!

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