Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Recap and Onward to 2015!

Hello, hello....anyone still out there??? Haha!! I failed miserably at blogging this year! 2 kids will do it, I guess! However I just recently became the proud Mama of an Erin Condren Planner and my zeal for life and blogging in general is renewed! Who knew a planner could do all that?!

2014 Recap
1.     What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before?
~Became a Certified Ombudsman Trainer (COT)
~Attended my first Navy Wives Clubs of America Convention
~Volunteered and joined the Compass Kitsap team
~Became a table leader for MOPS

2. Did you keep your New Years Resolutions & will you make any this year?
For 2014 my goals were to:
1. Blog More often (I’m keeping this one until I actually accomplish it.) Clearly I didn’t do this one AT ALL. But as I said last year, I am keeping it until I do it!
2. Use my iPhone less when my children are around. I failed miserably and for that I am really upset! This will be continued as well. If anyone has tips to improve on this, please share!
3. Figure out where I want my life to go personally, spiritually and financially. Yep! Done!

2014's goals are:
1.     Blog more often!
2.     Use my iPhone less when my kids are around!
3.     Be open to the changes that will be occurring in our life in 2015 (this is a life changing year for us. I will divulge more as it happens.)

3Did anyone close to you give birth?
Super close to me? No, but there were many people I know who did!

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
Yes, unfortunately. We lost my husband’s Grandfather and I had friends lose people as well.
5. What countries did you visit?
No outside countries again this year.

6What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn't have in 2014?
~A house! We are tired of living in places that we don’t own.

7. What date from 2014 will be etched in your mind & why? 
I don’t have one. Eek!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  
Branching out so much as an Ombudsman and becoming a Certified Ombudsman Trainer. I really felt invigorated!

9. What was your biggest failure?
The iphone thing! Ugh, that one bugs me a lot!

10. Did you suffer injury or illness? 
Nope! I had nasal surgery, but it wasn’t serious.

11.  What was the best thing you bought?
A Michael Kors bag that is just perfect for my life! A good bag is so worth it!

12.  Whose behavior is worthy of celebration?
The Pope! He is taking the Catholic Church in the best direction and reaching out to more people in general.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled?
Congress tops the list yet again!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Baby/kid stuff!

15What did you get really, really, excited about? 
All I accomplished.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
These were my 2 most played songs this year. I love them both for obvious reasons.

17. Compared to 2013 were you ___________ in 2014
a. Happier or sadder?  Happier
b. Thinner or fatter?  Thinner
c. Richer or poorer?   Richer I suppose.

18. What do you wish you would've done more of? 
Blog and scrapbook!

19. What do you wish you would've done less of? 
~ Stressing out over conflict

20. How did you spend Christmas? 
I took my babies to Mass on Christmas Eve, then we ate pizza at home as a family. On Christmas Day, we woke up and opened gifts. Then my Mom & Aunt flew in. It was a fun day!

21. What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you this past year?
I know there was something, but I can’t recall it right now. It was something military related.

22.  Did you fall in love in 2014?
I stayed in love.

23.  What was your favorite restaurant?  
 Green Light Diner. Basic good food & great for kids.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
How to Get Away With Murder. Wow, such a good show!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate in 2014?
Not hate, but there are people I definitely had to put at a distance.

26. What was the best book that you read?
I read so many fabulous books this year. No way am I narrowing it down to one. So here are a few I loved:
-“Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly (Again one of his books tops my list! He can write the pants off a book. His research & detail again impeccable!)
-“Mennonite in a Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen (I just loved her perspective on life!)
-“The Boys In The Boat” by Daniel James Brown (A memoir that is just awesome!)
-“My Story” by Elizabeth Smart (While not that well written, her message of how to get past the horrible things in life is amazing. It touched me!)

27.  What was your greatest musical discovery?
I haven’t the foggiest idea.

28.  What did you want & get in 2014? 
~See all that I accomplished in the first question. I honestly didn’t have anything specific, so those things will be it.

29. What did you want & not get in 2014? 
 Umm….nothing! Everything I sought to do, I did.

30. What was your favorite movie of 2014?
I see so few movies….umm….wow, I can’t remember. Ohhh “Captain Phillips,” I red boxed that one!

31. What did you do for your birthday & how old did you turn?
I turned 29.  I spent time with my husband and kiddos at a local festival. It was very nice.

32. What's one thing that would've made 2014 more satisfying? 
Less stress…haha!! Let’s face it, I love the stress sometimes…I thrive on it sometimes.

33How would you describe your fashion in 2014? 
Preppy? What do the stores call my style now?

34.  What kept you sane? 
Prayer/God…hands down!

35. What celebrity/public figure did you admire the most?  
Pope Francis wins again! I also liked Sadie Robertson. I don’t watch the Duck Dynasty shows, but seeing her on DWTS showed me there are good role models for my daughter out there.

36. What political issue fired you up the most? 
The issues with the VA and veteran’s not getting appropriate health care or any for that matter!

37. Who did you miss? 
My friends & family who live in other states.

38. Who was the best new person you met?  
A few cool ladies!

39.  Tell us a lesson 2014 taught you:

“We know that we aren't always going to be happy. Sadness, even tragedy, is going to cross our paths more than once. But if we strive to be joyful on a daily basis, we seem to develop reserves upon which we can draw.”

That quote and what I read in Elizabeth Smart’s book were very revealing for me. I often feel physical pain at the horrible things in life and guilt over my own seemingly good life. I found some peace this year with the book and the above quote. Sometimes things just speak to you at the right time!

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