The long and the short of it.

I think year end recaps are fascinating. Personally, I like the act of meditation that comes from reminiscing over the past year of my life. It's a good time to slow down, give thanks, reassess, and move on. I like that we collectively reset our timelines. Experiences that might otherwise blend together are separated, and experiences that seem disjointed are organized neatly into years. It could be just another day if you wanted, but why would you? 

So the short of it is this: my year was pretty damn difficult, and it's not done being difficult. I'm okay with that, although sometimes I feel too tired to deal with it, but I also feel proud because I hustled harder than ever before.

Here are some really important things that happened to me in 2014:
I bought a car. I also couldn't sleep that night because I was so panicked about having just bought a car. 
My little sister got married, and I was her maid of honor. It was an amazing and crazy and perfect day, just as weddings should be. 
I rebranded, and built a new website. It felt like a huge sigh of relief and a step in the right direction.
I bought the camera of my dreams, which was much less terrifying than buying a car. 
I flew to Oregon to see my brain sister. We saw waterfalls, and hiked until our legs were numb. They were the glory days.
I moved into an apartment and lived alone for the first time. I sometimes don't wear pants while cooking dinner.
In July, my friend Kellie came to visit and we did all the best things. It was the first time showing someone my new city. 
My cousin had a sweet baby boy, who was and is the squishiest. 
My friend since forever ago got married too, and I was a bridesmaid. The wedding was beautiful and made me cry, just as weddings should.
Related: her bachelorette trip allowed me one weekend of day drinking by a pool, and one neon party dress I will likely never wear again.
My best friend moved to Iowa.
I drove to Indiana just to get away. Shout out to those friends and a weekend that filled my soul. 
I made two side tables, and my mom and grandma helped reupholster a chair.
Another trip to Indiana, another friends' wedding.
The weather got colder, and my lipstick got bolder.
I got the most tired I've ever been. I tried to slow down. 
I took a mini-vacation from work and my friend Kassie came to visit. We ate like the queens that we are. 
I started rereading Harry Potter for like, the 12th time. I did not finish. 
Plans fell through, but I felt like a champ. Moved forward with my head held high. 
I tried to buy a puppy, but everyone talked me out of it. 


honarable mention: feminism, taylor swift, kombucha


Happy fresh beginnings. Thanks for whatever part you played in my past year.