Can you believe this is the only (shareable) photo of our house during the holiday season? I took time off from sharing projects onlineÂ this holiday season, and, without that pressure, I was able to create without worrying about the end result.
I knit two imperfect blankets, two neck warmers, a scarf, and a cowl. I crocheted garland for our tree, created star ornaments for our front door, wrapped advent chocolates, baked, cooked, threw a holiday party, shopped till I dropped, and didn’t photograph any of it.
Not blogging or seemed to be the theme this year. I went from hundreds of posts in previous years, to 27. I’m not sure if it’s a longer trend, or if I’ll be concentrating on lower quantity, but more time spent on the posts. I’m also considering bringing back more writing, something I quit over the last two years and have missed.
But, I digress. No blog is complete without an end of the year post, so I thought I would include a very short list of what I enjoyedÂ in 2014:
After losing both of our dogs in 2012, we waited a while until we felt ready for a dog. Early in May, weÂ picked up a labradoodle puppyÂ at a farm on the edge of County Cork. We named him Larry, and I don’t think I stopped smiling for two weeks afterwards. He was exactly what both of us needed, at exactly the right time.
#2: Getting active
2014 wasÂ the year I learned to be active without being neurotic. If I felt like walking, I walked. If I felt like running, I ran. I learned to pay attention to my body and mind, and change my choices to maintain energy, not just health or weight.
#3: So. Much. Travel.
Paris, London, Idaho, Corfu, NYC, Birmingham, Tampa, Skellig and Dublin. I felt incredibly grateful for each of those trips, for the chance toÂ see family and friends, new places and old. If I had to pick, my favorite trip was the week inÂ Corfu. We both felt more connected and relaxed after a week at the pool and beach.
I have loved living in a city that is so small and walkable. Our lives now consist of daily jaunts toÂ the Castle,Â running errands on foot with a canvas tote slung over my shoulders, the 3-minute drive to pick up groceries, and having friends within walking distance. It’s decreased our time in the car and increased our quality of life. Cheers to living in the city!
What were you grateful for in 2014?