The past year has flown by faster than any recent year that I can recall. Maybe because it was packed with so much good stuff. I vividly remember eating our traditional New Year’s Day dinner in the cold and damp enchanted forest of Samuel P. Taylor campground as if it were just last week, not last year. Goodbye 2014! You were awesome.

 

In January 2014, I made my list of resolutions, like I always do. Some things that made the list were “Get a Tweet read on live TV”, “Join a Fantasy Football League” and “Wake up earlier”.

By the way, that last one is on the list every year. Except for this one. I have given up fighting my body clock. I don’t have to get up at any particular time since I work from home, so now I get up when my body tells me to, usually around 8:30, and so far it is working great.

 

Check!

Check!

 

I did join a Fantasy Football League and it was fun. I had no clue what I was doing when I started, and ended up in 4th place. Not too shabby.  I did not get a live tweet read on TV, but got lots of shout outs on CreativeLive, and I think that’s even better.

 

creativelive with Tara swiger marketing for crafters class july 2014

CL Twitter feed. That’s my tweet!

 

My big goal for 2014 was to “Have a Successful Holiday Season”, and I would have to say that I did do that. That’s on my list again this year, but bigger and better in 2015. “Get into Oprah’s “Favorite Things” gift guide was also one of my resolutions, but I missed the deadline. This year, I will be prepared.

 

Jewelry as Unique as You Are

Jewelry as Unique as You Are

 

In 2014 we camped in Pt. Reyes, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, Anza-Borrego, Yosemite and Death Valley. That last one just barely though, since we arrived 12/31/2014 at 3pm, but still, it counts.

 

I travelled to San Francisco four times. Twice by myself, which is something I had never done before and something I had never even imagined I would be able to do, quite frankly. In 2014, I discovered I am more capable than I previously realized.

 

I left my heart here

I left my heart here

 

I found a community of like-minded souls and now have a supportive network of creative cohorts who I can count on for encouragement.

Got this in my email Monday

Yay! 

 

I celebrated 27 years of marriage to my best friend.

 

Wedding Day 1987

Wedding Day 1987

 

 

I entered my beaded snake into the San Diego County Fair (another “2014 Resolution”) and won second place in my division.

 

Prize Winning Beaded Snake!

Prize Winning Beaded Snake!

 

 

We lost our tortoise, Frank when he was taken from our back yard. We almost lost our little dog Lola, who was bitten by a rattlesnake, but fortunately she recovered fully. We welcomed two new members to the flock.

 

 

2014 turned out so differently that I could have ever imagined. I experienced much more than I had thought possible. I pushed myself further and harder than I had planned. I opened up more. I tried a bunch of new stuff. Some of it worked, some of it did not. All of it taught me lessons.

 

Coming at you, 2015. Be ready, because I sure am.