it's all about me; cheers to 2014; a year in review; reflections of 2014

Raising my glass to 2014

What can I say? Two thousand fourteen was ah-maze-ing! While I’m a teensy bit sad to see it go, I’m even more excited to see what 2015 has in store.

While most rang in the 2014 New Year with bubbly, the only thing that flowed here were tears. My heart  weighed a million pounds and I didn’t know if I could ever be happy again. So I made a plan to be gentle on myself. What happened after that was nothing short of awesome.

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In February hubs and I escaped the polar vortex and landed in paradise. Not only did the sunshine kiss my cheeks but it warmed my heart again. It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. Getting away was just what we needed; especially since the beast would join our little famjam a few days later.

Saying Ms. Lois brought life back into our home is an understatement. She has more energy than a 3 year old who gulped 8 shots of espresso and just as much love to give.

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In 2014 I learned to accept people and things or situations as they were and found happiness by doing so. Like when we went to Boston and hubs worked in the mornings, I didn’t freak out. Instead I sprawled out in the huge king size bed and wrapped myself in the heavenly duvet.

Two thousand fourteen overflowed with memories. I experienced new things and met new friends. One of the biggest thrills for me this year was riding in a 6 horse hitch at a local fair.

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I pushed myself harder than ever before in 2014 and it paid off. Kimothy Walker had me on her show, Capital Connection, which airs on What She Said Radio. It was my first media interview for the blog. I attended my first social media conference – BlissDom Canada – where I learned from the greats like Scott Stratten, Julie Nowell and many others. I made pitches – some I got and others I didn’t – and had the chance to partner with amazing brands like CAA, the Sens Foundation and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. While my proposal was not selected for the Chevy Canada Ambassador program, the personalized feedback I received was a win in itself. I was proud of myself for putting my big girl pants on and going after an international company.

There was much to be grateful for so I gave back as much as I could. I ran for my bestieskied for kids in need and volunteered in my community.

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I looked at strangers in the eye this year and smiled at them. I laughed until tears streamed down my face and didn’t care if I looked like Alice Cooper after. I wished everyone I encountered a Merry Christmas. I simply enjoyed life. My glass was – and will continue to be –  half full.

Happiness is a habit – cultivate it. ~Elbert Hubbard

So 2014, I raise my glass to you. Thanks for all of the memories. Bring on 2015!


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