Happy New Year!! For some reason, I’ve been particularly excited to reflect on 2014– to list my “wins,” remember the setbacks, but not dwell on them, and to dream about and plan for an awesome 2015. 2014 was easily the least eventful year of our marriage so far– no moving, no job changes, no graduations, babies born, or major surgeries. So it seems a little strange that a whole year has passed. But despite the lack of excitement, there were still a lot of good things happening at the Tanner house. Here’s a review of some of our “wins” for the year.
-Home improvements– painting kitchen cabinets, tiling kitchen backsplash. (A slower year, but some big projects under our belt nonetheless).
-Success at teaching/choreography– I choreographed a piece about my experience in the hospital waiting room that was especially well received, taught and choreographed for a newer studio in Boise, a modern studio in downtown Boise, as well as for Eagle High School.
-We had some excellent adventures around Colorado– A visit to the Great Sand Dunes in May (One of our favorite trips of all time!), Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Buena Vista, a snowshoeing trip with First Descents to the Shrine Mountain Inn near Vail, camping at Ruedi Reservoir near Aspen, and cutting down our own Christmas tree near Buffalo Creek were all highlights.
-We hiked and biked as much as possible– We’re proud that these are becoming a normal part of Will’s life.
-We had a successful financial year– budgeting, couponing, and hard core thrift were some of our proud points.
-We celebrated our 6th Anniversary– We took a short weekend stay-cation in Denver while Will hung out with his B and Papa, (my parents), in Boise.
-We started a few new ventures: a new blog- (you’re here!), and a new Airstream. Neither have been a huge success… but both required some serious gumption and hard work to get started, even if they aren’t going anywhere fast at the moment.
-And lastly, we’re pregnant! We were excited to learn in late August that we’re expecting Baby #2 in early May 2015. The excitement was quickly followed with crippling illness– boo pregnancy! But after 3-4 months of ick (that resulted in some form of seasonal/hormonal depression for a bit) I’m more than happy to be feeling a bit normal again.
We have talked extensively about what we want for 2015 and have boiled it all down to a few main points. We’re not really calling them resolutions, but rather things we want to focus on throughout the year.
1- Simplicity: We want to eliminate the non-necessities and organize all the necessities. We want this to apply to the objects we own as well as the way we spend our time. We want to be better about planning ahead to make sure our priorities are met before anything else.
2-Live life intentionally, keeping in mind that every choice we make is teaching our child(ren) a lesson about what is important in life.
Of course, there are a lot of specifics we have planned out as well, but it all boils down to those two things: Simplicity and Intentional Living/Parenting. How was your 2014? Do you count “wins” and ignore the failures, like I tend to do? And what are you choosing to focus on this year? Happy 2015!
**Our Christmas Card was designed by TheBritishRule on Etsy. She did a fabulous job!