A Look Back at 2014

Source: Flickr/Dafne Cholet

Source: Flickr/Dafne Cholet

As 2015 approaches I’ve been looking back at what I’ve accomplished over the last year. It’s sad to say that it’s taken me so many years to get focused on improving my life. This has been the first year that I have been so purposeful to grow and develop my skills. I have spent half a century being satisfied with being average. Well, no more!

Over the last year I have read more non-fiction books than ever before. I got addicted to reading books that make me a better mom, wife, employee and entrepreneur. First and foremost on my list of books  I got serious with my Bible studying.  Some of my other favorite reading was The Compound Effect, Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World and Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There.

This year I have blogged more than previous years. I have written 65 blog posts. In the month of October I challenged myself to write a post for every day for the #write31days challenge. I faced some difficulties that month but I successfully blogged 27 out of 31 days. That challenge showed me that I can do more that I thought I could. I focused my October posts on nutrition to help make this site a better resource for my readers. 

I got more focused with my coaching business this year. I connected with my own coach, Traci Morrow which has been a huge blessing for me. She is a great example of passion and wisdom and how to run a business on love. I started learning to stop worrying about being “sales-y” and started learning that I have something to offer that changed my life and offering to share it with others is the least I can do. The next year with Traci will push me farther than ever before. She has arranged for leadership expert John Maxwell to coach our team. 2015 is going to be an amazing year of growth for me! I also have to thank my success partner, Becky Caldwell who has been there month after month sharing her own experiences and wisdom with me and nudging me farther than I would have gone on my own. Through her encouragement and my efforts I have been able to help more people than ever before.

My own personal fitness has had it’s ups and downs this year. I have been consistent in getting into the workout room and moving, but my effort has waned over the last couple of months. Some days were better than others but I wasn’t pushing myself like I should have. I recently “found my mojo” again and I will save the details of that for another post. But I am thankful that even through the times where I just didn’t feel like it, I still got in there and put in the work. 

My husband and I have made a focused effort this year to eat less processed food and to grow more of our own. Bill grew 3 garden beds full of veggies and has plans to expand even more next year. He also started raising 6 chickens (the maximum number allowed in the city limits). Starting in May we should have fresh eggs from our own back yard. We started dreaming about having a small farm someday and providing even more of our own food.

All in all it’s been a year of growth and stretching. I am now waiting for the clock to strike midnight and a new year to begin. I am looking forward to 2015 and the lessons it will bring for me.