Friday, January 2, 2015

Life's Short, Do More... My 2014 Recap in Pics


Ahhh... 2015, finally!  See ya later 2014, not all that sad to watch you go.  I'm not generally the type of person to wish time away but I have been looking forward to the start of a new year. 

2014 started off horribly and, though it definitely had some good moments, it was overall a pretty stressful year for me.

Sometimes stress is a good thing... such as the prep work for my job change last summer (which paid off, got the job!).  But a lot of my stress was negative... such as dealing with the aftermath of my mom's death, some financial setbacks and letting my new job interfere with maintaining my work/life balance.  The trouble with negative stress is that, unless you take some action, it starts to cloud your perception of what is truly important in life.

I noticed that I began placing unnecessary significance on the stupidest things...  Everything from being cutoff in traffic (maybe I'm just a Masshole but there are times when my horn and middle finger get used as frequently as my blinker) to undue agonizing about work projects to constant worrying about the future instead of actually enjoying and living in the moment.

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Aside from family and friends, my health and happiness are the most important things to me. Ironically, I kept pushing them aside last year to make room for other stuff. 

As a result, towards the end of the year I found myself completely out of my workout routine, sick with bronchitis, and constantly tired, cranky, stressed and annoyed.  I learned at the beginning of the year that life is short... so why wasn't I focusing on what really matters to me?

The crazy thing is, as a wellness specialist, I assist employees with effectively managing their wellness needs on a daily basis; however, here I am, neglecting to do the same with my own.  There's a time and place to put other people's happiness before your own but "all the time" should never be an option.

Don't get me wrong, 2014 had it's highlights (got the picture proof below!)... but I'll mostly look back on 2014 as the year that reminded me how amazingly short life is, the importance of a positive mindset and how I need to do MORE of what makes me happy. (Oh, and the year that I realized I should stop wearing the same clothes as my toddler nieces but that's besides the point.)

Nothing like owning the exact same pair of striped seersucker shorts as a 2-year old.

2015 is already off to a good start with a spontaneous New Year's Day snowboarding trip (with more time actually spent on the board than falling on my ass, yay!) and a relaxing 11-day vacation from work, allowing me to work on rebuilding habits that fell by the wayside like reading, working out and spending time with friends.

Cannot wait to enjoy many more good times, like some of my favorites from 2014....

More trips in 2015 w/ my travel buddy...


Spending more time w/ these little munchkins...


More weekend getaways w/ my college girls...

More dancing in dive bars...


More raising awareness for good causes like The Jimmy Fund...

More family selfies... 


More auntie/niece selfies...


More road races (and post-race beers) with the family...


More Cape Cod trips with dad...


More outdoor concerts w/ good friends...


More attempts to beat my 5k PR :)


And, for sure, more opportunities to slow down and enjoy the moment.  Cheers to that :)

 Happy 2015!!  What will you be doing MORE of??

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