A year in review (2014). / by Mialy DeFelice

I know it might be a little late, but since I have been a tiny bit down on myself lately, I thought it would be fun to look back on 2014.  Even though it ended with a little bit of a whimper, it was actually an amazing year looking back.  We started off the year with trip to celebrate our fifth anniversary (we went to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna).  We had such a blast!  We had Morgan with us twice and Kim with us once.  We saw Lady Gaga (again), and went to some games (Warriors, 49ers).  We travelled more within California (Palm Springs, Tahoe, Sonoma, Big Sur, LA), and even got to go back home in September.  We went to Belize, which was a life changing trip.  We did a minimalist challenge, that severely reduced our possessions. I kept up my commitment to keep fresh flowers in the house, and though I didn't eat breakfast every day, I ate it a bunch. We moved closer to my work, Eric finished his master's and I applied to grad school.  

I tend to overly focus on the negative and I don't end up appreciating all that amazing parts of my life.  When I left my degree, I set out a list of goals for myself.  To travel, explore my creativity, be more active, and most importantly to not be a workaholic. These goals seemed impossible to me at the time, and I thought I was just setting myself up for disappointment.  But I have accomplished everything I wanted to and more. I have become eminently more comfortable in my own skin.  It did not happen overnight, it took work.  I will not be able to shed the negativity immediately, but I am overall a deeply optimistic person, so I know with work it will come. So bring it on 2015.  I will work my hardest to focus on the positive, and of course (as per my resolution), drink less sugar.