This year was gooooooood. Sure, there were a few hard things thrown in the mix (hello broken bone inside of my head) but no year is going to be flawless. I’m just grateful to have a year go by that wasn’t characterized by job loss, baby loss, heartache and disappointment. It’s been a while since we had a year that wasn’t really hard. We are standing in celebration over how this year turned out. It felt like we were finally able to breathe and actually enjoy life a little bit (ok, we enjoyed it a lot!).
I think the word Discovery accurately sums up the theme of 2014. Self-discovery, professional-discovery, rediscovering joy. I discovered new hikes and trails, parks and areas around this beautiful county of ours. It was a year of discovering some of God’s most beautiful blessings as I learned more about who I am in Christ.
Travel was a big theme of this year. I think we traveled more this year than any other year in our 12 years together! A few of the places we went to: Steamboat Springs, Mexico City, Zion, Charlotte, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Wyoming, Grand Cayman, Telluride, Estes Park, Arizona/Utah and countless little weekend backpacking/hiking/camping trips in between. I counted and I think we were gone 30 weekends out of the year. We saw so much, experienced so much. And our lives feel richer because of it. Not only does travel bring us closer but it deepens our appreciation for pretty much everything.
Another big piece of this year was me making a big business decision and deciding to photograph elopements! I said goodbye to big weddings and welcomed these sweet little intimate ceremonies with open arms. I photographed 30 elopements this year and I can honestly say I’ve never been more creatively fulfilled and happy in the 8 years I’ve been doing this professional photography thing. It’s like a whole new world has opened up to me! I also discovered a dormant desire in my heart…landscape photography! I’m soooo excited to see where this goes in 2015! I feel like I’m rediscovering photography all over again.
This year was full of baby steps in my Wild Goose Chase. I pointed myself in the direction I felt He was calling me to. I got over some fear of counseling began doing some spiritual/weight loss coaching for a Christian ministry. I’m absolutely blown away by how God is using my journey to help others become free from the bondage of weight and disordered thoughts about food. For the first time, I feel like I’m walking in His will and living out part of my calling. It’s beautiful.
2014 also marked the beginning of a journey out of the thick, dark and dense forest of infertility. I’ve slowly begun to peek my head out of the trees as I discern who I am apart from the last 5 years. It’s interesting how my identity got gobbled up by the pursuit of motherhood. I’m discovering what life in the aftermath of infertility feels like. It’s an interesting and solitary road to walk. But I’m slowly learning to navigate it. No doubt this journey will continue into 2015 and beyond.
Mostly I’m just grateful for a good year. Finally! I’m excited to see how the things I discovered in 2014 turn into things that I embrace in 2015.