As a new year begins, we can’t help but reflect fondly on 2014. It was an incredibly full year. From moving to Colorado, to embracing new jobs and to meeting new friends. This year was certainly a year of challenges, great adventures and learning experiences. We sent our hardest routes, explored new areas in a new state, and learned new skills. I read more books than I have since graduating from college and bravely cooked new foods. I incorporated some new ingredients and began writing my own recipes. I continued my attempt to learn Spanish, and we set some strict financial goals, in hopes of soon becoming debt-free. We stayed motivated and held each other accountable for our goals: climbing, budgeting and more.
As far as New Year’s resolutions go, I want to continue to discover beauty in the simple things; all those little treasures around me. I am looking forward to making more beautiful memories with family and friends, and exploring this Colorado area even more. I also hope that we’ll continue to sample new foods and ingredients. I would like to try my hand at making a killer sushi roll and a dairy-free cheesecake. I also hope to increase my Spanish speaking and writing skills, climb 5.12d/13a, enroll in a nutrition/wellness course and embrace any new challenges with optimism. This past year has been particularly challenging with my job. Most days, I don’t enjoy what I do, although, it has definitely gotten better. 2015 may greet me with a new job, but until then, I am thankful that I have one and will continue to work hard at what I do, not just for me, but for the betterment of the families, children and people I work with.
This new year, I hope to challenge myself with new skills. Fly fishing, mountain biking and kayaking to name a few. I also hope to connect more with the people that matter most: family and friends. As we witnessed with 2014, the year went by in a blink. I see a similar pace consuming the year ahead. Remembering and sharing time with our loved ones is one thing we strive for and value every year. That’s a trend I don’t ever see changing. I am tickled for what’s ahead – enjoying those sweet moments with family and friends, and am looking forward to new changes, challenges and experiences that 2015 has to offer.