Snapshots: Looking Back at 2014

There’s something refreshing about turning the calendar page to a new month. Even more so, a new year. Each year always brings its challenges, joys and surprises. Of course, some months and days are better than others. And some feel like they’ll never end.

While I generally consider myself a positive person (glass is half-full, lessons learned from everything, etc.), if I’m being honest, the first half of 2014 was  difficult for me. Much of those feelings of unhappiness had to do with the unexpected loss of our dog and cat. As many of you know from reading this blog and looking at my photos, we consider our pets part of the family. So to say I was heartbroken to lose Romeo, and then Bipp only two months later, is an understatement. When I think of the 2014, this is a large part of what comes to mind.

I was also in a place where, for the first half the year, I didn’t feel I was on solid ground. I found myself taking on projects and doing things for the wrong reasons, and I felt like I disappointed people (and myself) along the way. One of the many lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is you can’t work for the month’s paycheck. You always have to think ahead, build your pipeline, and diversify your work. I hadn’t truly taken the steps to ensure long-term success until 2014.

Things really started coming together for me in the summer months, and by the end of the year, I was back to feeling on solid ground. I’m happy to have ended 2014 in a much better place than where I started it.

One of the reasons I love making these photo collages (below) is it gives me a chance to reflect on all the memories during the year. I noticed quickly that my photos from January through May were quite sparse compared to the later months. And while 2014 conjures up thoughts of sadness, looking at all these photos, I see how much joy and love there was too. It also helped me realize the time we have on earth and with each other is very much a gift worth enjoying.

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