So writing on the blog isn't a common event anymore, but I won't miss my New Year's post.
You can find past ones here (2011, 2012, 2013)
Going back and reading through the previous year's excitements leads me to believe one thing...I am an eternal optimist. The new year never disappoints, our lives never disappoint and I always believe in the new and exciting. Even better? I'm never disappointed with the outcome either. Whatever path we went down, was the one we were supposed to take no matter if it diverged from the original intention.
John coined this year "The Year of Bitter Disappointment" (coined right after the AU National title loss). As an optimist, well, it just pissed me off. Sure, some things didn't go our way and sometimes we felt like we took 5 steps back for every one we took forward but look where we are now. We live at the BEACH. Say that again. WE LIVE AT THE BEACH. WOW.
We started this year in a great place (despite the AU loss). We started completely debt free, we sold our house, we started a new journey. A journey to a place although we knew pretty well, we didn't know how we would fit in this little beach town. To say we still pinch ourselves is an understatement. We have met AMAZING people. People that took us in immediately and said, "Hey. You're cool. Let's be friends." We have a full social calendar, we are outside a lot..we kayak, we paddleboard, we hike, we play on the beach, we swim, we bike, we walk...we LIVE and LAUGH a lot.
So what's on tap for this year? We are building a home. Not a house, but a home. We have been waiting 10 years to be in a place we can call our own. Our stamp on a place. That is VERY exciting.
Anna will start Kindergarten (uhhh..HUH? Impossible), Graham will start Pre-k (even more WHA??). We will grow our businesses and we will love on our puppies for every extra day we get with them (Cooper is now 11 and Abbie 10).
Most of all we feel like we are where we are supposed to be. THIS is our place. We feel it in our bones. We know something will happen that we didn't want. We know something will happen that will surprise us. But ultimately we know we can handle whatever we get. So 2015, bring it on.