Looking back on 2014

2014 was a great year! I can’t complain I got a new job, bought a house, and enjoyed lots of quality time with friends and family. At the beginning of 2014 I made a list of what I hoped to accomplish throughout the year, there were some very clear hits and misses.

1. Get Fastereh… sort of a hit….

In 2014 I ran my fastest half marathon since 2008. It wasn’t a PR but it was closer to my goals. It showed me that with training and hard work I am capable of becoming faster.

Not a win... but also not a lose

Not a win… but also not a lose

2. Run 14 Races in 2014HIT!

Throughout the entire year, I managed to complete 14 unique races! I squeezed in a last minute 4-miler on New Year’s Eve to make the cut, but I did it! I’d actually thought that I’d only done 13 until just checked, so I’m doing a happy dance right now.

I have a dance move like this... I call it the full body shake. (Wish I was kidding)

I have a dance move like this… I call it the full body shake. (Wish I was kidding)

3. Be more consistent with trainingMiss

2014 was a busy busy year! Between the job, house, social events and hurting myself my training was allll over the place. So yeah, I’m taking this one as a miss because clearly I could of been so much better at it.

4. Try New RecipesHIT

I may not of shared all the recipes I tried but I did get out of my comfort zone. I experimented with protein flours (not all great, hence when I didn’t share), healthy substitutions, made my first super successful Meringue, recreated recipes the hubby and I tried at Wine and Dine Fest, and even made Lo Mein. In 2014 I found a lot of joy cooking and baking in my new home. This I hope continues forever, cause I love it!

yeah that's a marbled pumpkin cheesecake with a homemade graham cracker crust #NoBigDeal

yeah that’s a marbled pumpkin cheesecake with a homemade graham cracker crust #NoBigDeal

5. Be kinder to myselfMiss

I am way too critical of myself. This is something I have worked on my entire life. One part that did improve is being less critical of my kitchen disasters. So maybe my almond Russian Tea cakes were gross…. that doesn’t mean I’m a terrible baker. Being less critical is something that I continue to work on daily. It’s a process.

Let's think positive people... and by people I mean me

Let’s think positive people… and by people I mean me

6. Learn a new skill – Miss

I played with that guitar for like 4 weeks and then it sat in a corner for 11 months. Would I love to learn it? Yes. Is it a priority? No.

7. Run 500 MilesMaybe…Yes?

So I used 4 different mileage trackers this year. I started with daily mile, then I used a runner’s world paper tracker, then I used a calendar on the wall of my cube, and lastly I used my TomTom Sport Watch’s online tracker. Daily Mile put me at 116 Miles. Runner’s World was something around 185. Cube wall was like 95 and Tom Tom 113. That’s puts me somewhere around 509? Now, I know there are days that I forgot and didn’t write anything. So I think I did it… but I’m going to try to be more organized about this in 2015.

Yep, that's pretty much my method of organization

Yep, that’s pretty much my method of organization

8. Try Harder – Subjective

This year, I made more of an effort to try harder regarding what I did. Could this of been improved upon? Absolutely. Did I try as hard as I could of? No. But did I make more of an effort than usual? Yes. I try to put my heart into everything I do and sometimes it is wonderful and other times not so much. I once heard, someone say they try to live with purpose and I feel like that applies in this situation. (Tangent Over)

illuminate the world

2014 as a whole was a great year. There were victories and defeats but overall I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Every mile was special and I had some amazing adventures!

What a crazy amazing year!

What a crazy amazing year!

Now that 2014 is officially over. It’s time to start thinking up some new resolutions and goals (that make sense) for 2015!

Did you complete your 2014 resolutions? What accomplishment are you most proud of in 2014?

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