Oh 2014. You were a good year and a bad year, as I suppose most years are. I am ending 2014 tired, sick and a little low. That's not unusual for me. I tend to get bogged down during the holidays. Too much alcohol, too much food, and too much down time tend to slow me down and put me in a low mood, but I usually snap out of it during the beginning of the year. Many times, I do a cleanse. Last year it was Arbonne, and the year before it was the Crazy Sexy Diet. This year, I don't want to do that. I'm still struggling to define my life as healthy without being incredibly strict, so I feel that going on a "cleanse" is against that. No matter how well something works, if it's too strict, I will bounce back in the opposite direction. I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in eating healthy food, getting a moderate amount of exercise, and smiling more.
That's enough negativity, though, because 2015 is going to be a great year, and I'm an optimist. There were some really great moments this year, and here are a few of my favorites.
This Kale Detox Soup was absolutely the most popular recipe on the blog this year. I definitely noticed that the healthy Arbonne recipes were the most shared, but I feel that that has every bit to do with people searching for recipes to help them lose weight as it does with the quality of the recipe. Yes, this soup is yummy, but I couldn't build all future blog recipes on how well they would be spread through social media. Still, it's a very good soup.
Midway through the Arbonne cleanse, I realized that all you really need to do to feel better is actively work to make yourself feel better. I wrote The Journey is the Reward because I didn't need an end result, the pursuit of bettering myself was all I needed. This is what I strive to get back to.
I felt so good after my 30 days, that I decided to go 100. There is really something to be said about clean, plant based recipes. I definitely want to include more in my diet in the new year, but I won't throw a bunch of rules on my eating habits.
This taco brunch was one of my favorite posts. Josh and I braved a huge snow storm to gather supplies to make brunch for our friends E + P. There are some fun snow pictures, as well as tons of yummy taco photos.
In March, a big bunch of us ran the Little Rock Half Marathon. The run itself was really cold, but we had a good time. Josh and I were scheduled to do another one in November, but we dropped out. I'm still struggling with how boring the training gets to be.
A few weeks after the race, I got my blood work done for an insurance physical. The results were great. Go vegan diet!
In March, Josh and I got out in the woods. It was a really lovely trip. We wanted to go many more times in 2014, but it didn't work out. I would really like to make hiking more of a priority in 2015 and beyond. There is something really wonderful about the woods.
We started having pancakes on Sundays every now and then. This is when I started loosening the detox rules, which seemed quite freeing at the time.
In April, I met up with my LR vegan friend Sheridan and her BFF, Bianca from Vegan Crunk. We had an amazing US Pizza lunch. These girls are awesome.
Perhaps the most exciting thing that happened all year was that I passed all my Architecture Registration Exams and became a licensed Architect!
.... oh yeah, and then there were WAFFLE TACOS.
In May, my sister and I went on a yoga retreat together. It was truly beautiful!
We rescued an awesome cat, Reggie Swats, that now lives happily with our friend Ryan.
Summer brought beautiful produce, so I started making salads!
We must have made this zucchini salad 5 times. It was a huge hit at the summer BBQ's we attended.
I did a 50 mile bike race with a group of my favorite people. It was a blast!
I headed to New York and tried out some absolutely amazing vegan food.
We had such a lovely trip! I got to meet Tom, the love of my bestie from college, David. It was a wonderful visit, and I just found out the got engaged over Christmas. Looks like I'll be heading back to New York for a wedding in the future!
These BBQ tempeh wraps went over great at Josh's work party, AND they made it to the Finding Vegan Facebook page!
I read Intuitive Eating, and it really changed my idea about detoxes, strict diets and the like. This has been a blessing and a curse. I have tried to throw out old dieting rules, but I've also eaten worse since listening to it. I am striving for that middle ground.
In August, we expanded our house with our little kitty Basil. It's crazy to see her so small now, because she's definitely grown up in just the few months that we've had her.
For my birthday, my girlfriends came home with me and went wedding dress shopping. My mom made a huge spread for everyone. It was a blast.
I got to try Imagine Vegan Cafe in Memphis with Bianca. It was so tasty. I love being able to go somewhere and order anything on the menu.
I did Vegan Mofo for the 2nd year in a row, and I felt very happy and confident from all of the blogging.
We had a beautiful vacation in St. Thomas. It was just what I needed. I got to make lots of healthy snacks on the road, and Josh and I got to relax in lawn chairs and read books.
We continued to have many tasty taco nights.
Of course, the worst thing that happened this year was losing our beautiful Bodhi. I miss her so much, but we dwell on the good memories, not the painful loss. She was such a great cat.
We had Sheridan and Drew over and made some killer chili. It was awesome.
I started taking meditation classes and decided to be happy with what I have. Of course, that's easier said than done, but it's a work in progress.
I got a little sick of blogging and decided to change the tone.
Finally, I got to try a sandwich named after my sister and had a good Christmas.
So, that was my year. Doing a recap was really helpful, and it made me feel better looking on all the great things that have happened this year. In 2015, I am looking forward to:
- getting married
- going on an amazing honeymoon trip to Hawaii
- seeing friends that I haven't seen in years
- working on our house
- trying to start a family
So, in no certain order, here are my goals and resolutions for 2015.
- Go on more walks
- Weight lift 2 times a week
- Post digital illustrations to Scribbly Brain on a weekly basis
- Work on daily meditation
- and perhaps my favorite, KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
I think a gratitude journal would be an amazing way to get outside of my head and focus on positive things. So, I think my biggest goal would be to take a few minutes a night, sit in silence, and think about 3 positive things a day.
What are your goals for 2015? Do you do resolutions? What are you looking forward to in the next year? Leave me a comment.