Year in Review: 2014 | The Geneva Convention: Year in Review: 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review: 2014

Bryce Canyon

January: A rocky start. Cancelled flights, a minor car accident, and a fall down the stairs. Alternatively, a birthday, a brand new camera, a trip to Utah, and a weekend in Washington, D.C.

New England Winter
New Paltz

February: An anniversary celebration with James in the Hudson River Valley, an enormous snow storm, and a family reunion.

Trieste
Venice

March: Midterm hell followed by a week and a half of bliss -- spring break with Chamber Singers in Italy.

Senior Ball

April: Reality panic, Senior Ball, soaking up the last minutes of undergraduate life.

Smith Graduation
Ivy Day

May: I put on robes and a funny hat and turned into a graduate instead of the witch I've always wanted to be (James did, too). We said goodbye to our friends and schools and roadtripped home.

Summer on Lake Michigan
Summer Fires

June: A few understated Mittenland adventures. Days at the beach and fires at night.

Remembering Aunt Laura
Downtown Salt Lake
Summer in Utah

July: The toughest month. We lost Laura. I spent some time with James in Utah getting perspective.

Grandpa's 80th
K+R Wedding

August: My grandfather turned 80, and Kristen got married.

Bike Rides on River Trail

September: A month of clean eating and living as we usually do.

Solo Halloween
Another Wedding

October: Another wedding, Art Prize, and a cinnamon bun dream actualized for Halloween.

Wine Tasting
Thanksgiving

November: A somewhat difficult Thanksgiving followed by a fantastic wine tasting.

December: As yet uneventful and therefore under photographed. I've been quiet here lately but I won't be for long, I promise!

As the summary probably demonstrates, it's been a tough year for me. Maybe the toughest year yet. I've discussed some of the reasons why here; some I've chosen to keep to myself. Looking back, I have regrets -- the way I have handled events in my life this year isn't a good reflection of who I am or who I want to be, and I wish that weren't the case.

Nevertheless, 2014 had it's moments, as the photographs above also demonstrate, and if what goes up must come down, then the reverse must also be true. I have high hopes for 2015, and it's looking up already.

2014, it's been real. You piled on an awful lot of awful. Thanks for showing me I could carry it; next time I'll try to do it with more grace.

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