It’s Been Real, 2014

Real good and real bad. Mostly real, real good.

2014 was full of LOVE, celebration, adventure, happiness, spontaneity, color, learning, growth, new friends, community, new ventures, creativity. 2014 came with the greatest moments of my life (the very greatest, marrying my best friend) and moments that brought me to my knees.

We got alllll of our friends and family together in one place during our wedding week. It was a blast & will probably never happen again because everyone is so spread out.10881518_10152736890772933_7622477251185212697_n

I married the love of my life. (and my sweet sister, becca, shared her birthday with our wedding day…bec, does this make up for it?)

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Our incredible honeymoon to Jamaica & Mexico.

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We came back from our honeymoon and two weeks later Lily joined our little family.

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Both of our sisters graduated from high school, Erin & CheyAnn!

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I launched my company, Rise!

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ooof, and so many more trips and fun celebrations with our family and friends – I just now realized how crazy jam packed full this year was. woah. I loved 2014.

I have never been one to plan or make resolutions for the New Year or make a big deal of it but I want to change it up a bit. I set aside time just to pray about and plan for 2015 and what it will look like and I am now a raving fan of  preparing my heart for the New Year. I’m a planner, goal setter, obsessive list-maker, so I feel like I’ve been missing out on like, the best part of life- it was so refreshing to sit down and plan out the year.

I came up with a couple of themes/goals. One HUGE theme I want to be consistent in is embracing my age and right where I am. I know this sounds silly but I wasted a lot of time this year feeling inferior because of my age and how people perceive me which totally shot my self esteem so I definitely want to focus on, or rather take the focus off of that and shine a giant light on seeking wisdom and knowing God more. I’m so excited to journey through the Bible from start to finish and actually finish it and I invite anyone who wants to join reading with me! Growing Rise – there’s a heartbeat! It’s a light thumping but it’s there and I can’t wait to report back at the end of 2015. In growing my business comes being creative, part of me that I didn’t know that I had so I’m totally falling in love with that. I’m developing a real passion for what this business does and means and I’m incredibly excited about that. I’ve really enjoyed documenting through this blog and sharing with my friends and family along the way. It’s another layer of accountability and community that I have been so blessed by and I am eager to continue to do that in 2015.

My primary prayer is that my dreams for this year line up with the Lords will because I know that what He has in store for me is far greater and better than anything that I could ever dream up.

ALSO. We’re really looking forward to moving into a new home this summer but there has been very little up for grabs – still in our favorite little town just somewhere a little bigger & with a back yard for our Lil (yes we have her back!). So, prayers in the house hunting process would be immensely appreciated!

Oooo, and I had to share some totally amateur photos from a camera my dad got Justin & I for Christmas. So excited to play photographer everywhere I go 😉

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I’d love to invite you to share your goals and plans for 2015. How can I be praying for you and your dreams for the New Year?

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