Before Christmas and leaving for a little winter break, I wanted to reflect on my year. I have so many mixed feelings about this year that I don’t even know where to begin. It’s been a great year project wise here on my blog and we’ll get to that in a minute, but behind the scene it has been a pretty difficult and trying year in so many ways.
I never really write a lot about what goes on because this is a blog that mostly focuses on DIY and pretty things but the holiday season and approaching a new year is a great time to write a little bit more about what goes on in my life.
This past year has been hard on our marriage as I get busier with my blog and my husband isn’t all to happy with his own job and also really wanting to move to a different location. While I’m not against moving because neither one of us wants to grow old in the town we live in, I don’t want to move to just anywhere, especially not if it is a place where it is a lot more expensive than where we live now. I worked very hard to get our affordable home to where it is right now and I’m not just going to give that up out of a whim.
The issues with our daughter (read HERE, HERE and HERE if you missed it) came to an all time low this summer and severely added to all the stress in our family. In the end I feel like it made us all stronger as a family. And in case you are wondering how she is doing, I have to tell you that she is doing wonderful. She is still on her very very strict candida diet, but she feels, knows and really understands that she is doing so much better and never wants to go back to where she was before. Cooking is a big challenge and we are hoping to find out if we can introduce some more food back into her daily diet after we meet with a nutritional specialist at the end of January who will do some more tests. We are all so glad though that we didn’t have to medicate her in the end and that we proved our pediatrician wrong.
There have been lots of issues with extended family here in the US which always gets even more stressful around the holiday season if y’all know what I mean. I really really hate it. Being homesick and missing my own family so much doesn’t help, especially since my brother and sister-in-law just had a baby. And my husband’s wishes to move keeps sounding better and better. Thankfully people in logistics are needed everywhere and in most companies.
I ended up with severe stress related hair loss and anxiety and am trying to take better care of myself.
We couldn’t have done it without counseling this year and that is the hardest part to admit so publicly on my blog but I don’t want anyone to think that my life is picture perfect because it isn’t at all. I know that you can feel so inadequate sometimes when reading so many blogs where the homes look perfect and clean, the spouse always gets called the soul mate and love of someone’s life and the kids are well dressed and looking adorable in happy family photos. I struggle with that myself a lot and have to learn not to compare my life. To just do my own thing at my own pace is what I need.
But this little blog of mine keeps me from worrying too much all the time and helps me regroup my thoughts and keep me sane. I like focusing on the pretty visual things while blogging instead of focusing on things that don’t work so perfectly.
As we approach the new year, we have come to the conclusion that 2015 will be the year of changes, big and small, the year of putting our foot down and living our life the way we want.
Another big thing for me is to try not to worry about what other people think of me. Not everyone likes me and I will try to be ok with that. Saying it out loud on my blog like this feels really good actually.
So lets get to my 2014 projects and posts.
Here are some of my favorites and I had to include Christmas too even if you recently just saw it:
1. cross hallway and closet makeover
2. kitchen towel canvas art
3. DIY abstract art
4. easy top knot print
5. upholstering my button tufted chaise
6. copper and blush bedroom makeover (one of my most popular posts in 2014)
7. radiant orchid desk makeover
8. marble kitchen backsplash
9. painted marble paper curtains
10. woodsy patio makeover
11. organizing my daughter’s room
12. DIY duct tape maleficent costume
13. walk-in lost makeover
14. different look for our living room
15. painted kitchen towels
16. polka dot painted towel
17. black and white painted curtains
18. Christmas mantel
19. Christmas dining room
20. Christmas living room with folded stars
Having DIY magazine come to our house was a huge dream come true (click HERE to read) even though I’ll have to wait for a year for it to get published. I’m thrilled about it though and I will dream even bigger for 2015 🙂
And if you missed our traveling, here is where we went this year:
I hope you enjoyed this little roundup and honest glimpse into my life and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great start into 2015. Having this blog and you all in my life is like therapy to me and I so love hearing from you all from time to time. You can’t even imagine how much your comments and emails mean to me, so keep them coming in 2015.
Tschüss und Frohe Weihnachten! See you next year 😉