Here comes 2015

I like lists. Its a weakness really. I write lists about everything. I have a spreadsheet just for baby things. Oddly enough I prefer pen and paper lists. I suppose we all have a pet peeve.

While my thoughts and goals for 2014 were not all realized I did learn a few things. I didn’t post every day….and that is ok. I did post more last year than the year before. I have still not entirely narrowed my blogging goals, but I have a better idea of what I like to write. I still don’t have one craft I love, but I have improved my embroidery skills, and the over quality of the things I do make and I have tried a few new things (and rejected a few things as well) I love the new year. You get a new planner, and a false sense of beginning that is extremely inspiring.

Here are few goals for this new year!



1. See the beach

This is really a goal I set every year and most years I make it. This year I plan to go before this baby pops out.

2. Have a baby!

I’m thinking that this a goal I will definitely reach. I’m already halfway. 😉

3. Go Dancing

I’m terribly out of shape and it will have to wait until after this kid arrives.

4. Successfully make bread dough rise

5. Visit a new state

Maybe Washington!

6. Put Christmas up before February

7. Take pictures as often as possible

8. Journal every day for a month

9. Hang degree above desk

10. License

11. Start a life’s ambition notebook

This has been on the list a while…maybe I will finally get around to it

12. Watch all the Harry Potter movies in a row

This too actually

13. Crochet something amazing

14. Learn one full piano song

15. Go to six flags

16. Smoke a cigar (iffy)


 17. Make 100 Etsy sales!

This year I capped out at 15.

18.  Write! Write and publish at least every day for a month

19. Write a unit study…write a ton of them…write curriculum.

20. Work at least one craft fair a month starting in February or March.


2014 in review

I thought this was pretty neat. I want to keep all of this in mind as I delve into 2015 writing. Thanks for following along this year.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

It is nearing the end

robin Williams

My 25th year brought with it many changes, and surprises and shocks. The year 2014 was a hell of a ride. Robin Williams is gone from this world. The final Hobbit movie just came to theaters. Ebola was a real thing in America for about a minute. I still don’t know what ISIS stands for. My brother found a girlfriend. My sister quit her biggest bad habit. I got an apartment. I found out I actually can reproduce. I’m having a baby. I’m having a little boy named Carl Markus. I spent 3 1/2 months primarily visiting with a toilet throwing my guts up every day…by myself. I still get sick occasionally. For the first time in my life I discovered what it felt like to have a little alien inside me kicking my bladder. I haven’t yet lost my sense of humor. Just wait though, I haven’t gone through labor yet.


While 2013 kind of sucked, 2014 was just the year of new discoveries. I ran a successful children’s Summer program from scratch to the end with very little idea of what I as doing. I got my first tattoo this year. Before this baby I was saving up for number two. Obviously that is being postponed. I’ve made a few new friends this year. I have completely alienated a few old friends. I’ve let a lot of animosity go that I was previously holding onto. It must be the pregnancy hormones, but I seem to be incapable of holding a grudge right now. This year I worked my butt off with Children’s Ministry, craft fairs and shows, side jobs, and trying to keep my head above water. I stopped writing for a few months, for several reasons. I’ve started writing again with a ton of new goals and hopes and dreams.

What I learned this year is that no matter what happens in this life we must keep moving. Keep dreaming. Keep building. Keep growing. And never let someone else’s standard of growth or movement or dreaming be our own. I can’t count  the number of times I got bogged down in the ideas of others or how many times I was told I wasn’t doing something the “right” way this year or how many times I was told I needed to make change A, B or C. I suppose some of that can be due to the fact that I underwent several life changes this year and everyone wants to offer advice. The rest can be attributed to the communal advice column we as a society like to pass on to anyone carrying around a fetus.

I really hope I can look back on 2014 and see all the positives and remember that I am the only one who has to answer for and live with my decisions. I hope you all had an awesome year.