I know we all say it, but this year truly has flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was toasting goodbye to 2012 with my girlfriends. So many exciting things have happened this past year. I thought I'd take a moment to remember the highlights...
Sam and I traveled to Australia for the first time together in March. It was such a sweet time in our relationship. I got to see the house he grew up in and meet many of his childhood friends.
In mid May, Sam proposed to me and we began planning a wedding!
In June, we traveled to Boston for the first time. We were true tourists and even went to a Red Sox game! Then, we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod and explored Nantucket. Everything was, for lack of a better word, gorgeous.
I worked on and completed two large-scale design projects and a few smaller ones, too. Balancing freelance work with full-time school was a juggling act, and, admittedly, there were struggles. But it was wildly fun, too.
(...more Rose Creek reveal photos to come in the new year!)
In late November, I became an aunt! My brother and sister-in-law welcomed a baby girl, Lillian Grace:
There were many, many happy moments this past year. But, honestly, there were hard moments too. I try to keep the tone of my blog upbeat for the most part, but I never want it to seem as if I live some sort of perfect existence. Sometimes I think the confusing and difficult times can be more beneficial for our personal growth than the blissful ones. If you have had a hard year, or if you are going through some sort of struggle, please know that you aren't alone. A few years back when I was going through a difficult period of life, I came across a book that truly helped me work through it and deal with the change. It's called Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline Myss. Here's a quote from the book that I love, and that I find applicable as we move towards a new year:
The beautiful thing about a new year is that we all get a clean slate and a fresh start. The past is over- the now is new, fresh, and limitless. I hope you welcome it with joyous expectancy, like me. Cheers to 2014!