i savour the process of reflection; looking back and discovering choices and decisions that have shaped life and events that have thrust you into new situations to find new things about yourself.

so on the morning of the last day of 2014, i want to acknowledge a year full of deep lows and some highs… to commemorate and acknowledge but also say farewell. i am ready for a new year!

i am usually someone who is subdued about a new year, pretty nonchalant about it but hopeful. at the end of 2014, i am truly ready for a new year, a fresh start and exciting things to come!

what word do you think best summed up 2014?
endure {to remain in existence; last – synonyms include: live on, go on, hold on, abide, continue, persist, remain, stay, survive} it was a year of endurance for me, recalibrating and holding firm. i am proud to know that i reached out for help in my time of need, to key people and to you guys who read here.

what did you do for the first time this year?
i said fare thee well to friends and loved ones in korea and prepared for a new life at home. it was a journey and grief all in itself. i look back on my time in korea with such pride, it was a special time with lifelong friends made to remind me of this.

what is one thing that happened that will have lasting consequences?
for the last five months, it is has been a challenge to know where i fit, applying for jobs and not getting any opportunity. because of the lack of open doors, hubby and i had the opportunity to work at the same school. we are excited about that and also joining the kerikeri community.

was there anything you wish you’d done differently?
i would have reached out to people around me earlier.
i would have weaned my son a little earlier too.

do you have a favourite moment from the year? what made it special?
in july, i visited america with isaiah. having the opportunity to do this was definitely a favourite. being away from hubby was hard but to get the experiences to meet with family and friends was very special. a once in a lifetime opportunity.

what do you most want to do in 2015?
i want to continue to grow and find the things that i am passionate about again. my new role, at a new school is something i know will provide lots of opportunities for that. i want to be a wife and mother that is active, passionate and at peace with who she is.

what do you most want to change about yourself? the world?
i want to minimise the effect of fear on my decisions and choices. i have become cautious and know that i miss out on new opportunities when i let fear in. i know that the world is a big place, so i want to be a great change maker for the world around me and for my son’s world.

what one word do you hope will sum up what you hope to achieve in 2015?
rise {move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up. synonyms include: make progress, make headway, make strides, forge ahead, come on, climb, advance, get on}

{joining in with maxbellaloves and her end of year questions here} come join us!

ka kite ano, 2014! i am glad you were but also excited to lay you to sleep now. 

i hope you have a safe and special time heading into 2015. happy new year everyone!

:: holding on to the good ::

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