I’m an avid believer in looking ahead, setting goals, and dreaming big for the next season. But there is great value in turning your head and taking a look back from where you just came. That’s what January is for- taking a look back in reflection, and planning for what is to come. In light of starting a new business and watching the highlights of 2014 flash by my mind’s eye, I am overcome with great hope. I am encouraged. I may not have a lot of money. I may wake up some mornings, completely overwhelmed by where I am compared to my ideals. I may come face to face with my inadequacies and glaring weaknesses. And boy have I wanted to throw in the towel. Oh that soggy, nappy, dank old towel. But I’m excited. I think back to how unhappy I was with my job a year ago. I find myself dreaming and hoping more than I ever have in my life. I never knew you could be so low on money and still be so inspired. There’s something to chasing after passions inside one’s heart. There’s something to coming nose to nose with the realization, “if I fail, I fail,” and continuing to move forward with hope. I want to be able to say, “at least I tried.” At least I gave it everything I had.
All that to say, 2014 was a year where I quit my serving job and pursued a career in something I had been doing part time for years. Something I love. Along the way, I have been blessed by friends and random strangers who have given me their full support. Random friends have taken time to just call me from across the country and encourage me in what they are seeing me do. Some have called simply to brain storm and dream with me. And to think that they do it selflessly. Simply because they love me and believe in me. So, to my friends who have gone out of their way to care for both my heart and my craft, I raise my proverbial glass to you. I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for you. That’s right, I wouldn’t be sitting here at my table with my unkempt hair, frumpy sweater, and a grumbling stomach if it hadn’t been for your belief that I’m going somewhere.
Though I’m skeptical of the high amounts of traffic that this blog conducts and my doubts of whether they will actually ever see this, I want to honor the people who have purposely gone out of their way to encourage me in my creativity this year. For the sake of naming, here are some names that stick out in my memory.
Molly, Jordyn, Kendra, Taylore, Amelia, Chalee and Tony, Bethany, Myca, Bill and Danielle, Harrison, Melinda, Chelsea, Shell, David, Lem and Jess, Leah, Bethany and Adam, Renae and Addam, Seth and Angie, Mindi, and Mike and Mabel- I would have totally talked myself into photo hatred (hating your work) and complete self doubt if it wouldn’t have been for your words and giving me opportunities to grow creatively. Love you all!
So, in commemoration of all the events, people and lives, here are some of my favorite moments in review. Here’s to a new year! Here’s to chasing your dreams. #cheers