LOOKING BACK at 2014

If you were to ask me about this past year I would probably tell you it wasn't the best. Losing my grandma was really hard, and there were some other challenges along the way. What I'm learning more and more that it isn't the size or number of our experiences/accomplishments-- but the people we share them with. The little moments in life really are what make it special. A few weeks ago Kristen wrote this post on the importance of loving your life no matter what. When I stopped to take the time to look back at my year, I saw how blessed I was with so many wonderful experiences.

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When we look at  resumes or job applications or awards at work or school it's all about our accomplishments. How many things we've achieved. While there's obviously a purpose for that type of measurement of success, it's not the only thing that matters. Society might not appear to value it as much, but the type of person you are and how you treat others is invaluable. In a world so driven by stuff sometimes it's easy to forget that. 

This isn't the post I intended to write when I started typing and I realize this might sound kind of random and off topic. I guess this is really just a reminder for myself (and maybe you) to not always think of accomplishments as things that are easily measured or can be bulleted out on a list. Always celebrate the big things, but if this past year didn't go according to plan, remember to reflect on the little things as well :)

A few favorites of 2014 as documented on the blog: 
Another Thanksgiving Day spent in NYC
Completing my 2014 reading challenge
Sharing my favorite places in DC
A northern Michigan summer vacation
Finding a way to give back (girls love mail)
Making so many amazing friends through blogging!

Linking up with Jenn - what were some of your accomplishments in 2014?

23 comments

  1. Great reminder girl!! I agree about the meeting friends thing! I seriously can't believe all of the great friends I've met through blogging!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. This a great reminder post, lady! I loved Kristen's post and agree that sometimes we get so caught up in the accomplishments and forget about just living. Blog friends truly are the best :)!

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  3. love LOVE this post girly. thank you for the shout out as well :) I really agree - sometimes its so easy for me to get caught up in how I don't measure up compared to this person or that person because I haven't achieved whatever they have. It's so silly! But seriously, love this: the type of person you are and how you treat others is invaluable - so true!!

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  4. Great reminder girl! I was just thinking about doing a year in review type of post and sometimes it's hard not to think about accomplishments. Love this. :)

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  5. oh friend I couldn't agree with this post more. Sometimes the end of the year feels a bit sickening to me ever since I graduated college because my year isn't as easily measured in achievements. Sometimes I think just getting out of bed in the morning or putting on clothes is an achievement in and of itself. Happy New Year friend <3

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  6. Love this! I think it's easy to get caught up in wondering if we're doing enough or if we're good enough, and it can be really draining and counterproductive. One of my goals for this year is to really make sure that I'm doing things for me, and because I want to do them and they make me happy, and not to please anyone else. It seems simple enough but I feel like I lost sight at that at times this past year. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  7. Such a great post and it's always nice to have this blog to look back on and see just how wonderful 2014 was for you!!! So happy to have found your blog this year!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  8. I thought this post was great and I totally agree!! Couldn't have said it better!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  9. What a wonderful post, lady! You are so right - although being recognized for our accomplishments, it's easy to forget that solely becoming the person that we are meant to be is an accomplishment in itself. Not to mention that we are surrounded by so many people that support us no matter what. Cheers to 2015!

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  10. This hit the nail on the head. It's way to easy to think about what you didn't get accomplished in comparison to others. I'm proud of my 2014 and what I got done!

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  11. Cheers to a new year and new challenges. Thank goodness for our loved ones to help us when the times get tough :) xx

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  12. A great reminder.
    Heck, I celebrate that I make it through each & every day :) Good enough for me.

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  13. I am really trying to get rid of the important on stuff this year and focus more on experiences. Great reminder.

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  14. Sorry to hear about your grandmother but I'm glad you had some fun trips etc to enjoy 2014! happy holidays!

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  15. I love this post. Sometimes the achievements are easy to mark — the "big" things, like my half marathon or something like that. But I think it's equally important to recognize the gradual achievements, and the ones we don't really talk about. Things like, not falling apart when everything seems to be working against us. Persevering through the darkest of times. Staying the course and finding the strength to be good citizens and good family members and good friends, even when it's hard. I think those accomplishments and achievements mean just as much, if not more, than something that can be measured or marked with a date and time. I'm sorry for you loss; I lost my grandmother last year and know how hard that can be. But I'm certain she'd be proud of the kind and sweet and accomplished person you are.

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  16. Love this Carly! You are so right, we always look at achievements and I think we are such an achievement driven society. And blogging is especially like that. There is so much more to life than that. Thanks for the reminder!

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  17. I love your favourite posts! Looks like you had a lovely year with lots of nice trips and fun activities. I like reflecting on the past year as well and it's often times the little things that made it awesome.

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  18. Carly, Great post and I completely agree with the sentiments - the little moments are what count and if we judge ourselves based on what we see on our Facebook or Instagram feeds, we are going to go freaking crazy. I am sorry you lost your Grandma this year, that is heartbreaking. I am glad to learn that you are optimistic about the future. You should be - 2015 is going to rock. I hope you have a fantastic start to it.

    ~ Christina

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  19. I love this! Our accomplishments that are less visible are even more important than the ones we can see. Thanks for linking up!

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  20. Love this and totally agree with everything you've said! Comparing ourselves to others usually equals bad news, all that matters is that we are happy with ourselves! Hoping 2015 is even better for you :)

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  21. A timely post for me as I definitely need to remember to focus on those little things. Happy New Year, Carly!

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  22. You are so right, Carly!
    We so often get caught up in the "stuff" and it what seems big that we forget that the "small" accomplishments are big also. Keeping that in mind for this new year.

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  23. You're right on - sometimes the little things are what's the most important, not the big things! It's easy to get swept up in the hype of doing "bigger and better" things when sometimes that's not what will make us happy.

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