Oh 2014, you were so good to me. I found a great job, I started cooking real food, I moved into an amazing apartment with an amazing kitchen, and I finally graduated from grad school. But beyond all of that, I am happy, much happier than I was on December 30th, 2013.
This time last year, I was fighting back tears during my hour-long commute to a job I was grossly overqualified for. I was bitter and resentful at everything and everyone, three months after being laid off. I took my anger out on Johnny, yelling at him and treating him like he was the source of my anger. My plans were messed up and I couldn't accept it. I also ended up losing my closest friend over something that happened during New Years' Eve, but I wouldn't realize the gravity of the situation until much later. Needless to say, I was happy to say goodbye to 2013.
In January, I got the offer to move to my current job. I met so many amazing people and I've learned so much more in 10 months than I have throughout the entirety of my career before.
In February, I completed my first 5k ever in 52 minutes (and while still recovering from the flu).
In March, Johnny and I made the decision to move and found the perfect place for us.
In April, I was lucky enough to be part of my company's move into its own office space, a huge moment for the organization.
In May, we moved across the county to the perfect apartment.
Over the summer months, I upped my cooking game beyond belief.
In August, I started my last semester of grad school.
In September, I finally said goodbye to the most transformative year of my life and happily welcomed my 26th year.
During the fall months, I handled medical situation after medical situation (thyroid issues, TMJ, and a crazy reaction to muscle relaxers) while dealing with the most stressful group project ever.
In December, I finally graduated and said goodbye to USF after 9 years and 3 1/2 degrees.
2014, you treated me so well. You helped me learn how to be happy again, you gave me so many opportunities, and you showed me that all can be right again with some work. When I think back to 2014, I will always remember it was the year I matured into an adult through a crazy series of events that (unfortunately) needed to happen. As sucky as those events were, they needed to happen for me to have this year and to move on from where I was stuck at in 2013. I will always remember 2014 fondly, but I'm ready to embark on a new journey in 2015 (more on that later).