What I Learned in 2014

Last year was a mixed bag for me. I cannot say it was a good year or a bad year; it was just a year.  Valerie Burton inspired me with her end of year blog post titled “What I Learned in 2014“. She says:

“Whether you view the experiences you’ve had this year as good or bad, each one offers an opportunity to become richer in wisdom and head into the New Year better prepared than ever to live wisely and be resilient.”

Taking the time to reflect on my experiences and what I took away from them brought more meaning to what otherwise appeared to be a relatively uneventful year. Here are the things I learned in 2014:

People are only as far away as you allow them to feel. 

In 2014, we finished our first full year in Texas. I loved the holiday season this year simply because cards, letters, packages, messages and phone calls were abundant.  Folks were even more receptive to video chatting than they had been at other times during the year. Moving to another state if you’ve never been away from your family and friends can be an overwhelming experience.  However, there are so many avenues to communicate that weren’t available 10 to 15 years ago, it barely feels like you are separated. In 2015 communication with friends and family will be a priority.

No matter what anyone says, it is important to like what you do. 

Anyone who says otherwise hates their job. Think about it. For most of us, more daytime hours are spent at work than they are at home five days a week. What are you doing to your mental and physical health by spending all of that time doing something that makes you miserable? For me, 2014 was for recognizing the deficit in my professional enjoyment and 2015 is for doing something about it.

My whole life feels better when the house is clean. 

Even our dogs are happier when the carpet is vacuumed and the tables are dusted. Unfortunately for the pups and us, the entire house is rarely completely clean at one time. But when it is … it’s heaven! All feels right with the world.  Working all week makes the thought of tackling the task of housekeeping seem completely overwhelming. Keeping the house neat and tidy is something I need to focus on in 2015.

Even I can pursue my dreams. 

Given what I’ve put into my extensive education and the past five years of my career, I tend to feel trapped or pigeon holed into what I think I need to do with the rest of my life; even if it’s not what I am ultimately passionate about. I learned in 2014 that it is okay to want to pursue something you enjoy. And, that is how this blog came to be.

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