This past new years it has taken me a while to process my thoughts about 2014 and focus on the year ahead. The period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is a blur for me. In early December we packed up our New York apartment, spent an amazing 2 week holiday in Hawaii and returned to Australia, just in time to not be jet lagged for Christmas Day. Then, in a flash it was New Years Eve, and bam 2015 was here. I hadn’t had time to think about the year that was let alone think about what I want to achieve in 2015.
When I reflect on 2014, I realize that the good-by far outweighed the bad and some of the unpleasant circumstances that occurred were really positive experiences in the end.
Celebrating George’s 1st birthday // Finding out I was pregnant with baby # 2 // Spending 2 weeks in Hawaii // Buying the bikes with a child seat so we could bike around the city // Finishing work a few months before we left New York which enabled me to spend time with George and explore the city one last time // Exploring the USA – in 2014 we visited Chicago, IL; Fire Island, NY; Kinderhook Farm Stay, NY; Woodstock, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; Lancaster, PA // We travelled with good friends to some of these places and these are memories I will treasure forever // Rooftop BBQ’s with friends // Being home in Australia for Christmas
Leaving New York // Having to say good-bye to the amazing friends we had made over the past 3 years and not knowing when we will see them again // Prematurely finishing work due to visa issues // Trying to get George to eat and chew his food // The weather in January and February (that pesky polar vortex) // Working long hours in a job that I was not passionate about // Being in New York alone often while Tim travelled for work // Morning sickness (or all day sickness as I experienced it this time around).
As for 2015, we’ll be moving back to Sydney in a few weeks and baby # 2 is due towards the end of March. The beginning of the year is surely going to be a challenge for our family but this year, with all the changes going on in our life this year I want to ensure that I take more risks, am more decisive, make healthier choices for me and my family, am passionate, that I express my gratitude and love towards my family and friends and stop dreaming and start doing.
I’ll leave you with a few photos from Christmas Day.