2014: A year in review

31 December 2014

Friends! I hope you had a truly marvelous Christmas. Ours is 2/3 of the way over – my whole family still hasn’t been able to get together to celebrate, so we’re reconvening over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend! :)

John and I are looking forward to a special date night on Friday, where we’ll do our own look back at 2014 and dream a bit about what we want our 2015 to look like. I can’t wait! In the meantime, here are a few of the highlights of the year on EFM and in our lives!


2014 dawned with SNOW! More snow than we had ever seen down here – about six inches in one storm! It was fun to see our house dusted in white. We also snagged last-minute tickets to a Duke game at Cameron, and in February trotted out to Asheville for a tour of the Biltmore (amazing!). I posted two of my most popular posts ever, about my homesickness and paying off our debt. In February, I shared our love story and my 60 Before 30 goals!


March was so fun! We took a weekend trip to Charleston that we both remember as being just about perfect. We also welcomed best friends to North Carolina and checked off goal 49, canoeing down the Haw River!


In April we started our garden! As the weather warmed up we enjoyed more warm weather activities, like Bulls games and sitting on our own front porch. I wrote two posts about what we eat.


We did a few things in May (including strawberry picking at the farm across from our neighborhood!), but by far the most notable was our week-long trip up the California coast and out to Yosemite! I covered it in seven posts: Malibu, Ojai, Montecito / Santa Barbara, Montana de Oro, Cayucos / Cambria, San Simeon, Big Sur / Monterey and Carmel / Yosemite / San Francisco.


It was an AMAZING trip and we would recommend it to anyone!! Our roses also burst into bloom at home.


Whew! In looking back at past years-in-review, it seems June always kicks my tail, and this year was no exception! I can’t complain, though, because it was all such good stuff – I traveled to Charleston and Nashville for work (which included Jeni’s for the first time – bliss!!), to New York City for a baby shower for Marget/bridal shower for Natalie, and to Boone to camp with friends!


In July we headed back to New England for Natalie and Joe’s wedding! We also harvested loads of tomatoes from our backyard.


August! Always one of my favorite months, because it’s usually when we spend a week at my favorite place in the world, the island in Maine where we have our cottage. This year we got to go sailing with friends while up North, and it was definitely a highlight! (I posted a short video.) We also invited friends over for a porch party and I shared a home tour in two parts.


We kicked off September with a Labor Day visit to Asheville (two in one year – lucky us!!), this time with my Dad in tow. We bought him a white water rafting trip for his birthday, and it was a hoot to do it together! September also marked our first trip to Monuts, after which I shall never be the same again. I wrote about six years of blogging, our marriage advice, and our friends’ wedding.


In October, we really stepped it up fitness-wise – I hope to write about that a bit in 2015. We combined a trip to Connecticut for a wedding with a trip to NYC to meet our new nephew (!!), I took a separate trip to New York for work, we went to the State Fair with my parents, and we hosted our second annual pumpkin carving night!


Ya heard what I was saying about those donuts, right? :) We balanced them out with short runs and long bike rides, and a few walks in the woods just because. I loved traveling to Grand Cayman for work and being featured in Emily Ley’s Simplicity series!


December was sweet and relatively slow. It was a joy to share our home with my family at Christmas for the first time!

It’s good to step back and be grateful, and grateful I am. It was a great year. Friends, it has truly been a delight to be a small part of y’all’s lives this year, and to have you as a part of mine. I’ll be back soon with more on my plans for 2015!!

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December 31, 2014 7:15 am

What a beautiful year you’ve had! It is so good to look back and be thankful for all the good things we’ve experienced. I have only written about the past month on my blog and already there are so many happy memories there. I am planning on taking some time to reflect on 2014 tonight and make plans for the coming year.
I am looking forward to reading your posts in 2015.
Happy New Year from the snowy Czech Republic!

December 31, 2014 9:29 am

I’d say 2014 really was a marvelous year for you, John, and EFM – hooray! I love reminiscing about the past year, both the highs and the lows, and then looking forward to and dreaming about the coming year. Thanks for sharing such fun highlights of your year and all of the adventures (and travel!)… though I can’t believe you would willingly cheer for Duke! Ha :)

December 31, 2014 7:32 pm

Such a marvelous year! Thank you for recommending Monuts to my mama and I. We are still talking about that breakfast :)

December 31, 2014 9:56 pm

I love these sort of posts. Thanks for sharing your year with us, it looked like a wonderful one!

January 2, 2015 6:03 am

It’s been a magical year – wishing you so much more in 2015 x

January 2, 2015 5:21 pm

I love your emerald bikini Em!! And your kitty is so sweet <3 Looks like you had an amazing year

January 4, 2015 3:05 pm

What a wonderful year! I’m going to re-read your CA posts because we are headed there in February for my husband’s 30 birthday!

January 4, 2015 3:26 pm

A good year! XO