Well, it looks like I only posted here once in 2014, hopefully 2015 will be better for keeping things up to date.
So what did I do all year?
Well, I built a website for my mom. And launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for her care, because having chronic and terminal illnesses is expensive. With everyone’s kind and generous donations we’ve raised $2305 (I’ve got a $50 bill in my wallet I need to deposit).
I’ve started dabbling with photography again. I took photos for the HackMemphis pre-party, as well as the actual event. I climbed more stairs than I want to think about while taking pictures at TechCamp, and got a few shots at the Memphis Technology Foundation holiday party.
I loaned my voice out to MTF, and recorded their commercial which has been airing during the Nerds Drinking Podcast.
Along those more technology related lines, I’ve been exploring some avenues of continuing my education without having to go back to school. If you know me from way back, you probably know I’ve always had an interest in design and that’s something I’m hoping to explore further in 2015.
I spent a lot of time at the gym in 2014 working towards the goal of a healthier me. To date, I’ve lost 70 pounds. At the end of 2014, I switched gyms for convenience and better amenities. I’ve started swimming at the gym a few times a week and love it! My overall health has was pretty good this past year, aside from ending it with a sinus infection. I do seem to have a problem with my body creating more white blood cells than I need, but I’m working with a hematologist to figure out what’s going on with the renegade cells.
In July my BFF gave birth to her first child. I’ve spent a lot of time at her house since then getting to know this amazing little human as she grows and develops.
August was… interesting. I was in a car accident that did quite a bit of damage to my car and initiated the Epic Battle of Car Insurance (if you follow me on FB or twitter you probably know all about it) with the other driver’s insurance. I also spent several wonderful days in Biloxi with my husband, that included a side trip to New Orleans. I dream about beignets now, ya’ll!
Then, in September we celebrated my Papaw’s 80th birthday!
I finished out 2014 by switching to a new budgeting system that has completely changed how I think about money. And, as someone with substantial student loan debt, I think about money a lot. I’m a convert, and cannot recommend You Need A Budget enough. I’m a person that works well with a system. Give me a method, rules, guidelines, lists, etc and I’m golden. YNAB, appeals to the uber-organized methodical part of my personality.
And hopefully YNAB will help me pay off the debt we accrued by having two major appliances call it quits in the last two months of the year. At least I have a new washer and dryer?
2014 wasn’t so bad, and I think 2015 will be even better.