In the style of Chris Guillebeau, I decided to go ahead and do a year in review, if for no other reason than to be able to look back on my first year starting Tiff(dot)com and gauge my growth. Maybe next year’s review will look totally different! So, if you want to walk through 2014 with me, feel free to do so! And please link to your own year in review in the comments, because I would absolutely love to read about it!
What went well in 2014?
I started Tiff(dot)com!
In the Spring of 2014, my cousin asked if I could help rebuild the websites for her businesses. To be honest, this was not something I’d done before, and I was pretty scared saying yes, but it was the *best* decision I could have made. My thinking was just that I would figure out whatever I didn’t know. And I did! I have learned a lot since then, and worked with some fabulous clients, and I can’t wait to see where this goes in 2015!
I adopted my dog, Lady!
I’m a huuuuge fan of dogs. But I’m also afraid of committing to things that involve keeping other things alive. I started volunteer dog walking for K9 4 Keeps during the summer, and regularly walked a pit bull named Greta. I didn’t really know what to think of her – she had large eyes and didn’t really seem to have an opinion about me. But she grew on me as I walked her each day, and eventually I just knew I had to adopt her! So I went through an arduous process of finding an apartment that allowed “aggressive breeds,” and once I found one, I brought her home. Taking care of a dog by myself has been a challenge, but Lady (I changed her name) is my family now, and I couldn’t even imagine life without my goober in it.
I visited Iceland!
First international trip (aside from Mexico) – woop! Ever since I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in the theaters, the idea of visiting the beautiful country of Iceland stuck with me. When my wanderlust kicked into overdrive, I realized Iceland would be a fabulous place to visit, as it would allow me to make a stop in Boston to see some friends, and it was affordable. I can’t say enough about that beautiful, friendly, amazing country. Visit my Tiff in Iceland Tumblr to learn more about my trip!
I started weightlifting more!
This is pretty new – I just started focusing on weightlifting in November. But I’ve already improved a ton since then, and I cannot wait to keep working on my lifts. Weightlifting is something that will never be perfect, but always leaves so much room for growth and progress, which is what’s so wonderful about it. The sky’s the limit when you’re constantly learning.
What did not go well?
Dating/romantical things were pretty non-existent
While I can’t say I’ve lost sleep over this, I do have to admit that my dating life was a total bust in 2014. I went on a total of 3 dates – each with a different guy, and 2 of which were more like casual hangouts. The 3rd one was something I thought would develop into a relationship, but NOPE. I admit I did not go out of my way to find/date people. With my 9-5, starting Tiff(d0t)com, and adopting Lady, I feel like I’ve had enough on my plate this year. I may get to a point in 2015 where I want to change that, but for now, I’m just going to say that dating was not my bag in 2014, but that’s a-okay. I’d rather go with the flow and see what happens.
I haven’t saved as much money as I should have
For the extra work I’ve been doing for Tiff(dot)com, I should have plenty saved up! But… I don’t. I mostly think it’s because I added owning a dog to my expenses, I’ve paid for courses to help build my skill-set for my biz, and I’m still trying to recover from my trip to Iceland. I’ve set up auto payments to my savings and credit card, and have hopes that I’ll be in a better position in a few months. I’m kind of bummed that I don’t have more saved up, but I’m not in dire straits, so I’m fortunate for that. My goal is to get to a point where I have enough saved up to create a cushion if I decide to take the leap into full-time Tiff(dot)com-ness.
Some family stuff stressed/is stressing me out
Without going into details, I’ve had some family stuff happen this year that’s been kind of stressful. Mainly stressful because it’s out of my control, but I still have to watch the impact of it. And it’s impacting my relationship with people I’m super close with. Annoyingly vague, I know. But just trust me – it has not been a highlight of my year and I hope for things to turn around right quick in 2015.
That’s it, folks!
I always try to practice gratitude, but after writing this review, I feel even more grateful than ever for the life that I lead. I hope your 2014 reflection leaves you feeling the same way, or if not, at least leads you to taking steps to feeling that way. Like I said before – share your review or 2014 highlights in the comments!
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