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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014, Ya Done Good

Today marks the last day of 2014. My how this year has flown. It really is true.. time flies when you're having fun!

This year has been full of so much love and many adventures; big and small.

January started off with Mike's birthday and surprising him with a trip to New York City! We had talked about going for the longest time and I was ready to take action! The trip was an absolute blast and we talk about going back almost every day. (we took the trip beginning of February)

In March I went on a Women's retreat with my mother-in-law and our church. The love I felt that weekend was enough to last a lifetime and has changed me still to this day. It inspires me to keep learning and leading and showing those around me who I live for.

May, June and July were wedding months for us! We traveled to Arizona in May for my best friend's wedding, traveled to Tyler, TX in June for the Mize wedding, and stayed closer to home in July for our friends Justin and Amy's wedding. Each wedding was unique in it's own way, but the love for the bride and groom at each was so alive.

{i wore heels during the wedding. i promise}

{same dress- two weddings! i call that a great bridesmaids dress}

Also in July I ran my first 5k. This was a huge deal for me at the time because I was not a "runner". I over thought everything about running, which made going the distance really hard. Since then I have become stronger and now set a 5k run as my standard when doing cardio. Thank you, July, for helping me grow!

In August, Mike and I celebrated our one year anniversary in Cabo San Lucas. I remember it feeling like yesterday that we got married! Everything was perfect and the resort was incredible even while there was a hurricane not too far from us! I am still dreaming of their Miami Vice's and Pina Coladas. 

September was a huge month for us. We had talked about paying off our student loans here and there, but never really put a solid date to it. Mike and I sat down during this month and decided that we were going to pay off our loans by the end of the year. Now transition to October. We are student loan debt free!!!! We want to scream from the roof tops at how free we feel. This took persistence, dedication and us both being on the same page. We made sure to transfer as much as we could each paycheck and eventually that added up. Our families were huge resources for us. They have been there and learned many lessons along the way, so we really leaned into them for guidance. We are (student load) debt free!!!

*September was also the month when I tried Whole30 and fell in love. This led to me eating Paleo and changing my outlook on food. HUGE month for us:)

October was wrapped up with a girls trip to NOLA! This city totally blew all the stereotypes in my mind out of the water. I was expecting total filth, crime everywhere and drunks stealing things off my person. WRONG! It was beautiful and completely full of life. Everyone was extremely nice and I never once felt threatened. My friends and I lived it up and explored as much as we could in the 4 days we were there. I can't wait for our next girls trip!

**October was for dressing up. 

November=Thanksgiving and Black Friday Domination. Mike and I loved spending 4 whole days in Sugar Land with my Mom. Normally we are there late Friday night and leave mid-day Sunday to get back before traffic hits. It was so nice to be able to relax and be with family for so long. 

December flew by way too fast. I can't believe today is the last day of 2014. This last month was full of family and friends. Just the way we like (love) it. Christmas came and went, but every single second was soaked up. We are welcoming 2015 with open arms and ready to see what new adventures we take on. 

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