2014 is a year that will stand out. It started with highs and ended in lows.
This blog had a great year! I posted 109 times, with most of my posting being in April (my haikus!). My most viewed post of 2014 was a post from last year, the Jedi Code Absolutes, but the most viewed post written in 2014 was actually not mine at all – but Megan‘s Facts in Fiction: Conspiracy Theories for Star Wars. LOVE IT! Yay, Megan! Thanks for writing that great guest post! 🙂 My most commented on post of this year was actually April 10th’s haiku post where we had a friendly discussion about Count Dooku and clones. Over 2014, Mei-Mei commented the most, followed closely by L. Palmer (we miss you!). 2014 also saw a year where I was able, for the first time ever, ask for guest bloggers when I went to Australia and it actually happened! Megan and Null posted, with Icarus’ post ending up coming a little later. I hope to continue this great streak in 2015, but I’ll be hard pressed, especially as I continue to work on my business.
Now here we are…time for the reflection that is always so important when a new year comes around.
The Highs of 2014
- My business is doing great! I have 3 clients and 2 that I’m hoping will sign onto a contract by end of January (knock on wood). It’s been exhausting working on it every. single. day. But you know what? I hope it’ll be worth it and I think it will. I’m often too hard on myself and don’t see all the little achievements that I have brought about. But honestly, I have done SO well and every day is a learning process but I think it’s going to be fine.
- I traveled. I traveled a lot for me! Miami in April, Bahamas in May and Australia in July. Next year I already have
travel lined up for Arizona in February for a friend’s wedding, Miami in April again, and hopefully Anaheim for the Star Wars Celebration!
- We got the Episode VII cast, title and our first trailer! It’s just been adding to the suspense but even though I feel like we know more, I still feel like I know the same amount as I did in the end of 2013.
- I’ve learned more this past year than I have in a while. This year has been the most challenging for me in terms of mind (my business), body (a fitness challenge I did during the summer), and soul (emotionally up and down). I’ve learned what I’m made of and what I can become when I push myself. I feel like before 2014, I was coasting. I challenged myself, but only just enough so that I could give a little spurt of effort and then lay back and coast for a while. This past year, there was not a lot of coasting.
The Lows of 2014
- I’ve debated putting this on here, but it wouldn’t be truthful without it. I unfortunately miscarried in November. When I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified and felt like I wasn’t ready. I look back on that with regret and wish I had appreciated it. I hope that none of you ever have to go through a miscarriage because the emotional roller coaster it puts you through…I’m still suffering from it. I’m a lot better, really I am, but November and most of December was full of crying, anger, guilt, and fear. I’m still scared and unsure if I want to try again because of the constant fear I know I will feel if I do get pregnant. But if there’s one thing I have learned from Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (but mostly LOTR) is that there is always hope. So who knows? When I feel ready to try again, maybe this time it’ll all be okay.
- We put Chewie to sleep on December 6th. (Yeah, end of the year sucked) We found out in February that she had a
disease which marked her much older than the 4 years we all thought she was, including our vet. Turns out she was a senior dog, probably over 9 years old. We watched her slowly deteriorate from February to the point where she could not go up and down the stairs without falling, peeing in the house a lot, not eating, and her stomach ballooned with either a kidney problem or a tumor. Testing would be thousands of dollars, which we were unwilling to do, so we ended up making the decision to put her to sleep. We only had her for a little over a year and a half, but we know that she lived a really good life for the end of it and that’s the most we can hope for. We will get another dog soon, but will another dog ever come to us from the shelter with a Star Wars name? It made her so special.
- I stopped doing the Big Sister program. This is not really a low low, but I had a lot of hopes for the program and the relationship I would develop with the girl. Unfortunately, we were not matched well and something that should have been fun, instead turned into an ordeal. I dreaded meeting with her on the weekends and came to the decision to end visiting with her. She never showed her appreciation and our likes were so dissimilar that it was hard to find things to do. I still believe in the program, but after I miscarried, I began reevaluating a lot in my life and to let go of things that were putting a strain on me and this was the first to go. So it’s a low because I was really excited about it, but it ended up being disappointing.
- I didn’t go to any conventions this year. Okay, not a huge deal but it was still slightly disappointing since I went to four last year, including the big NYCC. I would have liked to go to one but either 1) I didn’t have the time or 2) there were no panels that interested me. Hopefully I can make it to Star Wars Celebration in April! 🙂
So there you have it. My year in a nutshell. Exhale breath. Let’s hope 2015 gives me a year where I slow down, focus more on myself and my business….AND READ MORE BOOKS!
Okay, this is my favorite part, really. I love looking back on my year and seeing what I read. HERE WE GO.
Well guys, I just spent 30 minutes going into all the books I read, hit something funny on my laptop and it all disappeared. Thankfully this much was saved of my post (really, WP, you need to learn how to autosave every few seconds like word documents and gmail do). So if you really want to see what I read, you can go to my Goodreads. I’m not writing all of it again.
In a nutshell: I read 26 books (that’a a lot for me and I think it’s due to all the traveling I did) and 8782 pages. The best book I read was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I didn’t expect to like it, but instead loved every moment of this gaming novel. A novel about gamers who are trying to solve a master video game, it was also a love letter to the 70s and 80s, chock full of geeky references. The worst novel I read, but didn’t finish, was The Shadow Reader. It was Urban Fantasy and a stupid love story where I got so frustrated with it that I just stopped reading.
So there we go. 2014, it’s been…a ride. Good, bad, and everything in between. What books blew your mind this year? How was 2014 for you? What are your resolutions, hopes, and dreams for 2015?
Oh and guess what – WE’RE SEEING THE FORCE AWAKENS THIS YEAR!! Here’s to that.