2014: A Year in Review

Can you believe it’s 2015?! Last year just FLEW by, but when I go back and review all the posts from 2014, it really is amazing how much happened. Thanks to all of you who have stuck around and continue to offer your advice and words of encouragement – I love you all!

I’ll create a to-do list for 2015 tomorrow, but first let’s take a look back of some of the best posts of 2014:

DSC00473Most popular post: A step-by-step look at how to turn an IKEA Ribba frame into a bar tray garnered the most clicks this year – and it was even picked up by IKEA Hackers!

Most commented on post: Remember when y’all helped me pick out a new living room rug? Great job, by the way.

DSC01014Best before/after: I’m so happy I finally bit the bullet and gave my living room a navy accent wall like the ones I’d been admiring on Pinterest forever. Will I regret it when I move out and have to paint it back white? Only time will tell…

Still on my wish list: This may just be the year that I tackle my first upholstery project, so I better pick up “Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design” to prepare.

11Best trip: Sometimes the best trips are the ones that are last minute and random and cheap – that happened to be Kansas City for me this year.

Best purchase: I know this is a home design blog, but this Kipling tote has been a godsend this past year. The blogging fashionistas of the world certainly don’t have anything to worry about, but I know a good bag when I see one.

friendsgivingBest party: I finally pulled off a Friendsgiving this year! The place looked great, and I hope it’ll mark the begin of many dinner parties to come. I love hosting.

Greatest accomplishment: I trained and ran a friggin’ marathon. 26.2 miles. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever say that. Hell, I could barely run the 5 miles during soccer two-a-days in high school! It felt amazing.

DSC00683Best recipe: I just made this Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix for a New Year’s Eve party… so, so good – and ridiculously easy!

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To A New Year!

I hope everyone had a fun—and safe!—New Year’s Eve. I have to say that 2014 feels an awful lot like 2013 so far… But a new year is always a good excuse to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what you hope to accomplish. I tackled damn near everything on my Home Improvement List 2013 (The straggler is the laundry area, which is a fairly cheap and easy fix. I’m on it!), and the apartment is in great shape. So this year, I’m thinking bigger.

cs_4068_cardresImprove the photography on Urban Nesting. It’s really kind of sad what little effort I put into the images for the blog. I have a photography minor for goodness sake. And not to toot my own horn, but I was good! But anyway, I’ve already been saving up to buy a new camera.

Run another half marathon, and follow a training regimen this time. I ran my first half in March, but right before the race I went on a week-long vacation so… that kind of threw off my running schedule, which I had essentially made up to begin with. I might just be crazy enough to try a full this year. Maybe.

Really make a commitment to healthy eating. I do great at lunch and generally breakfast, but dinner… that’s the wild card. The key is planning because I refuse to go to a grocery on Sundays or Mondays. Waaaaay too crowded. But I’m not going health-food ninja: I can have cheat meals. Otherwise, I’ll be cranky.

Travel more. I have this awesome new job that provides a decent amount of vacation time, and I intend to use it to its fullest. Non-negotiables: Portland, Washington D.C. Wish list: Puerto Rico, Istanbul. Dream trip: New Zealand.

Meet with a realtor. That’s it. No commitments. I need to basically interview a realtor to figure out if I want to buy a place. Besides I want to move when my lease is up in August anyway, only because my apartment is too small for two people and a cat. Otherwise, I would never move! #apartmentlove

Get the storage area under control. This has really become a problem since Julio moved in. Plus, now the grill is inside for the winter. I need to get some shelving or something… And/or get rid of some stuff. We’ll see.

So, what’s on your list?

(Image: Cardstore)