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2014 - A Year In Review

A belated post wrapping up the year that was 2014. I mentioned it a little previously that 2014 started well but July to Dec was a pretty challenging time for me and my family all round. From work pressure and family grief by the time 31 Dec rolled around I was more than happy to say goodbye. On reflection there were some happy points but the last 6 months have been one big stress. I learned a lot about myself, my colleagues, my family and my friends along the way. I learnt to listen to my inner voice and trust myself. 

I also learnt that your true friends will be there for you through these times and that some people have their own agenda and will step on anyone in their way. That was a hard lesson for me to learn as I trust people and believe in their good nature all the time. I am by no means "pollyanna" about things but I do believe that people are inherently good and not evil. This last year has shown me evil side of human nature. A side of some people I never thought existed. I discovered there were people out there who were happy to throw me under the bus to save themselves. While this was painful and confusing it was a good lesson to learn. I still trust people and am the same open and honest person I have always been but I do have my eyes open and am trying to use a sense of caution when my inner voice is telling me there is something not right.

So in more ways than one this year is a about moving on. Before I do, I always feel the need to reflect on what has been. The good, the bad and the wonderful. So below is a highlights reel of 2014. The good parts I want to remember and share. I will not allow the bad to take over or take any more of my energy.  I hope you are able to feel the same cathartic sense of letting go as I have done. As we move further into the new year the old one falls from my mind.

January
Burgers from Hello Sam

Baking - Apple Tea Cakes


Picnics - Always the Queen of Over Catering

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

February
Sunset

Baking - Oat Bran and Apple Muffins

Valentine's Day Traditions - Pizza on the Beach


March
Dry Lake, Learmonth

Amazing Sunset

Lakes Entrance


April

Birthday Dinner with Friends

Easter Egg Hunts

Open Spaces in Country Victoria


May
Raising Funds for Charity

Happy Birthday to My Man


June
WELCOME TO THE USA

Cleveland Indians

Baseball Trip of a Lifetime


July

Baking - Smoked Salmon Scrolls

Baking - Beef & Gravy Pies with Cheesy Crust

Storm Clouds Gathering

Tobogganing in the Snow


August
Comfort Food

Watching the Fog Roll In


September
Celebrating the End 

Baking - Choc Chip Biscuits

Relaxing in the Spring Sunshine


October
Baking for New Beginnings - Blood Orange Syrup Cake


November
Homemade Icecream

Sunsets - My favourite Time to be on the Balcony


December
Xmas Hampers for Family full of Homemade Goodies

Baking - Fruit Mince Pies

Goodbye 2014 - Fireworks from the Balcony

Phew, a look back at the year that was. I notice lot of baking which pleases me to see. I have always enjoyed being creative and baking and cooking is the space that feels the most comfortable for me. I am looking forward to more of this.

I hope your year was fabulous and that like me, with distance you can appreciate all the good times.

Xxx


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