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.
Burgers from Hello Sam
Baking - Apple Tea Cakes
Picnics - Always the Queen of Over Catering
The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Baking - Oat Bran and Apple Muffins
Valentine's Day Traditions - Pizza on the Beach
Dry Lake, Learmonth
Birthday Dinner with Friends
Easter Egg Hunts
Open Spaces in Country Victoria
Raising Funds for Charity
Happy Birthday to My Man
WELCOME TO THE USA
Baseball Trip of a Lifetime
Baking - Smoked Salmon Scrolls
Baking - Beef & Gravy Pies with Cheesy Crust
Storm Clouds Gathering
Tobogganing in the Snow
Watching the Fog Roll In
Celebrating the End
Baking - Choc Chip Biscuits
Relaxing in the Spring Sunshine
Baking for New Beginnings - Blood Orange Syrup Cake
Sunsets - My favourite Time to be on the Balcony
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.