Farewell, 2014!

Farewell 2014

Most Popular Posts from 2014

Books: Series to Read While Waiting for GRRM’s Next BookJane Austen SubcultureBig Blogiversary Book Giveaway
Recipes: Monkey BreadPurple Velvet CakeWhite Wine Marinara Tortellini
Other: My Reverse Bucket List10 Lessons Learned from FreelancingThe Story Behind the Paper10 Ways to Make Life Easier for Others5 Online Tools That Make My Life Easier

Accomplishments & Exciting Things

  • Got engaged!! And saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.
  • Branched out with my shop and did some in-person craft shows.
  • Donated to over 15 charities and causes, from part of my shop proceeds and just on my own.
  • Read over 100 new-to-me books.
  • Re-did the front flower beds and back porch pots, and have managed to keep all of the new plants alive so far.
  • Painted the master bedroom, master bathroom, and loft new colors.
  • Redesigned my freelance site & relaunched the freelance blog.
  • Started a newsletter for my shops.
  • Joined a book club and met a new group of fabulous ladies because of it.

Learning Experiences

  • While I’m glad I did the craft shows for the new experience, none of them ended up being a good investment of time or money for me.
  • I did not finish my TBR Pile challenge. In fact, not a single one of the books I picked for it got finished. Guess there’s a reason they’ve languished on the shelf so long; I’m not motivated to read those instead of newer things that catch my fancy.
  • While I did much better saving money and paying off debt this year than last year, I’m still not where I want to be on either front.
  • Similarly, while I did better exercising regularly this year, it still wasn’t to the level I aim for. Since I’ll need to fit into a wedding dress nicely sometime this next year, that goal is getting a kick in the pants to get moving!
  • The Dragonflight Digital shop got put on the back burner with all of the craft show craziness. Hoping to re-energize my efforts there for 2015.

Overall, it’s been a year of growth and pushing myself in new directions and just… striving towards change and betterment. With myself, my blog, and my various businesses. Here’s hoping 2015 continues in the same vein. 🙂

Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone!

What’s your favorite memory from this past year? What do you hope for in 2015?
 

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Anjolee Jewelry

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2013 in Review

As 2013 winds to a close, I thought it fitting to do a review of things that have happened on this here blog over the past year and see what’s what. Like last year, some of the selections for the most popular posts were a bit surprising. And some of the ones I’d really liked from earlier in the year I had forgotten about, so it was nice to revisit everything. 😀 Most Popular Posts of 2013 based on page views Recipes: BBQ Pulled Pork (this one really exploded on Pinterest), Creamy Brown Sugar Dip, and Chicken Sausage with Harvest […]

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2012 in Review

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Book Review: Tigana

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July Book Club Review

Earlier this month, I stumbled upon The Book Club run by MK, Kaylee, and Aubrey. Each month the members vote on a book to read, read the book, and then post up a review about it on the last Friday of the month. I thought this sounded like a fun idea, so I joined up. This month’s book was: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han I was on the wait-list at the library for this right up until yesterday. Luckily, it’s a fairly short and quick read. Unfortunately, it’s not one I would recommend. It follows the narrator, […]

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Book Review: The Summer Country

The Summer Country By James A. Hetley This was yet another random pick from the New Fiction section at the library. Generally I love a good modern-day crosses paths with Irish Fae-lands story, but in this case I did not. The main female character was an idiot, all the other characters were flat and unconvincing, and the ‘love’ story had no depth or believability. And while I don’t need my fantasy to be clean and prim, not by a longshot, this was unnecessarily brutal in parts, in ways that didn’t serve the story. I kept reading because I hoped the […]

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