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2014: Year In Review

I have absolutely NO idea where this entire year went-it just flew by. I guess I'm getting old!

This year was a bit of a roller coaster ride for me-full of lots of ups (travel! getting my license!)  and downs (back surgery, more back surgery, hit & run).

January started the year off with back surgery, which was one of the most god-awful experiences of my life. More depressing is it wasn't successful, and I'm in worse shape (pain wise) than I was before. It's so easy to get depressed if I think about it too long, which I'm guilty of doing from time to time. But pain be damned-I still do my best to keep up with my crazy friends, and sometimes I can and sometimes I can't.

February was a big milestone from me-I turned the big 3-0. I was totally dreading it-I really thought that I'd have my shit together by this point in my life. These two car accidents completely changed everything. But the blow was softened by a surprise 30th birthday party, which was absolutely amazing. It was Scotland themed, and it was perfect.



February also was my first ever Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits the NJ Special Olympics. We had a great time raising money for such an amazing cause, and we'll be back at it again in 2015! We also accomplished a goal by doing it-we made it onto the news LOL!




I had a super busy February in case you couldn't tell-I was able to knock another item off of the bucket list through our epic road trip up to Quebec, Canada to stay at the Hotel de Glace Ice Hotel. We also squeezed in dog sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Not bad for only three days (counting the drive time from NJ!). 



 


March was a major milestone-I finally took the plunge and started my blog! It's something that I've wanted to do for a really long time, so I'm glad that I took the plunge. I'm SO proud of it, and I can't wait to keep expanding :)

May brought more travel, in the form of a much needed island getaway to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Before this, I had never been on a vacation where I did absolutely nothing, and I loved every single minute of it. So much that I already have another trip booked for May 2015. Laying on a beach with a drink in your hand is the solution for ALL of life's problems.






May was also my twelve year anniversary with my husband (yes, I married my high school sweetheart). I haven't killed him yet, so I'd call that an accomplishment worth celebrating.





September was the start of my Drinking Our Way Through The Garden State series about NJ Wineries-where we are literally drinking our way through the state in a bid to win an an all expense paid winery trip to Europe in 2015. As of now, we're a little more than half way done, and it's one of the best experiences. We've met some great people, drank LOTS of great wine, and got a good education along with it. And let me tell you-NJ can give Napa a run for it's money.






September was also another major milestone-after several years of school and internships, I finally finished my apprenticeship and received my Mortuary Science Practitioner license.I have no words to express how excited I am to finally be done and licensed, and have a job that I LOVE-especially one that allows me to keep up my travels and antics.

October kept us busy too! We took part in the NJ Lighthouse Challenge. It brought us down one side of NJ and back up the other, and gave us the opportunity to visit places that we never knew existed.






We also took part in the Gray Matters Zombie Walk, where we attempted (and failed) to break a Guinness World Record. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't cooperating that day, and a lot of people must have decided to skip it (not that it was empty by any means!). This walk also benefited a charity, but it was really just an excuse to dress up and do zombie make-up.







November was my final trip of the year-I took my nine year old niece to Walt Disney World for her first time, and it was a total blast. I dragged her around for five solid days, and she took it like a champ. Front row of everything, hands up like a boss. It was full of proud aunt moments-I'll have her skydiving in no time.







We decided to end December on a high note with a Christmas trip to NYC, jam packed with a full itinerary which you can read all about HERE.




I wasn't kidding when I said this year was full of ups and downs! While life may suck at times, I do realize that I'm very fortunate to be able to live the life that I do, and travel and experience as much as I do. 

2015 is shaping up to be another crazy year! Punta Cana is confirmed for May, along with a possible trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu, which is high on my bucket list and something that I've wanted to do and see for a very long time. We'll also be finishing up the NJ Winery Challenge, and have the 2015 Polar Plunge lined up also.

Thank you everyone for following along with my crazy life. Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays, and a Happy & Healthy New Years.

xxx

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