Saying Goodbye to 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015 2 0

{ The most popular post of 2015 – Breakfast Banana Bread. }

Happy 2015! J and I rang in the new year with a Chinese food feast with a big group of friends, followed by cocktails and pie and fireworks. It was a mellow evening – and a perfect way welcome 2015. It was also J’s birthday and he turned the big 3-0! (Can’!)

But before I can look ahead to the new year, let’s roundup 2014! I made the switch to food blogging in August and have loved it so much that I haven’t looked back! I love that food blogging combines two of my passions – photography and cooking.  J encouraged me to try food blogging, and his support has been amazing. This blog definitely wouldn’t be where it is today without him nudging me along, saying, “So, have you blogged that recipe yet? Have you taken photos of that dish? How’s the blog doing today?”

My most popular recipe of 2014 was my Breakfast Banana Bread – I was thrilled to finally create a banana bread that I love – it’s been a long time coming! I’ve made that banana bread countless times and even have some in my freezer right now! Other popular posts were Spiced Apple Rum Cocktail and Healthy Double Apple Oatmeal Muffins.

I always like starting a new year fresh –  I like the opportunity to leave last year behind and think about how I can make the upcoming year better, while growing to be a better person. My resolutions for 2015 are simple:

1. Choose happiness. I firmly believe that though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react, and by choosing happiness we are one step ahead. Life isn’t about pleasing everyone else, and I always need a reminder to choose what makes me happy. This year I choose to be happy, to be myself, and to be the best person I can be. Choosing happiness ties right in with resolution #2…

2. Be zen. I have a tendency to get worked up and bottle my emotions inside, which leads to anxiety and stress. I’ve often told myself that I’m good at dealing with stress because I’m outwardly calm and don’t take it out on others, but I’ve learned that bottling it up inside is worse! This year I want to cultivate zen, and combat anxiety head on. I will practice more yoga, meditation, and talk it out with J when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

3. Drink more water. At work I fill up a big water bottle every day, but I find I slack off when I’m at home. This year I’d like to drink one full glass of water as soon as I wake up every day, and continue to drink lots at night.

More great resolutions in this article – the best I’ve read on the subject this year.

Thank you for all your support in 2014! I wish you a very happy and healthy 2015.


  • Kelsey M
    January 9, 2015

    Following you over here from the BlogHer fb post.

    Big congratulations on your food blogging success since August. Looks like you’ve accomplished a lot since then! Looking forward to seeing what you create in the future!


    • thelovely
      January 9, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Kelsey! Happy New Year to you – I’ll make sure to stop by your blog as well!

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