2014…It Changed Me

peace and leopard print

The end of the year. It makes sense to pause and reflect, to look back before moving forward.

This year I decided to have a little blog celebration about how 2014 changed me, with a look back at a post from each month that I thought was prevalent in my life.

When I first started this blog, like so many of you out there, I had no idea what I was going to write about. All I knew was that I needed to write about what moved me.

Somehow this blog became a very personal look into my life. Something I never expected to happen.

We all have different opinions about privacy, especially in this age of technology that we live in. Many bloggers are anonymous, with an alias and a pretty tree or wild animal as their profile pic.

Initially I considered the covert route.

But, I thought…put yourself out there. Show your face, the power of your words, be absolutely real, and connect with people.

Celebrate your mistakes, laugh about how truly bad you are at math, and admit that most of the time you feel like you’re simply lost.

Just like everybody else.

Along the way I met some incredible people who I have learned from, who have been there for me like family. I feel privileged to know so many of you, to share pieces of our lives with each other.

I want to thank you all for your support. You keep me writing.

THE FORK IN THE ROAD

It’s not about limitations. It’s also not about going for something and failing. Creativity is a beautiful gift, one which should be handled with great care. That’s what it’s about.

Photo by Adrian Palomo

Photo by Adrian Palomo

WE SURPASS THE TOUGH

This time I thought…show her how much you love her, do everything you possibly can to give her strength. That was all I could do. So I gave it my all.

hugging

WHEN I AM ME, I AM FREE

But, I am me

Weathered, chipped, and a little faded

Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)

Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)

THE ACCIDENTAL SPIRIT QUEST

The idea that life is a journey and not a destination has been spouted off by many people, from Henry David Thoreau to Aerosmith. When they thought up that brilliance, I bet they were hauling all of their shit across the country with pets.

Wyoming

Wyoming

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM ON A STREETCAR

Usually everyone tunes out on the streetcar, listening to music, fiddling with their smartphones, or sitting with their arms crossed and staring out the window. That night everyone tuned in.

Streetcar Mobile Musicfest Portland

SOMETIMES WE CRASH

No matter what happens—an accident, a disaster, a crash—we are there for one another. The beauty of the human heart will always come through.

Band-Aid

THAT UNMISTAKABLE AMERICAN COMFORT

I hope this book will honor the female players in the smallest way that I am capable of. For they were brave women who forever deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

baseball tickets 1954

WILLIAMS BACALL IYENGAR

Robin…thank you for your amusement, your intelligence, your cool.

Lauren…thank you for your loveliness, your emotion, your grace.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.)…thank you for your influence, your spirit, your love.

cheers geniuses

A HAIRCUT AND A HIATUS

That hair’s been attached to us for years—through good times and bad, through boredom, through adventure, through love, and through sadness.

long hair chopped off

THE TOTEM POLE QUEST

I was coming to the end of my quest. I was beaming with pride, eager to see the elusive totem pole I had chased for two months. Then, I did something so typically Britt…I botched it.

totem pole fail

VIDEO: THE LIFE ENTHUSIAST CHRONICLES ANNIVERSARY

A loving thank you to the 11 wonderful people who contributed their beautiful words to the series this past year.

life enthusiast

SENSORY DEPRIVATION

I took myself to a place we adults don’t like to visit. Vulnerable territory, where our only duties are to be naked, quiet, and still.

flotation tank

***HAPPY NEW YEAR, wonderful friends! Let’s bring nothing but awesomeness into 2015.***

39 thoughts on “2014…It Changed Me

  1. Eli Pacheco says:

    What a journey. I got to see images and portions of your year, and just even in the time I’ve known you, I’ve seen such changes. I see even more beauty, of many kinds, and it’s amazing, because my first exposure to you seemed like you were beautiful as could be.

    Look forward to what 2015 brings.

  2. Sheila says:

    I’m glad we’ve gotten to know each other in this crazy way. I remember last year around this time you resolved to love more in the new year and you’ve definitely kept that resolution. Wishing more love and laughter for you in the new year!

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      It is crazy, right? I had no idea I’d meet so many incredible peeps…like you. Yes, I did say that, didn’t I? During the craziness, that was the one thing I kept turning to. Love kept me sane.

      Wishing you a beautifully creative year, honey! (More blogging, please.)

  3. lillianccc says:

    I’m late to the party and have only been marginally, sporadically engaged but I wanted to chime in anyway because a) this is such a great way to wrap up a blogging year, b) I’d like to get to know you better, and c) I just really liked this post. 🙂 Having blogged for over three years now, I’ve definitely slowed down in both motivation and content for my blog but I hope to slowly pick it back up in the new year. Here’s to a bigger and better 2015!

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Haha, yes! I put you in my email notifications earlier this month, so I can keep up with you better. I really enjoy your spirited blog and can’t wait to see what you have for us in the coming year. Happy New Year, sweetie!

  4. Roy McCarthy says:

    Britt you certainly put all of yourself into your blog. There’s commitment in each post and a determination to make it good. I’ll be looking out eagerly for much more of the same in 2015.

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Thanks, Kath! I debated about doing one of these wrap-ups, then I remembered the year that transpired and I thought it was a fine idea. I love reading about your beautiful adventures as well. Happy 2015!

  5. Karin Van den Bergh says:

    Britt, I’m so happy I came across your blog this year and enjoyed reading your life’s journey. You’re a beautiful soul and your blog is such a delightful inspiration. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the reading/writing but I’m definitely looking forward to sharing this year with you again and getting to know you even more. To another year of adventure, creativity, writing and all pleasures great and small xxx 🙂

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Such a sweet thing to say, doll…thank you! You’re a beautiful soul as well and I always look forward to the unique perspective you share on your blog. It’s hard for me to keep up with everything as well, but we do our best.

      2015 is gonna rock! I can feel it. 🙂

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