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. 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 🙂

    1. 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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