Reflections

2014 was my best year yet. Reminiscing all of the good that came out of 2014 is such an incredible feeling. Although a little emotional saying goodbye, I know 2015 will be even better because it’ll be action packed and full of people I love! I think the year-end calls for a plethora of self reflection: What did I do that made my year so great? Who contributed to my happiness? Who didn’t? Why was I so happy? How can I keep this feeling going forever?

Having a deep understanding of what makes you tick on a personal level grounds you. It makes you take a step back and prioritize your life. If something or someone makes you happy, fill your life with them/it. If someone takes away from your best self, drop them and move on (no really….move on). If only life was that easy, right?

I am not crazy (well most of the times I am, but I have never met an awesome person who wasn’t completely crazy in their own way anyways). I know life knocks you out of the driver seat more times than not; however, if you know in your heart of hearts what makes you happy, and you follow it, you are destined for eternal greatness and everlasting happiness. It took me a little bit of time to figure that one out, but I have never been happier since realizing it, and when I say realizing it, I mean truly internalizing and living by it.

What am I most thankful for this year

Everyone I love is healthy, and for that I am eternally grateful.

As I reflect on 2014, and how special it was to me, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pictures from each month this year, and the memory behind it.

Spontaneous Bahamas Trip: Sean and I decided to kick off the New Year with a quick weekend trip to the Bahamas. We had a blast; however, I will warn you, the Bahamas gets chilly in January, and the seas are very rough.
JANUARY: CocoCay, Bahamas. Sean and I decided to take a spontaneous weekend trip to kick off the New Year. We had a blast; however, I will warn you, the Bahamas gets very chilly in January, and the seas are very rough. Not for the faint of heart, or in my case stomach. Nausea aside…Who doesn’t love the Bahamas? It was beautiful!
February: Yoga on Keewaydin Island. My best friend came to visit me for the weekend, and had the most peaceful and centered weekend. It was so nice to kick back, catch up and relax with my best friend. I have always been a gal's gal, and I love spending time with my friends.
FEBRUARY: Naples, FL. Yoga on Keewaydin Island. My best friend Ally came to visit me for the weekend in Fort Myers, and we had the most peaceful time. It was so nice to kick back, catch up, and relax with my best friend. I have always been a gal’s gal, and I love spending time with my friends, and I miss them so much every day!
March: Exploring the wonders of Lakes Regional Park Fort Myers. Sean and I met up with 2 very good friends, and went bike riding through Lakes Regional Park. We explored the flower and vegetable gardens as well as the historic trains. I am elated with happiness thinking about how we are both engaged! It is truly amazing
MARCH: Fort Myers, FL. Exploring the wonders of Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers. Sean and I met up with 2 very good friends, and went bike riding through Lakes Regional Park. We explored the flower and vegetable gardens as well as many historic trains. I am elated with happiness because we are both engaged to wonderful men, and we had no idea it was coming on that gorgeous day in February.
EARLY APRIL: April was such an amazing month for me, I had to break it into two pictures. Sean and I feel so blessed because we were able to take our dads to Australia with us all expenses paid. It was such an amazing experience
EARLY APRIL: Sydney, Australia. April was such an amazing month for me. It is impossible to choose just one picture. Sean and I still feel so blessed because we were able to take our dads to Australia all expenses paid. It was such an amazing experience to treat them for once after everything they have done for us. In this picture, we tackled the Bondi to Coogee walk in Sydney. To this day, it is still my favorite part of Sydney. Looking at this picture makes me so happy because we will soon be family. March of 2016 everyone, Stay tuned! 🙂
Late April: Sean and I went to SavuSavu, Fiji after our time in Australia, and it was amazing. Fiji is one of the most beautiful places either of us have ever been to, and we very often talk about going back. We left our hearts with the wonderful people of Fiji.
LATE APRIL: SavuSavu, Fiji. Fiji is one of the most jawdroppingly beautiful places we have ever been. From the beaches, to the palm trees, to the caves, to the snorkeling, everything about it makes you swoon over the island life. We very often talk about going back because we left a huge part of our hearts with the wonderful people of Fiji.
MAY: Girls trip to the Keys for my best friends 25th birthday! I love the Keys. I grew up going every summer, and it is such an amazing place. There is nothing better than a girls weekend in the Keys!
MAY: Key West, FL  I took a weekend trip to the Keys for my best friend’s 25th birthday. I love the Keys. I grew up going every summer, and it is such an amazing place. There is nothing better than a girls weekend in the Keys with crystal clear blue waters, sunshine, and good ole Mallory Square filled with interesting characters and Conch Fritters!
JUNE: Picnic Island in SWFL! Such a beautiful boating day with old co-workers
JUNE: Fort Myers, FL Picnic Island in SWFL! Such a beautiful boating day with co-workers. I love exploring all of the treasures of the sea. I am a true Floridian, and what I mean by that is I love spending all of my free time seaside. Nothing makes me happier than hearing the ocean crash into the sand, seashells, and sunshine.
JULY: Peanut Island, South Florida. I love Peanut Island. My family and I have gone boating here for as long as I can remember. I miss boating to paradise!
JULY: Peanut Island, South Florida. I love Peanut Island. My family and I have been boating here for as long as I can remember. I miss boating to paradise with the best family in the world.
AUGUST: The love of my life chose me, forever. August will forever be my favorite month. Like April, I could not simply choose one picture. I am humbled, elated, blessed, and ecstatic to spend forever with the most caring, handsome man I have ever laid eyes on.
AUGUST: Venice, Italy. The love of my life chose to spend forever with me. August will always be my favorite month. Like April, I could not simply choose one picture. I am humbled, elated, blessed, and ecstatic to spend forever with the most caring, handsome man I have ever laid my eyes on. Sean Michael Campbell proposed to me on 8/30/2014, the day after his 26th birthday. We traveled to 4 countries, and 8 cities in Europe during the month of August.
LATE AUGUST: My love and I in Montessrat, Spain. It was such an exhilarating feeling exploring the mountains, meeting new friends, and walking through one of the oldest monasteries in Spain
LATE AUGUST:  Montessrat, Spain. It was such an exhilarating feeling exploring the mountains outside of Barcelona with my love, meeting new friends, and walking through one of the oldest monasteries in Spain. I will never forget the day we spent trekking the mountains of Spain.
SEPTEMBER: Engagement photos in Santorini. It is no surprise Sean and I love to travel, we jumped at the opportunity to take our engagement pictures overseas.
SEPTEMBER: Santorini, Greece. It is no surprise Sean and I love to travel! When we were given the opportunity to get our engagement pictures done overseas, we jumped on it! During September, Sean and I traveled to Greece, Turkey, and Croatia.
OCTOBER: We took the biggest leap of faith, followed our dreams, and moved to California jobless!! Sometimes life is about the journey, and the road less taken. I am so glad we actually did it!!! Now, we have 2 amazing jobs, and life couldn't be better. Follow your heart, dreamers! It never fails you.
OCTOBER: San Diego, CA. We took the biggest leap of faith, followed our dreams, and moved to California jobless!! Sometimes life is about the journey, and the road less taken. I am so glad we actually did it!!! Now, we have 2 amazing jobs, and life couldn’t be better. Follow your heart, dreamers! It never fails you.
NOVEMBER: My best friends surprised me in my sunny new home of San Diego! I have never been more surprised seeing them run up to me. It was such an amazing feeling, and I feel lucky to have them in my life.
NOVEMBER:  Seaport Village. My best friends surprised me in my sunny new home of San Diego! I have never been more surprised seeing them run up to me. It was such an amazing feeling, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life.
DECEMBER: Sunset Cliffs, my favorite place in San Diego. Something about this breathtakingly beautiful spot centers me. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the cliff. I love the way the sun sinks so beautifully into the water. I love all of the jagged edges that transform into the most beautiful cliffs that only God could form. I love this place.
DECEMBER: Sunset Cliffs, my favorite place in San Diego. Something about this breathtakingly beautiful spot centers me. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs. I love the way the sun sinks so beautifully into the ocean. I love all of the jagged edges that transform into the most beautiful cliffs that only God could form. I love this place.

Thank you for allowing me to reflect on my year, thank you for supporting my blog, and thank you for being the best readers I have ever had the pleasure to connect with. It means so much to me that you took time out of your day to read my thoughts and words of wisdom. I hope I have inspired you to look back on 2014 with loving eyes, and duplicate it in 2015. We cannot predict the future, but we can take accountability for our actions, the situations we put ourselves into, and the people we allow into our lives.

XO, Christina

TLB

 

 

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