But I can say without hesitation that 2014 was pretty phenomenal, and I am closing out December with a ton of gratitude.
In the spirit of "best of" lists, here's a look back at some of the highlights of the year.
First and foremost was starting a job in January that I absolutely love, at a company I have a lot of respect and appreciation for, with the best bosses I've ever worked with. When I was a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a professional writer but didn't think it was actually possible.
|View from the observation deck of our office building. Once my manager and I had our one-on-one here. Best meeting ever.|
|Hanging out (intentionally) inside a crevasse|
|Catching crab from a canoe off Golden Gardens|
|Hanging out with sweet nieces and nephews|
|Climbing Mount Rainier and doing a headstand on the summit with crampons on|
|Catching a swarm of bees by myself|
|Spending time with my dad in Florida|
|Day hiking 18 miles in the Enchantments|
|Volunteering with the Beacon Food Forest and watching it produce food for the community|
|Seeing dear friends get married.|
|Backpacking by myself for a week in the Cascades|
|Volunteering at City Fruit's 4th annual Cider Taste, featuring multiple ciders from 10 of Washington state's artisan cideries|
Apart from all of those things, I'm hugely grateful for good friends. For the friends who are always there to talk; who make me laugh; who remember my nut allergy; who still send me mixed CDs; who will hike with me any time of year; who give me candles homemade with their own beeswax; who are up for impromptu pasta-making and bourbon-drinking; and who have given me rides in my carless year or let me borrow their car.
In 2015, I want to be as good of a friend to those people as they have been to me. I want to keep trying new things and saying yes, even when I don't know where it will lead me. I want to play outside even more, and read even more books, though I'm not sure how that balance will shake out.
I want to be the opposite of jaded, and full of hope for things to come. Happy New Year friends!