As eager as I am for all that 2015 has in store (you know, the whole “new year, new me” outlook), I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I’m a bit bummed to see 2014 go. It was a year of so many fun places and meeting new faces. It was a year of a lot of firsts and even some lasts. It was a year of working hard and figuring out where we want to be in our careers. And it was, without a doubt, the best year of my life.
Places: We racked up a few frequent flyer miles in ’14, including visits to Washington, D.C., Dallas, Chicago, New York City (x3), New Jersey (x2), North Carolina, Orlando, Tallahassee, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Cancun. (I think the final tally was 38 flights, including connections!)
Jobs: At this time last year, Jared was working in agricultural GIS at Heartland Co-op and I was at Hanser & Associates PR firm. While we both really valued all the personal and professional experience we gained, we did a bit of a switcheroo: Jared started working at Synder & Associates planning and engineering firm in July (so he took over the “& Associates” thing) and I joined the ag biz as Communications Program Coordinator for the Iowa Soybean Association in December. Both were great decisions and we look forward to a busy year ahead.
And, the biggies: We got married. To say it was the “best day ever” is just about the understatement of the century. In actuality, it was the best decision ever; because as fun as it was to play dress up and dance with all of our favorite people, what we were most excited about were all the exciting days ahead, including…
Buying our first home!! Oy vey, what an emotional roller coaster that was. We toured about six or seven homes and rationalized our “must-haves” against our wants, and compared that checklist to the almighty budget. We found a home that fit the bill, our offer was accepted and we were on track to close within a month.
It started off almost too-good-to-be-true, but alas, all good things must come to an end (or pause, in our case). The appraisers couldn’t find a “comparable” home (to which I thought: of course nothing compares to how awesome our future house is!), but apparently, what that really meant was that our four-level split home is very unique and there were not many in the area like it, let alone one that had recently sold, which could then mean a tough time for us selling down the road.
One thing you should know is that I’m a firm believer that if it’s meant to be, it will be…Jared and I getting back together after a break, not getting those “dream” interviews only to find the jobs we now love, finding a piece of candy in my pocket when I’m hungry (hey, a girl’s got to eat!). And, as such, the house was meant to be. Everything worked itself out and, with the help of our wonderful families, we moved in on December 1 and love the place more now than the day we got our keys.
So now that we’re one month into our home, and two days into 2015, we can happily close the chapter on our favorite year and look forward to all the new memories and experiences the next 363 days have in store.