We have finally arrived at 2015. 25 years ago Marty McFly took a journey to the future and found a world dominated by talking trashcans, flying cars, and hoverboards. The actual world of 2015 today doesn’t quite look like what we were promised by Doc Brown in Back to the Future Part II, but it is still shaping up to be a wonderful year. As Jes and I were driving back from Virginia just after Christmas a few weeks ago, we decided to pull up this post and see just how well we had done in 2014. For a quick refresher, the “theme” of last years resolution was learning new things, so let’s take a look at each item.

  1. Become a better photographer. At this time last year I had just started using full manual mode for about a week. Today not only am I permanently on full manual mode, Jes is too. We having taken a liking to photography, the both of us, and continue to use it as a side hobby. This one was definitely accomplished.
  2. Improving our wardrobe. Let’s be honest, I was the one that really needed help here, and in early 2014 Jes and I went on a small shopping binge that completely altered my wardrobe. While we didn’t keep that shopping pace up all year, it gave us both a base to work off of and gradually add to throughout the year. I am now at a point where I am more comfortable in a button up shirt than I am in a t-shirt or Polo. Not only that, I have a good idea of how everything can work together to get the specific look I am going for. This one is another success.
  3. Living more in the moment. I think I did an okay job of this, but I am not taking all of the “blame” here. The AirWatch acquisition, which seems like forever ago, forced us to look at our future long term. I think we did a reasonable job of trying to live for today, but that really did get put on hold for almost the entire year. Once the new house is done, this will become a primary focus again.
  4. Healthy living. Another definite victory here. We have done an amazing job of mastering what we eat on a day to day basis, and while we didn’t run the Bourbon Chase, we did complete our first half marathon on Thanksgiving day. 

So to recap 2014, we set out to learn and that is exactly what we accomplished. It didn’t always take the form that we expected it to, but that is the beauty of life sometimes. The best part about all of it is that I never felt like I was pressuring to keep on those goals. If you set goals that are truly in line with what you want out of life, they tend to take care of themselves. As we move away from 2014 and into 2015, I know that life has a way of throwing a wrench in the plans, but that doesn’t always mean its for the worse.

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