2014: The year that…

so much happened.

I don’t know where to begin processing the year that’s drawing to a close right now. I know, a list. Yes. Lists are good. Lists are a good place to begin.

Here’s what happened.

2014 was the year that…

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions.

I moved to Manchester (after ten incredible years in the Yorkshire Pennines.)

I started writing for Autostraddle (my favourite website in the world bar none.)

Em and I had a civil partnership (a paper exercise that turned out to be incredibly beautiful.)

…and started looking for sperm donors (harder than you might think.)

I adopted a dog (after saying for years that I couldn’t handle the responsibility.)

I painted my little boat (and I count this among my great life achievements.)

I made my first infographic! (Not counted in the great life achievements but still awesome IMHO.)

I reassessed my web design business so I can be *really really picky* about my clients

I started learning astrology (thanks to Tabby!)

I opened a tarot shop (which was absolutely not part of the plan.)

I put my boat up for sale and then after showing a bunch of people round realised the time was completely wrong and turned down a bunch of offers. And now she’s for sale again!

I turned 32 (which was splendid)

I built a social network for tarot lovers. (Really!!) It will launch in early 2015.

I started the year feeling pretty damn shit, but worked my way forwards to a summer of joy.

I realised for the first time that I’m a writer. (Duh.)

I put in a funding application for a super-exciting tarot project.

And best of all…

We started talking. You and I. Everyone who comments on this blog or signs up for emails or emails back. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!

That’s quite a long list.

It’s just…2014 has been awesome.

Not for everyone, I know. And not for society, not for communities of colour, not for trans people, not for anyone who cares about social justice.

But writing in a completely personal capacity, about my own little goals – this has been a good, good year. I feel proud, and I feel excited. There is so much fun stuff to do in 2015. (But first, a party.)

Now, let’s hear from you.

What have been the greatest achievements of your 2014? What are you most proud of? Let’s all big you up in the comments!

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5 comments

  1. SatMiter says:

    I made the following resolutions:
    – learn handstand (not even close, stopped training propably in Feb)
    – learn mayurasana (as above)
    – go for a walk every day (don’t think I stuck to it for a week)

    Then the things that actually did happen:
    – turned 32, as well!
    – took a wind-boarding course
    – went to my first morning-sadhana
    – after waiting for my husband to agree to a trip I’ve wanted to take all this time we’ve been together, stopped waiting for his okay and booked the trip just today.

    I wish you the best of luck with your baby plans! And the best of luck for the year 2015!

    • Beth says:

      Thank you! Congratulations for booking your trip – sounds really exciting! As for handstands… there’s still time, don’t give up 😀

  2. Rebecca says:

    I feel so empowered at the end of 2014. I moved out of a toxic living situation into a beautiful apartment. I survived a massive upheaval at work and came out of it stronger, with new allies and mentors, and new opportunities to show my true capabilities. I started to get a handle on my queer identity and asked out my current girlfriend. I got my depression under control. For the first time in a long time, I feel totally confident in myself.

    It sounds as though you made some great advancements in 2014 – may 2015 bring great things for you!

  3. chloetarot says:

    Well, I moved house and had a baby. Not sure those are things to be proud of, as such, but they surely made it a busy, mad year 🙂 I’ve already started planning for things in 2015, doing lots of prep, so maybe that counts, even if the actual fruit won’t come til 2015…

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