2014 was a year. I practically preach to my yoga clients that it takes TWO years to recover after a pregnancy. I am still in that period and this year was hard physically. I started with enduring postpartum, low iron issues and then a lingering stress fracture in my foot that is still preventing me from running. I haven’t whined too much but it has kept me physically stagnant.
Like all things there were great things to be learned from this limitation with humility and expectations. I will say tempered expectations is a good way to reflect on the year. Tempered with gentle kindness towards myself. With that in mind here is my TOP TEN of 2014.
1. New Media Manager for Proposition 105 in Colorado. I took this job with its David and Goliath story against big chemical and manufacturing corporations and we got our a$$es handed to us at the polls (36% of the vote). I started as a volunteer but joined the core team once we were on the ballot. In the process we educated many and got a lot of people talking about our food system with respect to our place within that system. It was an all out number of months and I can reflect knowing I left it all on the proverbial playing field in my efforts in new media, speaking engagements, and contributing to the strategy. Our efforts are not over, we are evolving and as a group we will better determine our direction in a few weeks.
2. Doing Crossfit together. My husband is not about gyms but we did a foundation course together and a few workouts after that. I was not physically ready yet and pulled on my c-section surgery site so stopped knowing I would need more recovery and/or more specific coaching for my postpartum body.
3. Kayaking while out by Savannah. I took my husband as my assistant for Ignite Fitness at Fitbloggin and we spent the day before the conference started kayaking in South Carolina and having a blast in our swimsuits. We got a workout getting back to shore as the tide returned which made the burgers and beer we guzzled after that much tastier. The less than fun part was being pulled over by Georgia cops for the new Operation Thunder on the way to the hotel. Do not fret, I did not get a ticket. You just need to have your lights on in any rain according to a new state law.
4. Time with friends. I made it to L.A. a couple of times for the Ragnar Relay and then ShiftCon. Along the way I got to hang with great friends away from conferences or other obligations. I also got a trip in to NYC with my hobbled foot to hang with a girlfriend. Despite the foot we still caught Cabaret and the On The Run Tour. I also have the dear people I rely on here in Colorado. I love my friends. My tribe means the world to me.
5. 1940s Winter Ball. This was a fun event. I bought a true vintage ball gown on eBay, my man bought a beautiful tux jacket, and I had hair + makeup done at the event. We rarely put this much emphasis on looking glam and it was a magical night kissing around the museum, dancing to big bands, and feeling beautiful with my best guy as we could not take our eyes off of each other.
6. The Pixies with Suzan, Lar, and Terry. My man f*cked up big time for our anniversary and friends watched it as it happened in real time with their hands tied behind their backs. Suzan and Lar were so sweet to offer me a girls night at The Pixies to make up for it and at the last second a ticket became available for the offending schlub so we let him come along. Start the rotation of Guinness and whiskey and it was a night of dancing, makey-outeys, and laughter. Fun concert and nearby Voodoo Donuts after make for a good Denver evening.
7. Water time with family from birthday splash pad to hot springs. With the hobbled foot me and those around me spent a lot of time hanging around water. On my birthday the family headed to Pirate’s Cove water park then my hubby and I took off for a hot springs with a membership. We returned to that springs a few times after and seemed to hit every spring along our travels as well.
8. Officially becoming a Waldorf-inspired family. We have always been pretty nature-centered with a simple, non-dualistic outlook. It turns out there are education models that support our values to an extent. Our oldest started at a Waldorf-inspired school this year and it seems like a good fit for us. He is non-stop about wearing his kilt for the Ren Faire for his birthday (in more than 6 months) with his wooden sword and shield and knows a beautiful affinity for sunrises and other natural phenomena. We cannot be mad. We are still new to this education model and learning but being a few months in I am less intimidated.
9. Cooking class with Indian Food Rocks. I have been internet-friendly with Manisha for a while now with her even sending spices to me in the past. I was finally able to attend one of her cooking classes and it was a blast. My hubby and I are looking into doing another class with her in 2015. You get to cook, eat after, and have a meal with a delightful, informative woman. This class also inspired my desire for more fun learning.
10. Montana and Yellowstone vacation. I will straight up credit Mommy and Partner guilt for being eager to vacation with my family after the GMO labeling campaign. I kind of was absentee for my loved ones for a couple of months. We visited the famous thermal pools in the snow, jumped into the Boiling River at sunrise in the park, soaked at our lodge, drank much Moose Drool, ate heaps of food, and bonded during this mid-November trip. No one in my family had been to Montana besides me so it was nice to show them the Big Sky country that I love.
In truth 2014 was a little disappointing at times but at no point did I lose gratitude for the big picture of our overall health and love for each other. I went into this past year with the attitude that I would leave it all on the field with my actions and I have no regrets that I did just that. It was just that some of my actions were tempered with health or a campaign up against giants. It still is a 2014 to be proud of.