A Year in Review Through the Eyes of a Runner.

I would probably have to say 2014 has been my most exciting, independent, and adventuresome year yet!

It has been a refreshing change of pace from 2013 which was the most challenging year!

Some of my greatest memories were made this year, some of the most daring moments, and moments of un-explicable joy.

This year my verse was “She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25.

Beginning my year, I thought it would prove to be another challenging year, and granted every year has it’s challenges but his year was mostly magical let’s show you why!

Time for what is becoming my traditional Year in Review through pictures!

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Some of my best friends and I worshipped in the New Years at Radiate conference in DC! (Same thing I am doing to ring in 2015!)

Jan and I started off the year by taking the bus down to see Jessica at the University of Tennessee!

Jan and I started off the year by taking the bus down to see Jessica at the University of Tennessee!

Brendan got to take me with him as he got to tour backstage on Broadway after an amazing show of Pippin!

Brendan got to take me with him as he got to tour backstage on Broadway after an amazing show of Pippin!

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Brendan got to come to Philly for college auditions in February and hang out with me and the roomies!!

I jumped into a freezing lake that had 5 inches of ice chainsawed off it that morning for a great cause! The Virginia Polar Dip

I jumped into a freezing lake that had 5 inches of ice chainsawed off it that morning for a great cause! The Virginia Polar Dip

I went skiing for the first time ever with the dear Arianna!!

I went skiing for the first time ever with the dear Arianna!!

I got to go home to see Brendan play Pippin in Pippin!!!

I got to go home to see Brendan play Pippin in Pippin!!!

I celebrated joining the second decade birthday ranks with some amazing friends!

I celebrated joining the second decade birthday ranks with some amazing friends!

I celebrated joining the second decade birthday ranks!

I celebrated joining the second decade birthday ranks!

Catalina and I went to SC to celebrate spring break!!

Catalina and I went to SC to celebrate spring break!!

I got my Half PR at the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon in SC!!!

I got my Half PR at the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon in SC!!!

Even though I did yoga in 2014, I am still very unflexible...

Even though I did yoga in 2014, I am still very unflexible…

I went to the Grand Canyon (and hiked a lot in Arizona!)

I went to the Grand Canyon (and hiked a lot in Arizona!)

I watched super fast future Olympians at the Penn Relays

I watched super fast future Olympians at the Penn Relays

I explored more of Philly! My first trip to Magic Gardens!

I explored more of Philly! My first trip to Magic Gardens!

I learned how to make very yummy Chai Lattes and regular Lattes!!

I learned how to make very yummy Chai Lattes and regular Lattes!!

I ran the Broad Street Run with these beautiful ladies!!

I ran the Broad Street Run with these beautiful ladies!!

I hung out a lot with these beautiful women!

I hung out a lot with these beautiful women!

I finally got a picture with my favorite running buddy!!! She is AWESOME!

I finally got a picture with my favorite running buddy!!! She is AWESOME!

I studied in coffee shops with roommates

I studied in coffee shops with roommates

And made the corsages for my little brother's prom

And made the corsages for my little brother’s prom

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I had the BEST summer job ever as a wedding planner intern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I went to the beach

I went to the beach

I went to Savannah GA for the first time ever (and for the 2nd and 3rd!). I love Savannah!

I went to Savannah GA for the first time ever (and for the 2nd and 3rd!). I love Savannah!

I went to the beach some more...

I went to the beach some more…

I got to see this beautiful sunset every night in SC over the summer!

I got to see this beautiful sunset every night in SC over the summer!

I visited Charleston for the first time ever! It is beautiful!!

I visited Charleston for the first time ever! It is beautiful!!

We celebrated my little brother's graduation!!

We celebrated my little brother’s graduation!!

Brendan and mommy came down to SC for vacation!

Brendan and mommy came down to SC for vacation!

We went Kayaking in the morning :)

We went Kayaking in the morning 🙂

Charlie enjoyed her trip to SC too!

Charlie enjoyed her trip to SC too!

I got a fancy camera and (kind of) learned how to use it!!

I got a fancy camera and (kind of) learned how to use it!!

Once making it back to VA I went to the Salem Fair with the family :)

Once making it back to VA I went to the Salem Fair with the family 🙂

I celebrated the Fourth of July on the boat with mommy and the (then) boys!

I celebrated the Fourth of July on the boat with mommy and the (then) boys!

I celebrated the Fourth of July on the boat with mommy and the boys!

I celebrated the Fourth of July on the boat with mommy and the boys!

I spent far too little time with my mommy, but we are still the same (I know, I know, you hadn't seen her in a while and were worried!!)

I spent far too little time with my mommy, but we are still the same (I know, I know, you hadn’t seen her in a while and were worried!!)

And then I had to say goodbye to her and began the life Down Unda!

And then I had to say goodbye to her and began the life Down Unda!

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I got to Australia safe and sound after a 30 hour journey

I got to Australia safe and sound after a 30 hour journey

I met Penn students abroad and celebrated our new lives down Unda with them!

I met Penn students abroad and celebrated our new lives down Unda with them!

I made wonderful Australian friends and dressed up for parties a lot!

I made wonderful Australian friends and dressed up for parties a lot!

Parties like this one

Parties like this one

And this one... I danced a lot too!

And this one… I danced a lot too!

I celebrated every holiday with them

I celebrated every holiday with them

Including Queen's traditions like Bently Day!

Including Queen’s traditions like Bently Day!

I went on a road trip with three Italian guys I had never met!

I went on a road trip with three Italian guys I had never met!

We hiked a lot on our roadtrip

We hiked a lot on our roadtrip

I saw Sydney

I saw Sydney

and got the typical "me and the opera house picture"

and got the typical “me and the opera house picture”

I hung out with my prayer partners and some amazing friends a lot!

I hung out with my prayer partners and some amazing friends a lot!

I saw lots of Aussie animals...

I saw lots of Aussie animals…

I saw lots of Aussie animals...

I saw lots of Aussie animals…

I saw lots of Aussie animals...

I saw lots of Aussie animals…

I hung out in Queensland by beautiful waterfalls

I hung out in Queensland by beautiful waterfalls

And saw the most stunning sunrise known to man

And saw the most stunning sunrise known to man

I did Zumba in the public square

I did Zumba in the public square

And found my true calling as a singer for a Ukelele group

And found my true calling as a singer for a Ukelele group

I spent time on deserted beaches

I spent time on deserted beaches

And rode a sea turtle while Scuba Diving

And rode a sea turtle while Scuba Diving

I spent an amazing day on the Great Barrier Reef!

I spent an amazing day on the Great Barrier Reef!

I learned how to play lawn bowls

I learned how to play lawn bowls

And celebrated being in Australia!

And celebrated being in Australia!

Oh yeah, and I attended Melbourne University for a semester!

Oh yeah, and I attended Melbourne University for a semester!

I baked cookies with amazing friends

I baked cookies with amazing friends

Ran a lot, both in the sun and snow!

Ran a lot, both in the sun and snow!

Including the Melbourne Half with this gem of a friend!!

Including the Melbourne Half with this gem of a friend!!

After finals were over I headed to New Zealand where I... hiked a lot

After finals were over I headed to New Zealand where I… hiked a lot

went to my first ice bar

went to my first ice bar

Cantered through Middle Earth

Cantered through Middle Earth

Hiked on a Glacier

Hiked on a Glacier

Mountain biked across this bridge

Mountain biked across this bridge

Did I mention I hiked a lot?

Did I mention I hiked a lot?

As a last hurrah in Melbourne we hosted an American style Thanksgiving for the Aussies

As a last hurrah in Melbourne we hosted an American style Thanksgiving for the Aussies

As a last hurrah in Melbourne we hosted an American style Thanksgiving for the Aussies

As a last hurrah in Melbourne we hosted an American style Thanksgiving for the Aussies

Oh yeah, and I went SKYDIVING!!

Oh yeah, and I went SKYDIVING!!

And we took our typical Thanksgiving Day Photo

And we took our typical Thanksgiving Day Photo

I ran a really fun and super fast first 10k on Thanksgiving Morning!

I ran a really fun and super fast first 10k on Thanksgiving Morning!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!! and many more who I unfortunately was too busy talking to to get a photo with!

And then I headed up to Philly to reunite with some AMAZING people!!! and many more who I unfortunately was too busy talking to to get a photo with!

And then I came home! And did Christmas :)

And then I came home! And did Christmas 🙂

And Christmas shopping...

And Christmas shopping…

And had an amazing time home with the family!

And had an amazing time home with the family!

Went to DC to visit my aunt and uncle

Went to DC to visit my aunt and uncle

And celebrate Christmas Eve with friends and family!

And celebrate Christmas Eve with friends and family!

But celebrated Christmas Day with the functional family

But celebrated Christmas Day with the functional family

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The day after Christmas was full of family dates from the movies to snow tubing and beautiful sunsets!

The day after Christmas was full of family dates from the movies to snow tubing and beautiful sunsets!

All in all this year was full of laughter, joy, adventure, and beautiful sunsets. I look forward to what the new year brings!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

May God bless you and yours in this New Year! Happy 2015!

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