2014 – the year that was

2014 was a big year for our family, with a lot of changes. There were plenty of smaller highs along the way too.

So this is 2014, the year that was…

January – the year started with a bang. We got the keys to our new house on 7th January, started madly decorating it and moved ourselves in on 11th January.

Painting, new house, moving house, 2014

February – work continued on the house and I ran 10 miles for the Team Honk relay for Comic Relief. It was the only time I’d ever run from A to B (I always run in a loop), and I must say I really enjoyed it. I’d love to run that route again one day.


March – at the end of the month I took voluntary redundancy from the council I’d worked at for 15 years, to set up in business on my own as a freelance PR, copywriter, blogger, editor and social media geek.

April – my family conquered Snowdon! It was a scarier experience than I had expected, but I was so pleased that we all managed it.

PicMonkey snowdonadventureCollage

May – I was very happy when I got my first bits of work in for my new business. I walked two legs of the Cotswold Way with Emma aka Crazy with TwinsΒ to raise money for Cancer Research UK, both legs with my eldest and one leg with the younger two kids too. I was very proud of them for managing it.

Daughter, Emmas Army, walking, fundraising, Cotswold Way, 365

June – I went to Britmums Live and we had our annual dance show, both on the same weekend. I also took the difficult decision to go on Roaccutane, the strongest drug there is, for the acne I’ve had since I was 12. It turned out to be a very good decision.

July – having been very anti-pets forever, I suddenly saw the sense in getting a small pet (or two), so we got a lovely pair of guinea pigs, Eric and Daisy. It turned out to be another very good decision.

PicMonkey guineapigsCollage

August – we had our annual trip to Padstow, always the highlight of our year.

Kids, sea, Padstow, 365

September – I ran the Cheltenham half marathon, in my best time ever, I went to the award ceremony for the MAD Blog Awards as a finalist in the Schooldays category and my son took his grammar school entrance exam.

October – we got the all-important news that my son had passed the grammar school test and will be going to our preferred school in September.

November – was a fairly quiet month. My daughter went on her first residential school trip (and LOVED it!) and also did a sponsored silence for Children in Need with her brother for a full 24 hours!

Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo, Children in Need

December – my work is going really well now and I’m pleased to say I’m at the point where I can no longer combine it with housework! After seven months of living as a one car family, which hasn’t always been easy, fate brought a yellow Mini into my life!

Mini, car, 365

All in all, it’s been a good year and we’ve achieved a lot. I’m looking forward to 2015 and expanding my business further and getting our house sorted out even more, as well as my son starting grammar school.

How was your 2014? And what are you hoping for in 2015?

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Goodness, all of that happened in 2014?! I remember reading all the posts obviously but when you condense it into an overview it is a lot! Happy new year and may 2015 be slightly more settled. x

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    • I know, it really did! It seems crazy looking back to think how soon after moving house I left my job. It was a good year, but a more settled 2015 would be very welcome! Thanks. x

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  2. It’s been quite a year for you hasn’t it? Lots of change, but I think overall all positive. I hope 2015 brings a bit less though so you can consolidate – you always seem to have lots of energy though, so maybe you don’t need to slow down.

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    • It certainly has been quite a year. As you say, the changes were all positive, but I certainly don’t want that much change for 2015! Thanks.

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  3. Wow that was a full year! Starting your own business and moving house is very challenging without everything else that went on. Great post and you are a super-duper family! Here’s to 2015 πŸ™‚ Jess x

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    • Thanks very much, what a lovely thing to say – I really appreciate it. It was a very busy start to the year, but it’s all worked out well and I’m so glad we did it all!
      Happy new year to you all! x

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  4. It certainly was a busy year! Thanks very much. Happy new year! πŸ™‚

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  5. Ahhh what a year – so much happened didn’t it and it sounds like it ended on a high with a fab new career, a nice car and a new house! πŸ™‚ OH and I got to meet you at long last!! Hope 2015 is just as fantastic for you.

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    • It was a busy year and I’m so happy with it how it all turned out.
      Brilliant to meet you at last and hope to catch up with you again in 2015! πŸ™‚

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  6. What an eventful year! I remember reading your post when you’d just taken redundancy and you were so unsure of the future my heart went out to you. How brilliant that it’s all worked out so well for you. Here’s to more of the same in 2015! Congrats to your son for getting into his preferred school too! HAapy new year! xxx

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    • Thanks very much, it really was quite a year!
      It’s amazing how well the redundancy has worked out – I’ve never looked back.
      Happy new year to you too! x

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  7. Wow what an exciting year and congrats on setting yourself up as a social media geek πŸ˜‰ here is to a fab 2015 and let’s hope it brings you lots more exciting things! x

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    • Thanks very much, it certainly was an eventful year! This year I’m mainly looking forward to a new kitchen and hoping a new en suite isn’t out of the question too. Just got to keep earning money as a geek to pay for it all!

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