2014 marked the 5th anniversary of Facing Forty Upside Down (I named it when I was 39 and thought I’d try blogging for a year or two – and here we still are, facing our metaphorical “40” yet again! I won’t tell if you won’t…). I particularly loved this year at the blog because so many of you shared your stories of facing fears or trying new things – THANK YOU! I wasn’t able to narrow it down to a Top 10 list so I’ve made an index of highlights instead.
If you need a dose of inspiration read about these brave people:
“Goodbye Fear of Driving” – Kris P. hits the road
“Finding a Tribe, Finishing a Triathlon” – Catarina Cabrera
“How 2 Friends became Entrepreneurs” – the story behind Momentum Cycling & Fitness
“Life begins Outside Your Comfort Zone” – Mary-ann Mastreani, Hastings Yoga
“Transforming I Can’t into I Did It” – Fran dives, Elizabeth paddleboards
“Trekking in Memory & Hope” – Mina prepares to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro
“Who’s got Crazy Friends?” – In praise of the instigators
“How to Conquer a Fear of Improv” – a music teacher’s story
“Happier, Braver and Here” – thanks to Aidan Donnelly Rowley
So many experts shared their advice this year:
“How to Overcome Fear of Water and Prevent Drownings” – Jeff Krieger, Strategies for Overcoming Aquatic Phobias
“How to Succeed in Publishing Today” – Book Expo America panels
“Can One Learn to Love Exercise?” – Michelle Collins, Fit & Happier
“Do You have a Fear of Being Stylish?” – Advice from Bridgette Raes
In my personal life, Some Nerve came out in paperback, I turned 44, fulfilled a dream to lead “A Retreat to Remember“, criss-crossed the country giving speeches, and as usual DH, 13 yo G and 8 yo R reminded me of the important things (“What Weekends Are For” and “Love in a Lunchbox“).
I learned to ride a bike and run a race, which are both more fun with friends – I hope you’ll join Team #SomeNerve for an event in 2015! Check out our team highlights:
“Team #SomeNerve rides the TD 5-Boro Bike Tour” – 42 miles, 5 bridges, 32K riders – what a day!
Some of the books I loved and blogged about this year include: “Unremarried Widow” by Artis Henderson. “Eating Wildly” by Ava Chin, “A Chinaman’s Chance” by Eric Liu. And “My Writing Process” by Una LaMarche and “My Writing Process” by Tamara Linse revealed the real-life practices of writers who are also balancing motherhood and jobs.
For someone who started blogging as a path out of loneliness the community this has become is beyond anything I could have imagined. I encourage you to continue reaching out to me and to each other, and to people you think who could use a little push to come out and enjoy the sunshine. Thank you for an exhilarating and unforgettable year – and wishing you a New Year that is happy, healthy, and brave!