Hi everyone! Crazy how 2014 is just about over, isn’t it? Was it a good year for you? I hope so….for me it was a year of many changes, lots of wonderful things happening and I am very ready to see what 2015 has in store. A major highlight for me in 2014 was seeing my blog continuing to grow and developing so many connections with both readers and bloggers, to say this has greatly enriched my life would be a serious understatement! As I did with Christmas, I am ringing in 2015 with 5 more of my favorite bloggers. I was captivated by what they each had to say and think you will be too. By the time you are reading this I will be headed on a plane to a warm and tropical island,? cannot wait to get there and do a whole lot of nothing. I have my books, magazines, sunhat and sunblock packed and I am ready to totally unwind. If you care to follow me on Instagram I will be sure to post here and there! (click here to follow me) As I did with my Christmas posts, I asked five more of my favorite blogging friends to help me ring in the new year. I am so inspired and awed by what they had to say…I know you will be too. I have another post scheduled for Jan. 1st and really hope it will post on time:) Until then, all the best to you my readers and friends..and cheers to a fabulous 2015! You can click on the title of each blogger’s name to visit their blog ? SAY HELLO TO MARSHA FROM SPLENDEROSA……. WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM 2014? 2014 was certainly a year of many changes.? And, despite what I would have thought, the changes have been good for me.? The true me.? I have re-learned standing on my own feet, having valid opinions, and decision-making where the outcome is mine and mine alone. I’ve discovered that as a wife, a mother (even of adult kids) we have learned to take care of everyone except ourselves. Nurturing our souls, our spirits.? Maybe even going to a movie alone.? But definitely designing and living your own life.? With 2 small dogs, a Poodle named FiFi, and a rock-star Maltese named Bono. ? IN LOOKING AHEAD WHAT DO YO WISH FOR OUR WORLD IN 2015? Seriously?? The entire population of our Earth should finally decide to educate our young.? All of the 3rd world countries. America learned from history that abandoning Afghanistan decades ago did not do anything except cause interruption in the deadly hold the religious radicals impose.? When the men and women finally realize the only way out of the dark ages is to educate the children the world will change. Women are the key to this. ? ? ANY PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015? Lose weight.? Be happy. Spend more time with my friends. ? FILL IN THE BLANK, 2014 WAS………. Anything noteworthy on your bucket list for the new year? Travel.? Go anywhere, learn everything you can and never stop. TO ME THE PERFECT WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IS….. At the home of friends.? We don’t have to go out anymore. My husband & I had a New Year’s Eve tradition, we went to the Houston Symphony’s celebration, then out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant where the entire ceiling was covered with suspended balloons.? The restaurant was call Rivoli.? Alas, the precious owner, also a friend, passed away and no one could do what he did so they closed.? Now a progressive dinner party of homes that are very close to each other and finally the champagne & toasts at midnight. Every single one of us always has a new outfit purchased for this evening. AND WELCOME MARY ANN FROM CLASSIC CASUAL HOME…… WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM 2014? 2014 was our first year living in San Francisco. I was a little lonely at first. It meant a lot to me that my 89 year old mom got on an airplane to come see us. She hadn’t flown in a number of years. She’s probably not going to like this picture of her. Sorry Mom ? She hadn’t flown in a number of years. She’s probably not going to like this picture of her. Sorry Mom. We picked up a salted caramel hot chocolate at Ghiradelli Sqaure And had a nice Italian dinner in North Beach. Oh, and I liked seeing my kids in the May?issue? of Better Homes and Gardens. ANYTHING NEW AND NOTEWORTHY ON YOUR BUCKET LIST THIS YEAR? We are going to Brazil and Argentina in March. ?I?ve never been there and have always wanted to go?we need to practice our tango!Also, Howard and I are going to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in August. ANY PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS FOR YOU? The usual: ?Floss more, join a new gym, lose ?10 15 lbs. …OK, this is written in stone now! ?New: ?Pray instead of worry, practice random acts of kindness everyday ? ?IN LOOKING AHEAD WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR OUR WORLD IN 2015? The discovery that carbs are actually good for you.? No really, I’m dreaming of a world where everyone has a reason to wake up with a smile and feel safe, valued and there are no more wars. ?In November, we saw this memorial to England’s fallen soldiers in World War I. ?Each ceramic red poppy represents a death and this was only part of the exhibit. ?It went all the way around the Tower of London. ?Very moving but tragic. FILL IN THE BLANK 2014 WAS…….Awesome for moving out of our comfort zones into new ones! ? ] ? We settled into our new nest, ?made new friends,? kept in touch with old friends and expanded my decorating business to clients?around the Bay Area. THE PERFECT WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IS…… With . family, friends, singing and laughter. ?We are going to have a party in our apartment with food and drinks and karaoke (I?d better invite the neighbors)! I’ve ordered the little sticks from Etsy. ??There will be fireworks over the bay midnight. ? Happy 2015 to you, Tina. ?As one of your devoted readers, thank you for all the elegance, glamour and down-to-earth loveliness that you bring to our inboxes. ?Please keep it up! ?There will be fireworks over the bay midnight. AND HELLO ANITA FROM CASTLES, CROWNS AND COTTAGES….. WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM 2O14? Being published, seeking my own photography and story of my home in the German? magazine, Kidslife and being honored by a former student as his most inspirational teaccher.? ? IN LOOKING AHEAD WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR OUR WORLD IN 2015? A return to decency. ANY PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015? New Year’s is just a calendar date. I try to make every day an opportunity to be better than the day before. ? FILL IN THE BLANK, 2014 WAS A YEAR……. Of surprises. After concerns that he’d be laid off, my husband was promoted to a very important position. ANYTHING NOTEWORTHY ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR THE NEW YEAR? To go back to our beloved honeymoon spot, Carmel California to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. FOR ME THE PERFECT WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IS……. To stay safely at home with my husband. Thank you for this invitation. I am honored. ? WELCOME TO DESIREE FROM CHIC COASTAL LIVING! ? ?WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM 2014? ? One of my top memories of 2014, was our family trip to Maine. Visiting Maine was an incredible experience with breathtaking coastal views, more beautiful than I ever imagined. We hiked Acadia National Park, visited Bar Harbor, ate our share of fresh Maine lobster, and went on a fun excursion to see seals. ?ANY PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015? I have quite a few things on my list of resolutions and getting back to running and working out is at the top of my list. With the growth of my blog this past year, working out ended up on the back burner, which is not a good thing. Running happens to be my number one source of stress relief, a beautiful time for me to pray and a way to keep my weight in check. So, to help ring in the new year, I ordered new running shoes and look forward to getting into better shape in 2015! IN LOOKING AHEAD WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR OUR WORLD IN 2015? I believe we have one life to live and we should make it as lovely as possible.?So, my wish for the world is that each of us dwell on… FILL IN THE BLANK, 2014 WAS……one to remember and learn from.?A year with fun destinations, spending time with family and praying more than ever. ? ANYTHING NOTEWORTHY ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR 2015?? Hawaii, has been on my list of places to visit. I’m going to start planning our summer trip soon and would love to hear any suggestions on where to stay if Hawaii ends up being one of our 2015 destinations. TO ME THE PERFECT WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IS…. spending a fun evening with my husband, boys and family. We usually cook dinner and I always make sure to buy some festive party favors. I’m very excited about 2015! My blog will get a new name! Wow! Saying that in public just took my breath away. After a little over four years, Chic Coastal Living will be spreading her wings with a new name and look! TAKE IT AWAY? KRISTY AND BETH FROM DESIGN CHIC…. ? WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM 2014? Getting a book deal for?Dear Carolina! When I got off the phone with my agent (at around?10 a.m.) I didn?t even call anyone. I walked downstairs, got a bottle of champagne and a flute and went at sat at my desk and had my own little celebration. I needed a moment for it to set in! IN LOOKING AHEAD WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR OUR WORLD IN 2015? It sounds a little too Miss America, but peace! This was such a tumultuous year for our world and we hope 2015 can bring some conflict resolution. ANY PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS FOR? 2015? More juicing, more yoga? the usual! Overall, focusing more on how we want to feel than what we want to check off of the to-do list. FILL IN THE BLANK 2014 WAS??.. One for the record books! A new book, a new store, a potty-trained toddler, contributing to?Domino? This was a wonderful year for sowing, reaching goals and watching dreams come true, and we think 2015 is going to be about reaping some of the hard work of 2014. ANYTHING NOTEWORTHY ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR THE NEW YEAR ? Going to an Ayurvedic retreat in the mountains. (With some heavy spa time!) TO ME THE PERFECT WAY TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR IS ?? Champagne, good friends, husbands and a lot of laughter. It doesn?t matter where we are as long as we get to ring it in with people we love! Wow talk about an inspiring group of women!! They make me feel like anything is possible for 2015 and certainly have given me a lot to think about in terms of reaching for the stars. Thank you so very much ladies for your amazing insight and wisdom and to everyone else for stopping in. Hopefully my post will post on time on Jan. 1st and that will be it until I return home, hopefully recharged and ready to begin a fabulous new year:) Until then…..