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Goodbye 2014, you were a good one! I started the year so happy to have just finished my last Herceptin treatments.  I was finally at the end of the whole breast cancer saga and I felt free.  All I wanted was to get back to my normal life.  Except then I realized that’s not what I wanted at all…

I remember the morning so clearly. It was mid-January and we just returned from our annual escape to St. John.  It was 6:45 am, it was 4 degrees, and it was very dark.   I got in my car to drive the 112 miles to work and hit traffic from accidents on both 495 and the Mass Pike.  What the hell was I doing??!?!?!   It took me 2 1/2 hours to get to work and by the time I got there I realized this was crazy.  Getting back to my normal life was wrong and it had to change.

Thankfully it is not my nature to make rash decisions and act impulsively.  Remember?  I am Polly Planner.  So, I sat tight for about 6 weeks and then things worked themselves out and I got to move home permanently with my handsome hubby.  No more crazy commute, living in two places, and no more stress of my job.  Now I was really free!

In true Polly Planner fashion, I immediately made a list of things that were important to me that I wanted to do now that I was free.  The best part of 2014 was I actually did them!  I did a 60 mile bike ride around Martha’s Vineyard, I spent a week in the UK, I spent time in NYC with Casey & Erin, I connected with old friends, I ran a half marathon, I raised over $2,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I kept my blog going, I started working with a personal trainer, learned new ways to exercise, and got into shape.  And of course, there was the Summer of Deb!

So, in a way I am sad to see 2014 go, it really was a good year for me, one of the best actually.  But the funny thing about all the New Years celebrations (and yes, we did celebrate last night!), is people celebrate for all different reasons.  Some, like me, celebrated a good year and the exciting possibilities the new year brings.  Some celebrated the end of a bad year and a fresh start in the new one.  Some celebrated for the sake of celebrating.  I am just glad it is just the tick of another minute on the clock and really not the end of anything real, because life is good right now and I just want to keep it rolling…Happy New Year!