Single Strides

Thank YOU For 2014

December 29, 2014

2014 was a hell of a year. I could go into all the things that happened, or list all the things I want to accomplish in 2015. Instead of doing a typical end-of-the-year post, I wanted the last post of the year to be about someone else: my readers.

So this goes to you. This goes to everyone who has ever stopped by, even to just look at pictures. This goes to every stranger that has found my digital world and stuck around. This is for the hopeless romantics that have found a haven in my words. This is my time to say something truly important:

Thank you.

To my best friends thank you for always being there. Throughout this year you helped me through my heartbreak. You wiped mascara off, bought me shots, and still loved me after too many. You told me how it was without sugarcoating. You laughed with me and we traveled hundreds of miles to go on adventures together. You are more appreciated than you’ll ever know. You have kept me together and over eaten with me when I’ve fallen apart. You are such special people and I am so grateful to have you in my life. I hope you know how much you mean to me, and I promise to always be as good of a friend as you have been to me. I promise to always be your biggest supporter in life and social media.

To my family thank you for dealing with me this year. I’ve found that I take out my pain on the people I love the most. So I appreciate that you could still find it in your heart to feed me when I’m home and text me goodnight quotes after I had a freak attack earlier that day. Thank you for still telling me to bring a jacket when I leave the house. Thank you for always being worried about everything. Thank you for accepting that my dreams change on a daily basis. Thank you for not asking when I’m going to get married. I’m damn lucky to have a family like you and I will make sure you know that each day. 

To my blogger network thank you for being a part of my little digital world. I feel like I have made pen pal friends with people all across the globe. Thank you for supporting my blog in its infancy and I hope you stay to see it grow. I also hope you keep doing what you’re doing because your words are my (and so many others) inspiration – and I respect you so much for that.

To my Miami people thank you for helping me not hate Miami anymore. Thank you for sarcastically throwing out “I read Single Strides” at pregames. Thank you for admitting that you actually read it. It’s definitely been quite the year and I’m happy to be a part of the circle. I’m excited to see what stories we’ll have in 2015, and I pray that we soon won’t live in a construction zone (thanks, Brickell). Thank you for the late nights, the pizza runs, and for introducing me to vodka tonics.

To my coworkers thank you for the fact that I enjoy going to work everyday. I know I am incredibly lucky to not only love my job, but to love my first job. I’ve learned so much from each of you and you’ve supported me the entire time. You not only make it a pleasure to work with and for you, but you make me want to put in more than 100% each and every day. I know I can do great things in this career and I couldn’t ask for a better team to do them with. 

To my ex thank you for breaking my heart. If it weren’t for the heartbreak, this blog would never exist. This is the home of all the emotions that you spilled out of me that had nowhere to go. Thank you for breaking down my soul and bringing out the words that had been dormant for far too long. Thank you for teaching me what to not settle for. Thank you for helping me learn to love myself – something I could only do away from you. Thank you for pushing me to a breaking point; it’s here I’ve started to find myself as I pick up the pieces. Thank you mostly for being my muse.

To my readers thank you for accepting me as I am. Thank you for making it worthwhile to share such personal words. I especially thank you for commenting or emailing me when something has impacted you; you have no idea how much it means to me to hear from you. I appreciate each and every single view on my blog and I hope that I have inspired you in some way. You’ve made this dream of mine a reality. I hope you stick around to see where my words can take me – and I promise you it’ll be somewhere big.

So, this goes to you. I look forward to striding on, and knowing I have you all to walk with. Cheers to 2015, and cheers to you.


  • Reply lululove88 December 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for this post. ❤️

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      So welcome 🙂 and as always – thank you for reading!

  • Reply Rebecca Meyer December 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This is great! I like how you thank the people who have hurt you along the way. Even though there are people in our lives who aren’t right for us and who break our hearts, they walked into our lives for a reason. The people who broke our hearts taught us lessons, made us stronger, and proved we could survive emotional pain and become happy again.

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I agree completely! And eventually we’ll wind up exactly where we’re supposed to be (that we couldn’t have gotten to without them).

      • Reply Rebecca Meyer December 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        So true! Without all the heartbreak, we won’t end up in a better place. And life would be awfully boring without some obstacles along the way.

  • Reply jeddacp December 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    …and thank YOU for sharing this a part of your world with us 🙂

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      So very welcome 🙂 happy you’re a part of it!

  • Reply Stephanie Claire December 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is such a beautifully written post, and has definitely reminded me to add ‘be more grateful’ to my list of resolutions for 2015! I loved what you said about your friends buying you shts, and still loving you afterwards – haven’t we all been there? And I couldn’t agree with you more about the pen pal feel of the blogging network! I never thought when I started this, words would ping back and forth across the world like they do, and still hit me as hard as they would if someone was sat right in front me saying them.

    Here is to 2015, Stephie from Tea in Your Twenties xx

    ps. Love your new design and header!

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      I completely agree about all, especially the pen pal part. 2015 is bound to be a great year 🙂 good luck to you!! Cheers-ing you with tea as we speak!

  • Reply irtfyblog December 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    You’re really sweet. I hope 2015 is a banner year for you.

  • Reply N December 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    This really inspired me! Beautiful post, I relate to it a lot.

  • Reply N December 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    This really inspired me. Beautiful post, I relate to it a lot! Happy new year!!!

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, and happy new year to you too 🙂

  • Reply Lord Freebjørn December 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    this was a nice enlightening read.
    unfortunately, 2014 was my year in hell. all enotions lead to something beautiful though so

    heres to the next one! lol

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      There is beauty in disaster – don’t ever forget it!! Alas, here’s the the next one indeed 🙂

  • Reply LilPhilosopher December 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Im sitting here contemplating my own future, i know that there are changes ahead of me. One in particular that relates to my career, in that i havent found the right fit for me yet. I’m going to have to have one of those conversations with one of my jobs, you know the “this is not going to work out.” While I’m not worried about my finances, and im confident I’ll bounce back. I still felt apprehensive, I still felt the thinge of fear in my gut. What I got from this post is that change can be good, heartache can also be good. While I’m not saying tragedy is something to fully embrace, even in the worse situations, there could still be opportunities for good. Seeing as how all the other comments were about finding the good in the things that happened to you this year, it seems I’m not the only one who felt that from this post.
    So to you I say THANK YOU, thank you for giving me the kick in the butt I need sometimes. You’re on to something I headd earlier this year. I’m paraphrasing here: “People try to be grateful after they’ve found happiness, but the key to being happy, is to be more grateful” David Steindl-Rast

    • Reply Single Strides December 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you are always able to find positivity through my posts. I wish you the best of luck with what is likely to be a personal battle, but I have faith you will persevere. It is never good to stay somewhere you are not happy if you have the power to go elsewhere; so kuddos to you. May 2015 bring you everything you’re looking for!

  • Reply herheadache December 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm


  • Reply One Gentleman January 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    All the best to you as you journey along this process, which will have ups and downs. Through it all, you will gain a deeper sense of self reflection. Through this self reflection, you will gain a greater awareness for who you are and what you want. With this awareness, you draw closer to your purpose in life and the people that deserve traveling along this transformation. Because as you know at this point, a trip is not about taking everyone along for the ride. The trip is about taking those dearest to you heart. Simply because someone can accompany you on this trip, does not mean they are deserving of being a companion. I genuinely wish you well.

    • Reply Single Strides January 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      I think a lot of people in my “situation” in life always miss this key piece of advice you gave: “Simply because someone can accompany you on this trip, does not mean they are deserving of being a companion.” It could not be more true. Thank you dearly for all your words of encouragement. I know this journey will be a long, but prosperous one; and I’m not afraid of a few wrong turns along the way. I wish you well in 2015 and beyond as well.

  • Reply Spotlight Sunday: Single Strides | Her Headache February 2, 2015 at 2:56 am

    […] Thank You For 2014 […]

  • Leave a Reply

    %d bloggers like this: