Reflections: 2014 in a nutshell

source: Sincerely, Kinsey (here)

Looking back on the last 365 days, I think 2014 was the toughest year yet. So much happened in the last 12 months that made this year feel like a never ending fire drill. Here’s a quick month-to-month rundown of the year’s highlights (and lowlights):

January – Switched jobs!! Running with an insane learning curve at the beginning of the job is both super terrifying, but satisfying!

February – Added a new pair of specs to the collection. SEE Eyewear launched in Seattle and the bff and I had a blast playing with all the glasses. Aside from playing with glasses, I also started to learn how to play guitar in hopes of one day playing duets with the bff. (See the summer months for where this went!)

March – Met & adopted a sweet old man who was renamed to Mr. Gramps. Our relationship was short-lived thanks to really awful allergies. We stayed together for a month, but after waking up to blood-shot eyes and wheezing every morning, he returned home to the original couple I adopted him from. :(

April/MayLondon & Ireland got checked off the bucket list of travel locations! While on vacation is when I got a “you need to move out of your apartment which is being converted into a condo” letter. Best welcome home from vacation note, right? Scrambling to start a lease in the summer in Seattle is the worst because summer = peak season for hiked rent prices!

June – Bought a bike (finally!!) and joined a weekly “bike club” with 6 of my friends who helped keep each other encouraged to stay healthy by doing 30km rides on Sunday mornings. This was also the month that my reading obsession started. I’m going to blame it on all the baths I was taking after long bike rides and enjoying quiet reading time.

JulyBecame a redhead! Reunited with some of my favourite bloggers (hi Fran, Bri, and Lindsay!) while Fran was visiting Seattle. At the same time, I was apartment hunting and ended up signing a lease a month before my previous lease would be up and started building all the furniture during ungodly hours after work to prep for the move.

August – The week before the final apartment move (aka where all the big furniture was getting transported), I made a quick trip back to Toronto for a friend’s wedding. This month was all packing-packing-packing-unpacking-unboxing-packing! It was also the month where the bff and I decided to try to take this whole “band thing” seriously. We started transposing a handful of our favourite hip hop and R&B songs into fun pop ballads that we could play acoustically duet style!

September – Made a quick weekend trip to San Francisco for the Boba Guys Kickstarter launch party of their Union Square store! There is nothing more inspiring than getting to chat with Andrew & Bin about their business learnings on trying to change the general perception of bubble tea.

October – No doubt, this was the hardest month of the year. I have a really tough time talking about this still so I’m going to keep this short. One of my closest friends went missing, which made the rest of the year extremely emotionally challenging. There are still so many “what ifs” that run through my mind on a weekly basis.

November – Instead of spending nights in curled on the couch and feeling emotionally numb beyond belief, I took out my emotions out in a whirlwind of barre, spinning, and rowing classes with ClassPass. Forcing myself to go out and do something proved to be one of the therapeutic activities.

December – Finally got back into the blogging groove after a tough Fall. A big thank you to the supportive friends and family who are helping through the tough days.

Being back in Toronto for the tail-end of this year has helped me to put a lot of my year in Seattle into perspective. Going into 2015, I want to be intentional with goals and what I want out of the next 365 days. A lot of what happened in 2014 has put life into perspective and made me realize the importance of surrounding myself with positively-influenced relationships.

Thanks for following along & hope to see you in the new year!

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  • This has been so interesting to see the year broken down month by month. It is inspiring me to take a look at my year month by month. May the next year bring you much joy and be a balm to the tough times.

    • Thank you, Kristian! I cannot thank you enough for the love and encouragement you’ve provided over the last year. It really means a lot to me! Hope 2015 is everything you want it to be and more <3

  • oh Katrina. I’m so sorry about your friend. I remember seeing you post about it on facebook and hoping he showed up again. What a horrible mess :( I hope you are doing okay now – please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. I’m so glad I got to see you again in 2014 :) Let’s make it a yearly thing, yes? Maybe next time you’re in Toronto I’ll come up!

    • Oh Fran, you have no idea how thankful I am for your friendship. Thank you so much for everything in the last couple years!! I will definitely let you know when I’m back in Toronto, or maybe we can do a meet up in PA!

  • Love this recap – I remember so much of it so vividly. So happy to have grown this friendship even more in the last year, and even more excited to continue it in 2015. It’s gonna be a great year for you, I just know it! xoxx

    • Thank you again for being so amazing and supportive through everything, Bri. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have met you through our blogs and to have someone as wonderful as you to call my friend <3

  • I’m sad that 2014 ended on such a bad/sad note for you, but very impressed by the fact that you managed to pull some sort of positive learning from it. Then again, I’m a fanatical fan of silver linings, so that was always going to make me happy for you ;)
    Here’s to a good 2015! Very happy that I discovered you through Franziska this year, and excited to continue to follow along :)
    xx Johanna

    • Johanna, you are such a sweetheart!! Thank you for being so encouraging and for the kind words. Here’s to an amazing 2015 to the both of us!

  • tia_cherie

    I had the worst year of my life. Reading about your year I can definitely appreciate how challenging the last year was for you and I admire your strength and honesty writing about it. I hope 2015 is the best for you.

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