Well my friends, another year is behind us! Happy 2015! I was looking at my previous recap posts from 2012 and 2013 and it’s really interesting to see how I’ve grown as a “young adult” (whatever that is) and how my blog has shaped me into who I am today. I know that sounds silly, but yes, the internet has shaped into who I am today. I’m not ashamed that I’m addicted to the interwebz, but I’ve also learned that it’s necessary to unplug a bit (or a lot). That’s what has made 2014 different from previous years. I focused more on experiencing life outside of my laptop rather than sacrificing life to make magic happen through that glowing screen. It’s hard for me to remember sometimes that life exists outside of social media, especially when your blog success depends on it.
This year I made a conscious effort to go out for drinks rather than stay in to write a post. I opted to enjoy more moments in realtime rather than attempting to get the perfect picture of those moments. I chose to veg out on the couch with friends and watch TV rather than research what hashtags I should use on my Instagram. Some people might consider those decisions to be ways of procrastinating or may think I’m not committed, but doing so has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I’ve continued to meet so many wonderful bloggers (in person) and am now lucky enough to call a few of them very close, lifelong friends. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with local store owners, network with new brands, continue to work with some of my favorite brands and even got my face in the pages of a national magazine! (Oh yeah, I still read magazines in their physical form). And besides all of that, I also came to the terms with the fact that we, indeed, live in the f u t u r e.
In my personal life, it was a year of both highs and lows. The highs: I moved in with my boyfriend into a tiny apartment, reconnected with old friends, made new ones, celebrated my cousin’s wedding and switched career paths. The low: I had a death in the family, which I hadn’t experienced in roughly 15 years. It was a tremendous growing period for me, mentally, and had to learn to cope with my sorrow. Luckily, I was able to do so while surrounded by my family and through the support of my close friends. Looking back on all of these life moments, I’ve realized that Ferris Bueller really was right: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Truer words have never been spoken…and that’s why I love the 80s. But in all seriousness, I know that’s cheesy and maybe I think that way now because I’m a 25-year-old grandma, but I’m excited to get living like it’s 1999 in the new year. I’ll probably continue to Instagram it all, but that’s because we live in the f u t u r e.
Now onto the fun stuff! I’ve rounded up my favorite ensembles of the year and, most importantly, my favorite BLOOPERS! Speaking of bloopers, I have big comeback plans for Blogger Bloopers this year. So get ready to laugh and/or make fun of us. Yes GOMI, that’s directed at you 😉
Thank you guys so much for your continued love and support. I’m excited for 2015 and can’t wait to see what new adventures it brings!