When I reflect on 2014, all I can think about is how good this year was to me. It was a year of new adventures and crossings things off my Life List. It was a year of new jobs and professional growth. It was a year of reaching milestones and growing as a person overall. Here are some of the highlights from my 2014:
In January, I ended my short-yet-miserable experience with unemployment and got a part-time job as a server at a fine-dining steakhouse. (I can’t believe I’ve been working there for almost a year!) Serving at a restaurant is by no means what I want to do for the rest of my life; this is just a job to help me pay the bills while I figure out my career path. But even though this job is not ideal, I’m still glad I have it because it’s better than having no job at all. I was super grateful when my boss hired me, and I am still grateful to this day.
In April, I got a second part-time job working at a non-profit doing mainly administrative work. I was excited about this job because not only would it be my side hustle and help me gain more monthly income, but it would be a great way for me to gain more experience in my potential career field. I was right about this job helping me gain more experience: I feel like I’ve learned A LOT since April and now have some new skills to add to my resume, which is always a plus.
In April, I ran my first 10K. I had been wanting to run a 10K for a long time, it was just a matter of making it happen. After conquering the 10K, I then had the confidence to start training for a half marathon. I decided I would sign up for one after my 29th birthday, and I did.
In May, I turned 29. Since this birthday would start the last year of my twenties, I decided to make a big deal out of this birthday and plan a whole weekend of birthday festivities. My birthday weekend ended up being a ton of fun and it got me super excited to conquer the last year of my twenties and enter my thirties!
In June, I got my wisdom teeth removed. This was something I had been meaning to get done for years but kept putting off because of 1) the cost and 2) the pain. This year, I decided I needed to suck it up both financially and physically so I could just get it done and move on with my life. It turns out the experience was not that bad at all! And the best part? IT’S OVER WITH.
In August, I visited Yosemite National Park for the first time in my life and had a real camping experience consisting of hiking, roasting marshmallows by the fire, and not showering for two days. I absolutely loved Yosemite and spent the weekend thinking, “Why did it take me 29 years to finally see this beautiful place that’s only a three hour drive away?” Chris wants us to go back to Yosemite in summer of 2015 and climb Half Dome. We’ll see about that!
In September, Chris and I went on a belated honeymoon to New York City (part 1, part 2). This was our big trip of the year and we had a blast! Chris loved visiting New York for the first time and I loved being able to go back for the second time and experience way more than I did the first time I went.
In October, I ran my first half marathon: The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF. This is something that had been on my Life List for a long time and I finally crossed it off this year. Completing this big goal of mine ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I am still so proud of this accomplishment.
In October, Chris and I celebrated our two-year wedding aniversary. I still can’t believe we’ve been married for TWO years now. It seems like just yesterday we were eloping at SF City Hall! Seriously, where is the time going? I feel like before we know it, we’re going to be grandparents.
I ended 2014 by getting my very first pet: a pug named Otis! Chris and I are so happy to have this little guy in our lives and that we’re now a family of three.
How was your 2014? What was the best part of your year?