So, today’s the very last day of 2014 — December 31, 2014. We’ll never see this day again and never feel the same way we did on this day. Before I get too far into how every day actually passes us just like this (a *snap*), let me recount the amazing things that happened this year:
Last year, 2013, was a year of travel — you can click and read about my reflections about 2013 here. This year, 2014, was a year of travel AND opportunities and experiences. To date, I’ve never had as many experiences and adventures as I have had in this year of 2014. January 17, 2014 kick-started off a chain of events that led to me pushing myself far beyond my comfort zone and searching out new opportunities. First of all, let’s talk travel:
- February 2014 — Miami, Florida. My very first time going to Miami! I’ve heard much about this American city but it was my first time going there with so many young people.
- April 2014 — West Caribbean cruise. It was my very first cruise! It was 7 days of full gluttony. I couldn’t tell you how much I ate during each meal and each day during these seven days. It was incredible. It was sad that I lost some of the photos I took and I haven’t had the chance to blog about this trip at all either. Oops.
- June 2014 — Las Vegas, Nevada!!! Wow, another big American city that everyone talks about. This was a great trip where I got to learn some stuff and also eat to my heart’s content with the great restaurants that we were able to visit during these few days that we were there. Amazing. Can’t wait to go back!
- August 2014 — Greensboro, North Carolina. Talk about another least-talked about American city. We learned a lot here too and I got to celebrate it with my little small growing team. 🙂
- October-November 2014 — Hong Kong, South Korea (Busan & Jeju Island), Spain, and Portugal. This was an amazing full 30 days of travelling and eating. Mostly eating. You can see all of the Hong Kong restaurants that we went to through my food blogs in the last month or so (blogs about Korea and Spain and Portgual to follow). This was also my very first trip to Europe!! I didn’t know that I would be visiting Europe so soon in my lifetime. The original plan was 2016 or so. Yay! It was amazing. 😀
I want to say there were more places I went to but that’s all the big trips I went on this year. Considering how many countries I visited in this year makes me feel so blessed and fortunate. I also went to Niagara Falls many times this year for day trips and to Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach for small trips. But all in all, I actually achieved a goal I set for myself — I wanted to travel every two months of the year to somewhere new. Isn’t that amazing? I actually achieved it (I also was travelling in December 2013 which makes it all link together even more). : ]
Personal growth and opportunities:
Remember how I said I pushed myself out of my comfort zone many times this year? It was because of a new venture that I started for myself. It’s the #GenYTO movement. Because of it, I saw so many more people, did so many more things, and aspired to so much more. It’s truly a blessing that I took in my own hands and set to action. Without it, I would have kept to court reporting and not realized that there are other paths to success and wealth out there. It’s quite interesting how it all happened.
I also moved this year (again). This time, we moved from our temporary home in the comfy condo to a perfectly sized house. Moving was a bit hairy this year (again), but for the most part, since living in the new place for four months now and being settled in, it feels like I’ve been living here for years. Odd!
Other than that, I went to many meetup events, started a love for escape games, continued to grow my blog into a full-fledged food blog, did my first 10 km run, continued my love of Zumba, blogged pretty much every single day of this year(!) — achieving a lot of blog ‘firsts‘, and actually became more of an extrovert during the peak of those first five to eight months. I actively searched out people to connect with and built many new friendships.
And just for fun, here are some specific first-time experiences I am happy to report from this year: Segway riding, swimming with dolphins, plane pulling, paddle boarding, trampoline dodgeball, Anime North, shoreline cleanups, O.Noir, salmon watching, Wasaga Beach, Paint Nite, cooking class, treetop trekking, TUM, first university friend wedding, and detox. 🙂 So many memories! = the most folders in my “2014” folder I’ve ever had in one ‘year’ in my computer/portable hard drive.
And then a sudden plot twist — the last couple of months have seen a little douse of the flame.. which I find interesting. Maybe I’m not meant to be an extrovert and I truly still find comfort in the small and quiet tasks. There were several consecutive days this year where I had up to four sets of appointments/people/events to attend to in one day and I never ever felt tired or a need to retreat. Recently, that is completely not the case. I still can’t stick to a schedule of mundane and routine things since they bore me (and the reason why I’m always on the search for new adventures and things to do).
This also leads me to the point that I’m actually very, very excited to see what 2015 has to bring for me. I’m still going to continue to search out new things to do and new restaurants to try, but I don’t feel the need to be so socially active anymore. Huh! So, 2015, I welcome you with open arms. Surprise me. 🙂
And final words of this post: I am thankful, grateful, and truly blessed to have received all that I have this year. There is really nothing to complain about!