As 2014 is coming to an end, I wanted to share some of the most memorable moments of the year. It feels like I still have a ton of things I want to cross off on my ever-growing bucket list, but looking back at all the photos I took helps me realize I’ve accomplished a lot more than I had thought. I picked out a handful of photos to represent what this year meant to me, what I learned and what I look forward to in 2015.
Traveling Outside of My Comfort Zone
I stepped away from my two-year relationship with fashion blogging earlier this year because I often found myself conflicted with the message I was giving out through the blog and what I really believed. You don’t need expensive bags or to wear pretty clothes to be confident in yourself, genuine confidence comes from within and it definitely requires a little bit of soul-searching for you to understand. I redirected my energy (and funds) to pursue something more meaningful to me and it came in the form of seeking new experiences including traveling.
Road Trip from San Francisco to Chicago
I met my boyfriend Cheuk (pronounced “Chuck”) in June and we had the perfect opportunity for a cross-country road trip when he needed to drive from California to Illinois. He planned our entire trip with pit stops in Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore and downtown Madison, WI to meet up with my college friend. It was an eye-opening experience for me as we passed through some states I’ve never been to and saw how different (or similar) the cities were compared to where I live.
The trip gave me a greater sense of appreciation for living in the Bay Area and triggered my thirst for wanderlust. I want to see and experience more of the culture, food and people that inhibit this planet; I know it isn’t going to be easy or cheap but with time and patience I can slowly cross off the items on my new bucket list.
Everything is bigger in Texas and the food trailers are seriously everywhere. I’m actually glad that Cheuk goes to school out there in Texas because it gives me a reason to travel out of state and explore new cities with him. On my first trip to Texas over Halloween weekend, he planned out a detailed itinerary for us to check out San Antonio and Austin. Each city had its own charm and I can’t wait to go back and explore what we haven’t!
Girls Trip to Colorado
Looking back at the entire year, I think I had a pretty good start with a long-weekend girls trip to Colorado with one of my closest friend from college. It was a good precursor to all the wonderful trips to come throughout 2014. In my experience, traveling with friends is a great way to get to know each other better. Spending a good majority, if not all, of the day together helps me understand how they deal with stress and spontaneity. Not to mention, it’s also great to be able to share experiences with someone else who appreciates them just as much!
Exploring the Bay Area
An adventure doesn’t mean you have to go somewhere hundreds of miles away from home, it can simply be found in your own backyard. Being open-minded and taking a step back to recalibrate your focus can help you see things you’ve been missing when it’s been so close to you all along.
Hidden Gems Around the Bay
I live less than an hour drive from San Francisco but I’ve only really drove to the city to check out their nightlife. It wasn’t until this year that I truly started seeking out the hidden gems and exploring through this beautiful Bay Area. I am also looking to relocate to San Francisco in 2015 making my post-grad dream come true soon!
Appreciating Nature in California
Maybe it comes with maturity, but my love and appreciation for all things in nature didn’t really hit me until 2014. I’ve been too focused on the small details of my life to take a step back and see the world around me. From the evening runs around my neighborhood in the South Bay to hiking all over the Bay Area, I’ve found so much beauty and a sense of peace to accept and appreciate the environment for what it is.
Trying New Things & Spending Quality Time
A big part of my enjoyment in trying new things come from being able to share that moment with others. When I try something interesting, I always think of someone I know who’d equally enjoy that experience. I like to help my friends and family get out of their comfort zones to see that there’s so many things out there to try because sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you find it.
Enjoying Live Music
I’ve always been a fan of music, I like to listen to all genres, but there’s definitely something different about being able to feel the music and not just listen through your ears. I’ve attended a fair share of concerts and mini-performances this year including the Beyonce & Jay-Z tour, Sam Smith, Kina Grannis, RAC, Coachella, Capital Cities, Snakehips, Backstreet Boys and a few others. The energy of the crowd and the intimacy of a smaller performance venue creates and exhilarating experience to connect with the music and the artist.
Picking Up New Hobbies & Skills
When I started my new job in January, one of the most common questions people asked me was “what do you like to do for fun?” And although it seems harmless, I felt that it was a loaded question in disguise. I mean, there’s a lot of things I’d like to do for fun, but what do I do more consistently? That’s when I realized I needed to start picking up hobbies where I can continue to learn and build a skill while having fun.
I picked up video editing because I loved watching other people’s travel vlogs on YouTube, I figured I’d start documenting all of my travels through a series of short videos. It’s definitely going to be a long journey, learning how to becoming a better videographer and using powerful tools like Final Cut Pro. I also picked up photography again, I wish I took a class in college but now, taking Skillshare classes and reading helpful articles online will have to suffice. If you haven’t noticed, I like using Willy (and another post here) as my model because having too many photos of his fluffy face won’t hurt!