It’s always so interesting to look back and see how we marked time in the year and to see how we changed. So often we don’t notice the changes in ourselves because we’re in the middle of it, so I really like to take the time to sit back and reflect before diving into a new year.
So, let’s take some time to reflect on 2014 and see what happened, shall we?
To be honest, 2014 started off a tad rough. I had all these plans I was hoping to accomplish in 2013 and when it was over I had feelings of I’m not where I want to be and it was rough. No one wants to cry on New Years Eve.
I was also still battling the sickness that laid me out for most of December and I had two big races coming up in February. Being sick for a loooong time definitely had an impact on my body image. Boo.
I set some fitness goals and the only goal I accomplished was running and even that fell off over the summer, but that’s life, right?!
February marked my official start of training with the Hanson’s Method for my ultra marathon and I spent some time breaking down the method while running 6 days a week. Oof.
March is such an armpit of a month. Even looking at the calendar for March 2015 it just looks…..blah. That said, it was a pretty exciting month for me as I was selected as a FitFluential Ambassador and hit 500 Twitter followers (and since then have more than doubled that number. Wow!!)
I also battled some tendonitis in March, which was a bummer when it came to running, but I’m happy to say it hasn’t bothered me for a while!
April was the month where it felt like winter just would.not.end. Ever. At all. I also started to feel a teeny bit burned out from all the running, but pushed through.
I touched a bit on running and mental health and then bought out all of the gelato in Calgary 🙂 I also offered some insight into some of my weird food aversions (if you’re wondering about my tagline picky about bananas this post is for you!)
Birthday month!!!! Leading up to my birthday I did some reflecting and wrote what is possibly my favourite post of all time. I also revisited some of my thoughts on anxiety (if you want to read more check out this page) and challenged how we view “healthy living”.
I also celebrated Mother’s Day, my sister’s birthday and summed up how I can not be trusted with anything involving any kind of coordination. I took some time to reflect on Hanson’s Method (not for me) and filmed a video at 10pm at night in my yoga studio.
Oh, and it snowed the first weekend of May. Boo.
June started off amazing. After training for months (and getting a bit burned out) I ran my first ultra marathon! I was over the moon that I was able to finish and then running and I took a bit of a break from one another. And then I signed up to run an Ultra Ragnar because I’m crazy.
I also found out I needed to move at the end of July 🙁 and had very limited time in which to find a place as I was going to be away for the first two weeks of the month.
July was full of highs with my trip to Kelowna – Vancouver – Kelowna and Stampede. I also had some awesome guest posts about supplementation, vacations, run streaks and proper warm-ups. My guest bloggers rule.
Then? I moved. No matter what way you look at it moving sucks. Moving especially sucks when you do it yourself with too few boxes. Boo.
I didn’t talk about it all that much, possibly because I didn’t blog much, but the second I moved into that place(ha, that place) it just didn’t feel like home. I struggled to find a balance, and, really feel happy.
My lack of motivation and struggle continued into August. Thankfully I was able to unwind and spend some time at my mom’s (twice) and fly to Vancouver to run SeaWheeze for the second year in a row (I’ll be back next year, too!).
Sitting down to write this I had a moment of what even happened in September?!
Probably my second favourite part of September (after Ann’s wedding) was receiving my belt from my mom commemorating my ultra marathon.
Guys? October was insane!
I decided on a whim to participate in blogtober and ended up writing a prompted post every day in October – I wasn’t sure if I’d make it through, but I’m pretty excited that I did!
I also decided to run four half marathons in four weekends (two of them out-of-town) because that’s something normal people do. (Harvest, BMO, MEC, RnR Vancouver). It was during this time that I also started working on all the details to get the mortgage for my condo, because, of course, right?!
Then, 10 days after arriving home I moved. Previously, I’d shake my head and say, “Angela, what are you thinking?!” but now I just roll with it because that’s just how my life happens. All the crazy, all at once. Always.
And now? December.
I started my first link up Self Care Sunday and I’m really excited to see how it grows in 2015!
Aside from Christmas, I was super excited to host a blogger meetup at my house (which I then never blogged about? #fail. Thankfully, I’ve linked to recaps here for y’all!)
I also started back with running and hitting up some personal training sessions at the gym 🙂
Top 3 favourite posts
- 30 Things I’ve Learned at 30 <– this is 100% the most favourite post I’ve ever written and it seems pretty popular with y’all too! Even thought it’s still a few months off, I’m already thinking about a 31 Things I’ve Learned at 31 post 🙂
- Life With Anxiety <– okay, so technically this wasn’t written in 2014, but I do add more posts to it constantly, so let’s go with it.
- A Day in the Life of Merlin <– because you all probably read because of him.
Top 3 favourite blogger posts
(This was harder than I thought it would be, to come up with just 3 fabulous posts!)
- The Funny Thing About Rejection <– Lisa just wrote this post in the past week and holy moly, did it ever speak to me. I haven’t mentioned it before now, but I also applied to be a Rock ‘n’ Blogger and was rejected. Her comments and outlook really speak to how I want to approach blogging in 2015.
- I Know The Secret to Skinny <– I’m not a food blogger myself, but I love how Davida is able to share herself and post amazing recipes. As someone who was previously been far too focused on size, this was a wonderful post to read.
- Life with ED, Part 9 – A Good Day <– Danielle’s entire Life With ED series is wonderful (and was one of the reasons I started writing about anxiety…..and she’s the reason I ran a marathon) and I love how she’s so open about her struggle and shares how she’s improving. I need to put running a marathon and drinking beer with Danielle on my bucket list. (She recently got married, too!)
Top 3 events of 2014
- Running an ultra marathon
- Flying to STL for Ann’s wedding
- Completing an ultra Ragnar
(All these posts are linked above, so you can find ’em there)
Oh wait, buying a condo should probably be up there too, right?! Ha!
Top 3 meals of 2014
- My dinner at a winery with my sister after her first 10k and my half marathon in Kelowna
- Calzones in STL
- That time I got a ride home in an ATV by a cop (after dinner at an Italian place)
Apparently I didn’t eat (or blog about) many fancy meals. I like sharing food with friends, but what usually stands out in my mind is the time spent with friends and not necessarily the food.
Top 3 blogging trends of 2014
- Paleo and other weird crazy and restrictive diets. Sorry, not for me.
- WIAW. I only semi participate in this because I regularly forget to take pictures of my food. Like, always. On Christmas my mom asked if I was going to take a picture of the turkey, so I did.
- Pinterest. Blogging is now all about having an awesome Pinterest account and I’m working on it!
If you made it this far, you win! You know everything there is to know about my 2014!
What did you love about 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015?
I’ll be back next week for my plan for 2015 for blogging, fitness and being me!
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