As 2014 comes to an end, I can't help but to reflect on this past year. Every year is different, some better than others, but thankfully 2014 has been good to me. I remember the previous year was one of the darkest times of my life, making this year full of tremendous growth and understanding. While thinking of 2014, I couldn't help but to highlight some of the highs and low points--
1) The birth of my niece, Kimberly Anne.
For the longest time I had to keep this a secret, but now I can finally introduce my beautiful niece, Kimberly Anne born February 28, 2014. It's always great to have a new addition to the family especially since it's just me, my parents, and my sister but now we have Kimberly in the picture. I cannot express the joy I feel when I hold her in my arms, it's as if the world stops just for her. Every time I see her face, I just want to protect her from anything and everything because she's that precious.
I'm thankful my boyfriend took me on a vacation to Miami, Key West, and Cozumel, Mexico this year. My love for traveling grew as my curiosity to explore unknown places increased. Knowing me, I would have wanted to put traveling off to the side for financial reasons, but my significant other managed to find a way for us to travel regardless. Without him, I would put my dreams of traveling on hold and watch my life go by wishing or thinking of the what if's.
Instead I was able to swim with the dolphins at Chankanaab, watch the locals come together to celebrate Carnaval, and explore the lavish Vizcaya estate on my last day in Miami. There are so many great memories that I'll forever cherish in my heart, but I'm also glad I took photos so that I can relive those memories through them.
3) Adopting P-Nut
For a while now my significant other has been volunteering at a local no-kill animal shelter. For a while now we have been contemplating whether or not we should adopt a puppy. To take on that responsibility or not was the question, but after seeing cute, little P-nuts face, we couldn't help it. It was love at first site.
4) Graduting FIDM & doing what I wanted to do.
No cap and gown pictures until this Spring, but I've finally finished Fashion school! This is one of the biggest accomplishments in life. Before FIDM, I had questioned whether or not if I wanted to go back and do what I really wanted to do but sacrifices would have to be made. I finally can say it was well worth it.
1) Losing friends.
In the past I've relied heavily on relationships and friendships as a means to be happy, but 2014 really tested me as to whether or not if I should keep those long-lasting friendships that I've been holding onto since high school. In the end, I decided to just move on and let life lead its course. Even though I've lost my friends, I was blessed enough to be surrounded by whole-hearted people to be there for me during my darkest times. Ironically, as this was happening, the quality of my friendships in L.A. grew exponentially and my friendships back at home have strengthen ten-folds.
My L.A. Girls
Love of my Life, Erica
What were some of your highs and lows of 2014?