2014 has been an excellent year. I’ve discovered new places, made new friends, seen older friendships strengthen, learned more about myself, and grown in more ways than I can quantify. Without further ado, here are my top ten of 2014 (in no particular order):
1. My trip to Dachau
I wrote a post on this. My trip to Dachau moved me so much that I was emotionally drained afterwards. I spent the rest of the night in my hotel room…in complete silence. Just trying to process everything I’d seen and learned. This trip ignited a desire to learn more about the Holocaust and everything leading up to it. I devoured documentaries on Netflix. It left an indelible mark on my heart and soul. Never Again.
2. Visiting Brussels during Belgian Beer Weekend
Another post dedicated to this. I had no idea that this was going on until I stepped off of the plane. In a day, I explored a bit of Brussels, ate way too much chocolate, drank delicious beer, and had a fantastic time with my crew. A new favourite destination on my list.
3. Buying our first home
My husband and I bought our first home in July and we love it! Our little house is perfect for us – close to a lot of things, great layout for a party. We’re still settling in, but we enjoy having our own space after living in apartments for two years.
4. The London trip
I took my husband to London for a week in October. It was his first time out of the country. We had a blast! I gladly played tourist with him and saw a lot in a week: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, London Eye, Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Windsor Castle (and we saw the Queen!!!), Stonehenge, Bath, and Buckingham Palace. There’s a lot more for him to see, but he got a thorough introduction to my hometown that week. My husband discovered his love for proper fish and chips and pub lunches. He probably knows the Tube like the back of his hand (or at least the Circle, District, and Jubilee lines). But most importantly, he met my family members in London. That made me happiest of all.
5. Cycling in Amsterdam
A crewmember and I went cycling in the Dutch countryside and it was amazing. 2 hours of green fields, cows, chickens, goats, and adorable houses. It was so relaxing. The pint of Heineken tasted extra good after that bike ride!
6. Walking around the monuments in Washington, D.C at night.
This night was so much fun! The weather was perfect and the crowds were minimal. Two other crewmembers and myself walked to Lincoln, Washington, MLK, Jefferson, and the other ones around the Tidal Basin. This experience made DC one of my favourite cities.
7. Becoming a US Citizen
It was about time. I’ve lived in the US for almost 20 years now. I’m glad that the process is finally over and that I’m able to exercise my rights. I voted for the first time in the midterm elections. Just about everything I voted for lost, but that’s I’m okay with that. #MERICA
8. Stopped biting my nails
This is a big deal because it’d been a nasty habit for as long as I can remember. One day, I say “enough” and stopped. This small victory has taught me that I can change and grow. That nothing needs to have power over me.
9. Seeing friends / family on layovers
One of the great perks of my job is being in cities where my friends/family live. Baltimore, DC, Seattle, London, and everywhere in between. I absolutely love seeing people on my layovers. Some of my favourite times have included sharing a bottle of wine with my best friend and riding around London at night with my dad.
10. Starting weightlifting
I love it. I have no idea why I ever stopped. Or was scared to start again. I’m on the last stretch of this program and I’ve already seen a difference in my strength. Yay!
Here’s to twenty fifteen and all that it holds,