Things I’ve done since I last blogged:
- Finished a fun semester of teaching with a great group of students.
- Spent a week relaxing on a beach and getting in touch with my inner aloha in Kaua’I (more on this in the New Year).
- Had a lovely multi-day Christmas spent with family, cooking two turkeys in the process.
- Started running outside again (winter be damned.)
Yes, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy, I haven’t been feeling the desire to write, and everything but the holidays was pretty much put on hold. But, as the festivities wind down and 2015 looms ever-closer I’ve been feeling the siren song of a blank slate and I’m gingerly starting to dip my toes back into real life a bit.
Generally at this time of year I write a customary rambling post about how much I love the dawning of a new year and outline my plans in great detail. This time, however, I’m just going to write a few more lists. I’ve been writing a lot of them lately and I seem to be pretty good at them.
Best books I read in 2014:
- “A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein (read my review!)
- “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (read my review!)
- “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld (just finished it so no review but honestly it was splendid.)
Favourite places I visited in 2014:
- Kaua’i, Hawai’i.
- Jasper, Alberta.
- The Okanagan and Vancouver, B.C.
Favourite Gumption posts I wrote in 2014:
- Please Stop Pretending My Career Doesn’t Exist
- Why Studying Abroad Was The Best Decision I Ever Made
- Photo Friday: Back From BC
- Airing Out The Empty Nest
- No Way To Get There? Create Your Own Path
- Posts About Moms: Not Just For Mother’s Day
- 5 Things Being a Part-Time College Instructor Has Taught Me About Life
- On Loss, Grief, And Trying To Figure It All Out
- Notes On Starting A Brand New Chapter (Because Everyone Likes Surprises, Right?)
- This Is A Story About Anger
- How Not To Feel Like A Failure Most Of The Time And Start Appreciating The Small Things
Things I’m looking forward to in 2015:
- Watching the Habs beat the Leafs in Montreal on Valentine’s Day.
- Paying off my student loan (March, baby!)
- Going to Iceland.
- Turning 30 in Iceland (Which is better than turning 30 on its own.)
- Every new and exciting thing life throws my way.
My single, solitary New Years Resolution:
- Learn to skateboard.
That’s it! Now, tell me about your 2014 and what you’re looking forward to the most about 2015!