Things I’ve done since I last blogged:

  1. Finished a fun semester of teaching with a great group of students.
  2. 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).
  3. Had a lovely multi-day Christmas spent with family, cooking two turkeys in the process.
  4. 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:

  1. “A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein (read my review!)
  2. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (read my review!)
  3. “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld (just finished it so no review but honestly it was splendid.)

Favourite places I visited in 2014:

  1. Kaua’i, Hawai’i.
  2. Jasper, Alberta.
  3. The Okanagan and Vancouver, B.C.
kauai, hawaii, poipu, beach, ocean, waves, tropical, sun rise, travel
The sunrise on our last morning in Kaua’i.

Favourite Gumption posts I wrote in 2014:

  1. Please Stop Pretending My Career Doesn’t Exist
  2. Why Studying Abroad Was The Best Decision I Ever Made
  3. Photo Friday: Back From BC
  4. Airing Out The Empty Nest
  5. No Way To Get There? Create Your Own Path
  6. Posts About Moms: Not Just For Mother’s Day
  7. 5 Things Being a Part-Time College Instructor Has Taught Me About Life
  8. On Loss, Grief, And Trying To Figure It All Out
  9. Notes On Starting A Brand New Chapter (Because Everyone Likes Surprises, Right?)
  10. This Is A Story About Anger
  11. 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:

  1. Watching the Habs beat the Leafs in Montreal on Valentine’s Day.
  2. Paying off my student loan (March, baby!)
  3. Going to Iceland.
  4. Turning 30 in Iceland (Which is better than turning 30 on its own.)
  5. Every new and exciting thing life throws my way.

My single, solitary New Years Resolution:

  1. Learn to skateboard.
unsplash, skateboard

That’s it! Now, tell me about your 2014 and what you’re looking forward to the most about 2015!