Saying Goodbye to 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015 2 0

{ The most popular post of 2015 – Breakfast Banana Bread. }

Happy 2015! J and I rang in the new year with a Chinese food feast with a big group of friends, followed by cocktails and pie and fireworks. It was a mellow evening – and a perfect way welcome 2015. It was also J’s birthday and he turned the big 3-0! (Can’t.even.believe.it!)

But before I can look ahead to the new year, let’s roundup 2014! I made the switch to food blogging in August and have loved it so much that I haven’t looked back! I love that food blogging combines two of my passions – photography and cooking.  J encouraged me to try food blogging, and his support has been amazing. This blog definitely wouldn’t be where it is today without him nudging me along, saying, “So, have you blogged that recipe yet? Have you taken photos of that dish? How’s the blog doing today?”

My most popular recipe of 2014 was my Breakfast Banana Bread – I was thrilled to finally create a banana bread that I love – it’s been a long time coming! I’ve made that banana bread countless times and even have some in my freezer right now! Other popular posts were Spiced Apple Rum Cocktail and Healthy Double Apple Oatmeal Muffins.

I always like starting a new year fresh –  I like the opportunity to leave last year behind and think about how I can make the upcoming year better, while growing to be a better person. My resolutions for 2015 are simple:

1. Choose happiness. I firmly believe that though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react, and by choosing happiness we are one step ahead. Life isn’t about pleasing everyone else, and I always need a reminder to choose what makes me happy. This year I choose to be happy, to be myself, and to be the best person I can be. Choosing happiness ties right in with resolution #2…

2. Be zen. I have a tendency to get worked up and bottle my emotions inside, which leads to anxiety and stress. I’ve often told myself that I’m good at dealing with stress because I’m outwardly calm and don’t take it out on others, but I’ve learned that bottling it up inside is worse! This year I want to cultivate zen, and combat anxiety head on. I will practice more yoga, meditation, and talk it out with J when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

3. Drink more water. At work I fill up a big water bottle every day, but I find I slack off when I’m at home. This year I’d like to drink one full glass of water as soon as I wake up every day, and continue to drink lots at night.

More great resolutions in this article – the best I’ve read on the subject this year.

Thank you for all your support in 2014! I wish you a very happy and healthy 2015.

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Weekend Adventure: Los Angeles

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 0 0

Ha, is it funny that I follow up a hiking adventure with a weekend jaunt to LA?

Well, to LA I went, from Friday to Sunday last weekend! I was there half for work, and half for fun – and the heat and beach and fresh fruit and mini roadtrips up the coast were exactly what I needed.

It’s a weird thing traveling alone. On the one hand, it’s wonderful to have some time to yourself to rest and recharge (which doesn’t often happen) but then there’s those days where it’s the middle of the afternoon and you realise you haven’t spoken a single word out loud yet that day. Except to swear at yourself when you drop half your breakfast on the floor. And then you have those exhilaratingly happy moments when you’re driving with the windows down and the wind in your hair and the tunes on the radio and the endless ocean out the car window, and you smile and feel gleeful, and wish there was someone in the passenger seat to share that with.

A few snapshots from my trip –

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weekend adventure: hiking the chief | squamish, bc

Monday, June 9, 2014 0 0

I wanted to go on an adventure with J this weekend. We’d been talking about hiking The Chief  for a while, so once I googled around and saw it was listed as an easy-intermediate hike, I thought NBD – let’s do it! I grabbed my camera, threw on my running shoes, and out the door at 8am on Sunday morning we went.

Now, I am not a hiker. I have probably gone on 5 hikes in my entire life. Max. When we were 2/3 of the way up and my legs were on fire, I may have uttered some choice words about it being a “death march”! ;) But – the views! The views alone make it all worth it. And the feelings of perseverance and accomplishment aren’t so bad either!

 

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Lighter

Monday, May 26, 2014 3 0

 

I chopped off my hair over the weekend, and I’m left feeling lighter – lighter physically, but lighter also in my mind. Five years ago when I did a similar chop of my hair, I experienced the same – it’s like cutting off those years of hair growth help you let go of years of anxieties and worries and give you a fresh start. I feel clear-headed, fresh, and a little bit sassy ;)

Sometimes a fresh start is just what you need.

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And a fresh, summery outfit to go along with the new haircut. I wish you all a fresh week.

{ shirt: JCrew | sunglasses: SPY }

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8 Guys and 2 Gals Go To Mexico

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 0 0

 

{ Beached bros at the resort }

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{ My lover at Lover’s Beach }

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{ Paradise. And so many Pacificos. }

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{ Why do I live in cold and rainy Vancouver, again?! }

 

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{ Love this guy! }

Traveling to Mexico with 8 dudes and 1 gal can be summed up as: so many Pacificos, Coronas, and tequila shots, wet t-shirt contests and pushup competitions, laughs and high-fives, bros sunscreening each others’ backs, the most delicious tacos ever, cramming 10 people into a van built for 5, massages on the beach, dance parties on the hugest catamaran ever, swimming with whale sharks (!), lazy days and fun nights and not much sleep.

The weather was hot, the resort was luxurious, the food was the best ever. I wondered many times why I lived in a cold and rainy city and not on the beach in Mexico.

Now I am back in this rainy city of mine, and as predicted, it’s rainy and gross. It is, however, nice to be able to get a full night’s sleep. ;)

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