Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of the year?
I have a unique situation as a blogger, because I can look back on my year and link to stories and events. And it’s a good thing I can, because 2014 was definitely a different year for me with some huge changes in my life. I started out the year as an account director at a downtown San Francisco public relations agency teaching group fitness on the side. I ended the year as a full-time fitness professional and writer/blogger. Wow. There have been many questions along the way, but I know I’m on the right path now.
A Lady Goes West basically came to life this year. While technically I started this blog right before moving to San Francisco in the fall of 2012, at first, I wrote much less frequently and only shared the posts with my friends and family. This year, starting in March, I decided to put more time into this little hobby of mine, and I’ve seen nothing but good things come from that choice. And I’ve said it a few times already over the holiday season, but I’m truly grateful for your readership and friendship over the past few months. Now, let’s get to the point of this post …
My 2014 year in review
This year marked the second full calendar year in which Dave and I have lived on the West Coast. We’ve had quite a few adventures, some of which were blogged about, and some of which were not.
Shown above from top left to right: Dave and me after I put him through his first personal training session, Dave and me after a yoga session, Dave and me at Fat Tire’s annual festival in Golden Gate Park and me at a DMB concert at the Greek. Good times.
Here are the highlights of the year that I can link to, listed in chronological order:
- We took an overnight trip to wine country and stayed in St. Helena at a lovely little B&B.
- Our very best friends, Grant and Bre, visited us for three days, which was a total surprise to Dave. When he came home from work on a Thursday evening, they jumped out and gave him one incredible shock. You can see our adventures here: Surprise visit and dinner at Kokkari, Bluebird day along the Embarcadero, Perfect park day at Fort Mason and Tandem bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge.
- I took a quick trip home to Florida to visit my parents.
- I became a certified personal trainer.
- Dave and I went to a Live at the Landmark concert at City Hall and discovered a new favorite band, St. Lucia.
- I launched and reviewed Les Mills BODYPUMP 89 and BODYATTACK 84 classes.
- We attended Dave’s sister’s wedding in Boonville and enjoyed fun with family and some amazing food. You can see our adventures here: Boonville Hotel, wine tour and barn dinner and Gorgeous outdoor wedding in Boonville.
- We went on an incredibly relaxing, yet fun group camping weekend trip to Big Basin State Park under the redwoods.
- We had an awesome time participating in San Francisco’s famous Bay to Breakers race across the city in costume with friends.
- We celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary in the City over Memorial Day.
- We went on an absolutely perfect vacation to Cabo. You can see our adventures here: Fabulous Cabo vacation recap one and Fabulous Cabo vacation recap two. And yes, we’re going back one day, we hope.
- I attended a Les Mills BODYATTACK Advanced Instructor Module 1.
- I started working as a personal trainer at Equinox in the Marina neighborhood.
- Our very dear Orlando friends, Jess and Amanda, visited us for a few days. You can see our adventures here: Friends colliding at Fort Mason Park and Culinary walking tour of the Mission District.
- I became a certified Kettlebell Athletics personal trainer.
- I partnered with ClassPass as it launched in San Francisco. I attended the launch party and tried out tons of cool classes around the City using the service. You can see my class reviews here: Pop Physique, Barry’s Bootcamp, Pure Barre, Cardio Barre, Elevate Fitness, The Pad Yoga, Glow Yoga, Aspen Aerials, TRX, Avant Barre, Moxie Yoga and Mint Studios.
- I launched and reviewed BODYPUMP 90 and BODYATTACK 85 classes.
- I had a piece published on POPSUGAR, and it not only made my day, but made my week. Here it is: Should You Lose Your Shoes During Your Next Workout?
- We went to our third Dave Matthew’s Band concert at the outdoor Greek Theatre in Berkeley and had a blast.
- I became a certified pre-and post-natal personal trainer.
- Dave and I reached the two-year milestone in San Francisco, and I wrote a pretty long-winded recap here: What I’ve learned from two years in the City.
- We traveled to Florida for a fun Labor Day weekend at my parent’s house using two free round-trip flights Dave won in a golf tournament. Woohoo!
- We spent a very San Francisco day at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park.
- I launched and reviewed Les Mills BODYPUMP 91 and BODYATTACK 86 classes.
- We went to one epic dinner to celebrate Dave’s birthday and finally got to see what House of Prime Rib is all about.
- I took a quick trip back to Florida for the weekend to celebrate a good friend’s engagement party, while Dave was away on a boy’s golfing trip.
- I partnered with fitmob and tried several fitness classes around San Francisco including In It to Win It, Raise the Barre and Satori Yoga.
- I went to several blogger events, including ones put on by POPSUGAR, Lululemon and BlogHer. And from these events, I’ve met some great blogging friends, who I absolutely adore.
- Dave and I took a roadtrip to San Diego for Thanksgiving. We ran a Turkey Trot, spent time with his family and explored the charming City of Carmel-by-the-Sea for a night.
- We spent a week in Florida for my birthday and Christmas and even had a super enjoyable overnight in Orlando.
- We made some big decisions about 2015.
In between all of these events, we hung out with friends, worked hard, visited tons of great restaurants and tried to take in as much as we could from living in the great city of San Francisco. 2015 is just a day away, and with the new year comes some major changes for us, and yes, my friends, you will definitely read all about it.
My challenge to you: Stop and think about your 2014
For all of you out there who don’t have a blog to look back on to recap your year, I challenge you to take a moment today or tomorrow to think about some of the good stuff that you’ve accomplished, or think of some of the fun that you’ve had. I truly enjoyed putting together this post, and it made me quite happy looking back at pictures and recalling funny moments. What’s the best way to do this? Think of every month by itself, starting with January and try to remember at least one good thing about each. I bet you can do it! Good luck!
That’s all I’ve got for you today, my friends. I’ll be checking in tomorrow with a usual post about food. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!
Questions of the day
What’s one good memory that you have from 2014? Do you have any New Years Eve plans? (And if you’re a reader who has never commented before, I’d love to hear from you. Go for it!)