Happy New Year!

Wow! 2014 is over, just like that. For me, it was one of the best, if not the very best, year of my life. So much happened! I married the love of my life and had my dream wedding.  I changed jobs, making the difficult decision to choose a less “prestigious” career path and opt for a “lifestyle” job with a different pace and more time for my hobbies and the people in my life.  It wasn’t easy, but it was the right choice and I haven’t looked back.  I had the most amazing bachelorette party in Las Vegas with 12 of my closest friends.  Since that trip, I can’t help but giggle every time I think of chicken strips. I watched my sister marry her soulmate and they are about to have a baby girl any day now! And that’s not all! My best friend had a beautiful baby boy, and D’s brother and sister-in-law had an adorable son with a head of hair that makes all the babies on the block jealous.  My dad retired and has never been happier.  D and I spent a good chunk of the year on vacation in sunny destinations and luxurious accommodations, spending quality time with friends, and going to too many concerts that I lost count. So many good things happened over the year and I feel like so lucky.

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So, does that mean I’m sad to say goodbye to 2014? Perhaps surprisingly, I’m not as reluctant to let it go as I might have thought.  For some friends, 2014 really sucked (I’m talking to you, K!) and they are looking forward to a fresh start in the new year… and if moving on to a new year is what it takes for things to get a little bit better for them, then I can go along with that.  Also, while I know it will be hard to top 2014, I have some ideas on how to make 2015 pretty amazing in its own right… so I am excited to see how this new year unfolds and where life goes from here.

But for now, here are a few snapshots from 2014:

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Above: our magical Whistler wedding in August

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Above, right to left: 1) Wedding Photobooth 2) NYE 2014 at Hotel Vancouver 3) Mexico for my sister’s wedding 4) Outdoor concert at the Malkin Bowl

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Above, right to left: 1) Las Vegas for my Bachelorette 2) Wine tasting in Kelowna, BC for N’s 30th birthday 3) Vancouver Island for D + J’s wedding 4) Patio drinks in Gastown with D 5) My bridal shower 6) Summer weekend fun 7) My niece H at our wedding 8) and 9) Our honeymoon in Maui, and 10) Wine tasting in September in Oliver, BC

Wishing you a wonderful, memorable, and happy 2015!




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