You never quite realize how busy and eventful of a year it actually was until you review it month by month. I would’ve shrugged my shoulders at 2014, but looking back it was a pretty good year for me.
I tried to use mainly unseen photos for this post as that makes it more fun to reminisce.
2014 started off surreal. About a week in I woke up one morning to find out on Twitter I was headed to the GRAMMYs. A thing that had always been number one on my bucket list was happening. It was a crazy few days as I made arrangements and got proper documents and whew.
Before I could head off to rub elbows with the stars I had to visit Grand Rapids, Minnesota – the birthplace of Judy Garland for Delani’s last out of town hockey tournament.
Then it happened. I landed in Los Angeles. I quickly fell in love with the city I had always dreamed about and am already making plans to get back.
I saw as much of the city as I could in 24 hours and even managed to get my first tattoo at the celebrity friendly Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard – which many of you didn’t actually know until now so SURPRISE! (Fun fact: Drake was there that night getting inked too.)
The big day came and went and it still doesn’t seem real. From the pre-party to walking the red carpet to the ceremony to the after party…it was all pinch me worthy moments. I know I still haven’t written about it officially on the blog, but no worries I have it planned out for right before this years 2015 awards to soothe my spirit as I miss it incredibly.
I ended the month by visiting Duluth, Minnesota for Joe’s out of town hockey tournament for the third year in a row – but this time was different as Delani and I actually got to fully explore it and not just sit in ice rinks for once.
I camped out at the Mall of America (for like two hours, let’s be real) to secure wristbands to meet the ladies of Little Mix, a British girl group I had loved for years. I also spent Valentine’s Day getting drunk with one of my closest friends while we watched Steve Harvey’s most hilarious moments on Family Feud (seriously go do it whenever you’re feeling down.) It was an odd combination, but somehow it was the best Valentine’s Day plans I can remember.
The day when I actually got to meet Little Mix arrived! They were even more gorgeous and sweet in person. The next day I got to finally see them perform live too as part of the Neon Lights tour with Demi Lovato, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, and Collins Key. March was a month of revelation as I discovered my love of lipstick on a free sample. I now know what I was missing out on all these months and feel so powerful when my lips are painted colorfully. March was the only month I went to two concerts as I also saw Kodaline with my cousin Bobbi.
I took the plunge and after months of lusting over the lilac hair trend I dip-dyed the ends of my hair. Small steps. I also got the chance to visit my friend in Austin, Texas before she graduated from her Master’s program.
My cousin Joe had his first prom with his lovely girlfriend Grace as his date. They both looked spiffy. I also managed to catch another show of The 1975’s at First Avenue and fall for Matty Healy and the band all over again.
This was the month I turned 25 and quickly realized my internal crisis of the last year really wasn’t worth the hype. People still think I’m in high school anyways. Somehow 25 was the best birthday I’ve had in a long time.
I road tripped to Wisconsin to celebrate the wedding of the first close friend of mine to get hitched. I think the best part of June was I finally got answers to what had been going on with my health for a long time.
This was not the greatest month. We celebrated the Fourth of July with my grandpa in the hospital undergoing a dangerous procedure with his heart. My family couldn’t keep it at one crisis though as my mother experienced some real nasty health issues all at once and began the long stressful process of going out on social security disability. I too had to go through the tough realization that some friends aren’t healthy for each other, no matter how much you care for them.
My college roommate Emily gave birth to a beautiful boy named Atlas and I got to visit them at the hospital. I think Atlas might win the record for stealing my heart the quickest. I also got to have a mother daughter day when I took my mom to see The Book of Mormon. I had the soundtrack stuck in my head for days. It was wonderful and I need to see it again.
Chop, chop, chop. I cut off almost 16 inches of my hair after many indecisive ponderings if I wanted to. I’m so happy I did. Thanks to the help of my friend Jessica I was able to enter the world of occasional fashion blogging. Ed Sheeran came to the Twin Cities and I saw one of my favorite singers perform for the seventh time. My little baby of a blog hit 10,000 unique hits and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude.
I’m in Miami trick! Yes, October was the month I traveled to Miami with Domingo after much planning. We partied and basked in the sun of South Beach. The whole trip was centered around seeing One Direction in concert for the second time, this show being their last stop of the Where We Are tour.
My cousins, aunt, and I traveled to Fargo and pretended to be Bisons while my cousin checked out NDSU for school. On the way back we visited all of Minnesota’s oddest landmarks in an oversized otter and an abandoned asylum (stayed tuned for a post on that this week!)
My family was on the move lots during October as soon after we returned we were traveling down to Mankato, Minnesota to cheer on Joe in his first half-marathon.The thing that makes me the most pleased was October was when everything clicked with my blog. I figured out where I fit in the blogging community and started getting things set in action.
The last two months of the year were much calmer. My biggest accomplishment during these 30 days was I switched my blog to self-hosting thanks to the lovely Kristie at Blog Ambitions. It was also the month I started to make connections to help with my concert photography. I was on the work grind.
My blog went through a full overhaul and transformation. My biggest series was launched in the form of Musical Advent. The first blog sponsorship I selected on The Rachael Way went live and I booked many others for 2015. At Christmas my mom gifted me with a Birchbox subscription that I am excited to bring to the blog.
I’m excited for more travels – which hopefully includes leaving the country for the first time. I’m hoping my hard work will bring me many successes in my blog and my life. There’s seeing One Direction more than a few more times. To creating memories with my loved ones by having adventures and constantly seeking wonder and opportunity. Mostly, it’s to all the posts that should’ve been written in 2014 and the post ideas accumulated that have set Kati-Rose.com up for a nice variety of articles in the next twelve months.
What was the best thing that happened to you in 2014? What are you looking forward to in the next year?
P.S. – Start 2015 off on the right foot by browsing The Happiness Perspective, my series on tackling tricky areas of your life with easy tips for more happy days.
Until next time,