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Onward & Upward

Guys. It’s 2014. As my homegirl Liz Lemon would say, “What the what! I can’t believe how fast the last twelve months have gone by, and the amount of amazing things I was able to fit into them. Without a doubt, 2013 was one of my best.

This was the year I truly pursued my love of fashion, earning a diploma in Fashion Merchandising from Blanche Macdonald, completing a buying internship at Roden Grey and then landing a wholesaling internship at Skout Agency (where I’ll be until March.) I gained some retail experience working at J.Crew (challenging myself for 2 months when this coincided with full time classes, my twice-a-week internship at Roden, and a second job at Earls), and volunteered at Eco Fashion Week as well as the Project True Fundraiser.

Cramming all of these experiences into the last year was exciting and exhausting, but definitely worth it. I found that the more I had on my plate, the more motivated and efficient I became. The main thing I want to bring to the coming year is that same drive I felt every time things were just on the cusp of being overwhelming. With school done I’ll have hours more free time each week and I plan on making the most of those rather than letting myself slip into a coma of restaurant work and late nights.

While my ‘resolutions’ for 2013 were pretty basic (as I remember they involved more sleep, gym, water, reading, blogging, and trips), I’m setting loftier, more tangible goals for this year.

  1. Complete my first ever 10K run- I’m planning on the annual Vancouver Sun Run in April
  2. Become conversationally fluent in French- armed with Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, I’m hoping the combination of these tools plus some time in France will do the trick
  3. Save and save and save for Europe 2014- expected departure date set for October

In addition to these more concrete goals, I also want to focus on developing some HTML and photography skills and really invest some time and thought into this blog. It’s come a long way since January 2013 (totaling 52 posts!) and I’m so excited about what’s to come.

Happy New Year’s y’all, it’s gonna be a good one!

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Shiny & New

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I’m back! The new year seemed like the perfect time to get back in the swing of things, especially given those pesky things called resolutions. But, before I look forward and list the all the things I’d like to accomplish in the next twelve months, I’d like to take a moment to reflect back on the epic year that was 2012.

This was a big one folks. Not only did I get to travel all over South East Asia for five months, I got to see my best friend tie the knot in Cuba, move to beautiful Vancouver, BC, make the decision to go back to school for something that I love (fashion merchandising at Blanche, thanks for asking!), and channel my inner Baumgartner while skydiving for the first time. I tried new things (including deep-fried scorpion), met new people, and learned how to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in six different languages. I read a lot (25 books while travelling alone), became addicted to a plethora of new music (Florence & the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons,  The Lumineers, and The Black Keys are always playing in my apartment), and finally replaced my almost seven year old laptop with a sleek ultrabook from Lenovo. It has truly been an incredible year.

So what am I looking forward to changing in 2013? I’m going back to basics: eight glasses of aqua and eight hours of sleep a day with three gym visits and one blog post a week. Let’s throw in two books a month and a weekend trip every four as well. Simple is usually the best way to go and I think by breaking things down this way I might actually be able to stick with them and reap the benefits.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2013!

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