2014 had a rocky start for me; my doctor recommended I put my studies on hold for a semester for health reasons and I felt like I was in a pretty dark place. Fast forward to today and looking back on this year it was one of the best for me in the sense of personal growth and self-exploration. I wasn’t happy at my college studying graphic design; I thought I loved it (and I still enjoy some aspects of it), but it ended up turning into a bad relationship, as I was finding it so emotionally draining and was just not happy. I started asking myself what I wanted in life and I narrowed it down to three things that I wanted to do in 2014; I wanted to go back to University and finish my degree, I wanted to start a blog and I wanted to volunteer abroad. Lo and behold, I finally worked up the courage to create ‘ellerow’ and I have been enjoying every minute of it and watching it grow! At the end of summer I went to Guatemala to volunteer at an animal shelter and September I found myself back at University.
Among the countless sushi dates, Starbucks trips and movie nights, I actually did quite a bit throughout 2014. If you want to look back on my year with me, carry on reading!
I went to see Bobby Lee’s standup and one of my childhood friends actually opened up for him, which was awesome! My eyebrows here? Not so awesome…
Kenny vs Spenny vs Canada
Went to the Game of Thrones Exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox, which was AMAZING. They had the oculus rift too which was so cool.
The Distillery District is always a good time!
And I finally went to Friday Night Live at the ROM. This picture really emphasizes my lack of height:
Where are my pants?!
Shelly made me feel pretty:
I spent Canada Day jammin’ to Matt Mays
And Germany won the World Cup!!!
And lots of beach trips (and sunburns) strewn in between:
August started in Montreal for Osheaga (Lol @ the guy in yellow. You can read more about this weekend here)…
Mum and I were very enthralled and amazed by the Alex Colville exhibit at the AGO. If you still have not seen it and are in the Toronto area, you still have a few days! It is here until January 4th 2015.
Went to the world premiere of Susanne Bier’s film, ‘A Second Chance’, which starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau *swoon*
I also turned 24 at the end of September, even though I insisted I was okay staying 23.
October involved quite a few things…
Nuit Blanche (I didn’t get too far as it was absolutely freezing and there were too many drunk people). These were two of the projects I did enjoy though:
Medieval Times (w00t)
The Book of Mormon was hilarious, but unfortunately I was in a rotten mood this day:
Thanksgiving aka consuming large quantities of pies. That mug was made for me by my friend, Shelly, AND I LOVE IT.
I saw Bastille live!
And I went as a creepy doll for Halloween:
And Fang went as No-Face:
Went to Amy Poehler’s book signing which I talk about in this blogpost.
Saw Mother Mother and I have a post about this weekend which you can read here.
I also saw Hamlet at the Winter Garden Theatre:
We got a wee bit of snow beginning of December, which Sweeney was NOT impressed by:
Unfortunately, the snow didn’t last so we didn’t get a white Christmas here (but no ice storm like last year thankfully!). Nonetheless, I still had a great Christmas spent with the people who matter most (this is officially our family Christmas card forever).
My baby brother also turned 19, which I am still having a hard time believing. It was spent with lots of good food, drinks and Second City!
And I went to the Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain (twice) which is the epitome of relaxation:
I also joined ipsy in October which I have been loving. They actually featured this picture of mine on their Instagram which is SO cool! And it is almost at 10 000 likes—how insane is that?! Thanks ipsy!!
Other things that happened throughout the year…
I seem to have ate at Fresh a lot:
And did quite a bit of vegan baking (and I wonder why I can’t achieve that six pack…)
I also volunteered at 3 different film festivals:
TIFF Kids (what am I doing with my hands? That remains a mystery)
Hot Docs 🙂
And of course, the Toronto International Film Festival. Ever wonder what the view is from the Winter Garden stage? I had an awesome captain who let us find out:
I spent a lot of time with animals (thus, this was one of my worst years for allergies):
My sister’s booboos
I also spent a lot of time with these kiddos:
Looking at these photos make me feel so incredibly happy and blessed. I had an amazing year spent with amazing people and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store! Cheers to the New Year!